These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Tennessee


We used science and data to determine which cities in Tennessee that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Tennessee does this very well. Families love the Volunteer State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Tennessee that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state. After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Tennessee:

  1. Brentwood (Photos)
  2. Nolensville (Photos)
  3. Signal Mountain (Photos)
  4. Franklin (Photos)
  5. Mount Juliet (Photos)
  6. Hendersonville (Photos)
  7. Goodlettsville (Photos)
  8. Spring Hill (Photos)
  9. Murfreesboro (Photos)
  10. White House (Photos)

If you’re wondering, La Follette is the most affordable city in Tennessee.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Tennessee.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities In Tennessee

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Tennessee to figure out which is the most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 94 places in Tennessee that have more than 5,000 people.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Brentwood, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Brentwood

Brentwood, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,059
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 94
Housing Index: 255
Healthcare Index: 86
Transportation Index: 97
Utilities Index: 102

2. Nolensville

Nolensville, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,131
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 94
Housing Index: 169
Healthcare Index: 86
Transportation Index: 97
Utilities Index: 102

3. Signal Mountain

Signal Mountain, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,416
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 95
Housing Index: 153
Healthcare Index: 103
Transportation Index: 97
Utilities Index: 92

4. Franklin

Franklin, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,596
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 94
Housing Index: 155
Healthcare Index: 86
Transportation Index: 97
Utilities Index: 102

5. Mount Juliet

Mount Juliet, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,053
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 94
Housing Index: 109
Healthcare Index: 86
Transportation Index: 97
Utilities Index: 102

6. Hendersonville

Hendersonville, Tennessee

Source: Flickr

Population: 53,257
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 94
Housing Index: 105
Healthcare Index: 86
Transportation Index: 97
Utilities Index: 102

7. Goodlettsville

Goodlettsville, Tennessee

Source: Flickr

Population: 16,466
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 94
Housing Index: 102
Healthcare Index: 86
Transportation Index: 97
Utilities Index: 102

8. Spring Hill

Spring Hill, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,467
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 102
Housing Index: 112
Healthcare Index: 83
Transportation Index: 94
Utilities Index: 89

9. Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 114,660
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 94
Housing Index: 96
Healthcare Index: 86
Transportation Index: 97
Utilities Index: 102

10. White House

White House, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,618
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 94
Housing Index: 96
Healthcare Index: 86
Transportation Index: 97
Utilities Index: 102

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Tennessee that have the highest cost of living, with Brentwood ranking as the most exensive city in the Volunteer State.

If you’re curious, here are the most least expensive cities in Tennessee:

  1. La Follette
  2. McMinnville
  3. Harriman

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Tennessee

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Brentwood 1 39,059 102 94 86 255 97 102
Nolensville 2 6,131 102 94 86 169 97 102
Signal Mountain 3 8,416 97 95 103 153 97 92
Franklin 4 66,596 102 94 86 155 97 102
Mount Juliet 5 27,053 102 94 86 109 97 102
Hendersonville 6 53,257 102 94 86 105 97 102
Goodlettsville 7 16,466 102 94 86 102 97 102
Spring Hill 8 31,467 102 102 83 112 94 89
Murfreesboro 9 114,660 102 94 86 96 97 102
White House 10 10,618 102 94 86 96 97 102
Lebanon 11 27,847 102 94 86 92 97 102
Farragut 12 21,111 93 84 89 160 90 90
Nashville 13 624,261 102 94 86 91 97 102
Fairview 14 8,020 102 94 86 91 97 102
Johnson City 15 64,614 99 102 100 81 106 92
Germantown 16 39,207 93 91 85 154 89 97
Gallatin 17 31,800 102 94 86 89 97 102
La Vergne 18 33,637 102 94 86 87 97 102
Smyrna 19 42,235 102 94 86 86 97 102
Collierville 20 46,780 93 91 85 143 89 97
Arlington 21 11,623 93 91 85 143 89 97
Lakeland 22 12,549 93 91 85 125 89 97
Millersville 23 6,481 102 94 86 85 97 102
Greenbrier 24 6,550 102 94 86 83 97 102
Tullahoma 25 18,900 103 95 96 70 98 106
Soddy-Daisy 26 13,109 97 95 103 78 97 92
Oakland 27 6,944 93 91 85 107 89 97
Chattanooga 28 171,863 97 95 103 77 97 92
Bartlett 29 57,805 93 91 85 106 89 97
Clarksville 30 140,563 102 94 86 79 97 102
Jonesborough 31 5,138 100 91 89 83 94 98
Atoka 32 8,727 93 91 85 97 89 97
Maryville 33 27,824 93 84 89 96 90 90
East Ridge 34 21,220 97 95 103 70 97 92
Dickson 35 14,814 102 94 86 73 97 102
Red Bank 36 11,759 97 95 103 69 97 92
Portland 37 11,853 87 95 94 74 96 106
Pigeon Forge 38 6,004 93 84 89 90 90 90
Winchester 39 8,493 103 95 96 60 98 106
Springfield 40 16,598 102 94 86 72 97 102
Collegedale 41 9,488 94 92 88 91 88 81
Sevierville 42 15,592 93 84 89 89 90 90
Erwin 43 6,052 99 102 100 63 106 92
Mount Carmel 44 5,443 100 91 89 73 94 98
Fayetteville 45 6,991 103 95 96 56 98 106
Munford 46 6,001 93 91 85 86 89 97
Manchester 47 10,223 97 95 103 63 97 92
Elizabethton 48 14,322 99 102 100 57 106 92
Jackson 49 67,190 113 89 91 68 96 90
Oak Ridge 50 29,301 93 84 89 81 90 90
Kingsport 51 52,835 100 91 89 68 94 98
Church Hill 52 6,742 100 91 89 68 94 98
Cookeville 53 31,004 90 93 87 80 93 85
Cleveland 54 42,331 94 92 88 82 88 81
Millington 55 11,152 93 91 85 79 89 97
Lexington 56 7,771 113 89 91 64 96 90
Martin 57 11,396 113 89 91 64 96 90
Greeneville 58 15,015 100 91 89 64 94 98
Columbia 59 35,207 102 102 83 67 94 89
Morristown 60 29,152 100 91 89 64 94 98
Jefferson City 61 8,342 100 91 89 63 94 98
Henderson 62 6,429 113 89 91 62 96 90
Kingston 63 5,888 93 84 89 75 90 90
Bristol 64 26,705 100 91 89 60 94 98
Clinton 65 9,874 93 84 89 72 90 90
Ripley 66 8,350 113 89 91 56 96 90
Alcoa 67 8,556 93 84 89 70 90 90
Crossville 68 11,125 90 93 87 70 93 85
Brownsville 69 10,079 113 89 91 55 96 90
Dyersburg 70 16,998 113 89 91 55 96 90
Knoxville 71 181,759 93 84 89 69 90 90
Union City 72 10,791 113 89 91 53 96 90
Savannah 73 7,029 113 89 91 53 96 90
Milan 74 7,826 113 89 91 53 96 90
Loudon 75 5,606 93 84 89 66 90 90
Lewisburg 76 11,252 102 102 83 56 94 89
Shelbyville 77 20,616 102 102 83 56 94 89
Bolivar 78 5,275 113 89 91 51 96 90
Memphis 79 656,715 93 91 85 65 89 97
Humboldt 80 8,363 113 89 91 49 96 90
Paris 81 10,165 113 89 91 49 96 90
Lenoir City 82 8,867 93 84 89 64 90 90
Newport 83 6,890 100 91 89 51 94 98
Mckenzie 84 5,561 113 89 91 49 96 90
Pulaski 85 7,734 102 102 83 52 94 89
Lawrenceburg 86 10,440 102 102 83 52 94 89
Dayton 87 7,316 94 92 88 62 88 81
Covington 88 9,033 93 91 85 60 89 97
Athens 89 13,603 94 92 88 62 88 81
Sweetwater 90 5,856 94 92 88 59 88 81
Rockwood 91 5,480 93 84 89 54 90 90
Harriman 92 6,296 93 84 89 52 90 90
Mcminnville 93 13,600 90 93 87 51 93 85
La Follette 94 7,304 93 84 89 47 90 90

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