Shelbyville cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
Cost of living index8390100
Goods & Services index9697100
Groceries index9593100
Health care index8189100
Housing index6180100
Transportation index8590100
Utilities index9195100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Shelbyville, TN cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Tennessee and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Shelbyville, TN is 83, which is 8% lower than the Tennessee average and 17% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Shelbyville, TN are 1% lower than the average for Tennessee and 4% lower than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Shelbyville is 8% lower than the Tennessee average.
  • The cost of living in Shelbyville is 17% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Shelbyville is 39% lower than the national average.
  • Tennessee general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average.
  • Tennessee state income tax is 125% higher than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Shelbyville, TN, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Shelbyville, TN, the median monthly income is $50,286 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,173 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $29,988, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $700 on monthly rental expenses.

Tennessee Sales Tax

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Tennessee Income Tax

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For those who live in Shelbyville, TN and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Tennessee income tax rate and the Tennessee sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Tennessee, the sales tax is 7%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 9.75%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Tennessee, the income tax rate ranges between 5% to 5%.

Goods & Services

ItemShelbyvilleNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.25$16.0917.6%
Beauty Salon $25.90$37.3330.6%
Toothpaste $2.24$2.458.6%
Shampoo $0.98$1.002.1%
Movie $10.13$10.281.5%
Bowling $4.56$4.937.6%


ItemShelbyvilleNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.70$3.802.6%
Fried Chicken $1.29$1.407.9%
Milk $1.87$2.017.0%
Potatoes $2.27$3.0124.7%
Pizza $8.49$9.8914.1%
Beer $8.85$8.900.6%

Health Care

ItemShelbyvilleNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $75.67$102.1625.9%
Doctor $77.78$108.3628.2%
Dentist $70.33$92.5324.0%
Ibuprofen $8.50$9.288.4%
Lipitor $430.59$425.821.1%


ItemShelbyvilleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $104,200.00$184,700.0043.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,082.08$1,202.4410.0%
Apartment Rent $696.00$949.0026.7%


ItemShelbyvilleNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.04$2.249.3%
Tire Balancing $34.31$46.2925.9%


ItemShelbyvilleNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$142.69$165.9614.0%
Phone $28.00$28.682.4%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

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Petersburg, TN69877-23%
Normandy, TN8078-22%
Wartrace, TN63882-18%
Tullahoma, TN19,18592-8%
Unionville, TN1,31486-14%
Shelbyville, TN20,91683-17%

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Salmon Creek, WA20,96111616%
Shelbyville, TN20,91683-17%
Source: The Shelbyville, TN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.