These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Tennessee For 2018


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 for 2018:

  1. Tullahoma (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Winchester (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Fayetteville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Signal Mountain (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Johnson City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Brentwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Nolensville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Franklin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Mount Juliet (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Hendersonville (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So hopefully La Follette (the cheapest place to live in Tennessee) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out the best places to live in Tennessee or the cheapest.

1. Tullahoma

Tullahoma, Tennessee

Population: 18,769
Services: 103
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 96
Housing: 70
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 106
More on Tullahoma: Homes For Sale | Data
Tullahoma is a city in Coffee and Franklin counties in the south-central part of the U.S. state of Tennessee. The population was 18,655 at the 2010 census. In 2014 the population was estimated to be 18,899. It is the principal city of the Tullahoma micropolitan area, which consists of Coffee, Franklin, and Moore counties and is the second largest micropolitan area in Tennessee.

2. Winchester

Winchester, Tennessee

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Population: 8,475
Services: 103
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 96
Housing: 60
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 106
More on Winchester: Homes For Sale | Data
Winchester is a city in and the county seat of Franklin County, Tennessee, United States. It is part of the Tullahoma, Tennessee Micropolitan Statistical Area.

3. Fayetteville

Fayetteville, Tennessee

Population: 6,887
Services: 103
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 96
Housing: 56
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 106
More on Fayetteville: Homes For Sale | Data
Fayetteville is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 6,994 at the 2000 census, and 6,827 at the 2010 census. A census estimate from 2012 showed 7,072.

4. Signal Mountain

Signal Mountain, Tennessee

Population: 7,573
Services: 97
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 103
Housing: 153
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 92
More on Signal Mountain: Homes For Sale | Data
Signal Mountain is a town in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. The town is a suburb of Chattanooga and is located on Walden Ridge, a land mass often mistakenly referred to as “Signal Mountain” itself. Signal Mountain is also used as a colloquial name for part of the Walden Ridge close to the town. The town population was 7,554 as of the 2010 census. The population for zip code 37377 was 15,310 as of the 2010 census.

5. Johnson City

Johnson City, Tennessee

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Population: 62,998
Services: 99
Groceries: 102
Health Care: 100
Housing: 81
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 92
More on Johnson City: Homes For Sale | Data
Johnson City is a city in Washington, Carter, and Sullivan counties in the U.S. state of Tennessee, with most of the city being in Washington County. As of the 2010 census, the population of Johnson City was 63,152, and by 2015 the estimated population was 66,027, making it the ninth-largest city in the state.

6. Brentwood

Brentwood, Tennessee

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Population: 37,288
Services: 102
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 86
Housing: 255
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 102
More on Brentwood: Homes For Sale | Data
Brentwood is a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee; located in Williamson County, it is known for its rolling hills as well as being one of the wealthiest cities in America relative to average cost of living. The population was 37,060 as of the 2010 U.S. Census, and estimated at 40,982 in 2014.

7. Nolensville

Nolensville, Tennessee

Population: 5,812
Services: 102
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 86
Housing: 169
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 102
More on Nolensville: Homes For Sale | Data
Nolensville is a town in Williamson County, Tennessee. The population was 5,861 at the 2010 census.

8. Franklin

Franklin, Tennessee

Population: 63,117
Services: 102
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 86
Housing: 155
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 102
More on Franklin: Homes For Sale | Data
Franklin is a city in, and the county seat of, Williamson County, Tennessee, United States. Located about 21 miles south of Nashville, it is one of the principal cities of the Nashville metropolitan area. Since 1980, its population has increased more than fivefold and, based on its 2013 estimated population of 68,886, it is ranked as the seventh-largest city in Tennessee.

9. Mount Juliet

Mount Juliet, Tennessee

Population: 24,557
Services: 102
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 86
Housing: 109
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 102
More on Mount Juliet: Homes For Sale | Data
Mt. Juliet is a city located in western Wilson County, Tennessee. A suburb of Nashville, it is approximately 17 miles east of downtown Nashville. Mt. Juliet is located mostly between two major national east-west routes, Interstate 40 and U.S. Route 70. As of the 2015 special census, the city has a total population of 28,156. Mt. Juliet is the largest city in Wilson County. The official city charter has the name listed as Mt. Juliet, however the United States Postal Service lists the name as Mount Juliet.

10. Hendersonville

Hendersonville, Tennessee

Population: 51,500
Services: 102
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 86
Housing: 105
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 102
More on Hendersonville: Homes For Sale | Data
Hendersonville is the largest city in Sumner County, Tennessee, on Old Hickory Lake. The population was 51,372 at the 2010 census and 54,068 according 2013 estimates.

How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Volunteer State For 2018

Cheapest And Most Expensive Places To Live In Tennessee Map
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.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 92 places in Tennessee that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

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

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

  1. La Follette
  2. Harriman
  3. Rockwood

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Tennessee

Rank City Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Tullahoma 18,769 103 95 96
2 Winchester 8,475 103 95 96
3 Fayetteville 6,887 103 95 96
4 Signal Mountain 7,573 97 95 103
5 Johnson City 62,998 99 102 100
6 Brentwood 37,288 102 94 86
7 Nolensville 5,812 102 94 86
8 Franklin 63,117 102 94 86
9 Mount Juliet 24,557 102 94 86
10 Hendersonville 51,500 102 94 86
11 Goodlettsville 15,960 102 94 86
12 Murfreesboro 109,172 102 94 86
13 White House 10,243 102 94 86
14 Lebanon 26,510 102 94 86
15 Nashville 629,113 102 94 86
16 Fairview 7,778 102 94 86
17 Erwin 6,080 99 102 100
18 Soddy-Daisy 12,691 97 95 103
19 Chattanooga 167,869 97 95 103
20 Gallatin 30,449 102 94 86
21 La Vergne 32,458 102 94 86
22 Smyrna 40,118 102 94 86
23 Millersville 6,181 102 94 86
24 Greenbrier 6,420 102 94 86
25 Elizabethton 14,228 99 102 100
26 East Ridge 20,996 97 95 103
27 Red Bank 11,723 97 95 103
28 Clarksville 133,583 102 94 86
29 Dickson 14,629 102 94 86
30 Portland 11,454 87 95 94
31 Springfield 16,445 102 94 86
32 Manchester 10,090 97 95 103
33 Jonesborough 5,020 100 91 89
34 Jackson 66,009 113 89 91
35 Mount Carmel 5,409 100 91 89
36 Martin 11,330 113 89 91
37 Lexington 7,703 113 89 91
38 Spring Hill 28,764 102 102 83
39 Henderson 6,263 113 89 91
40 Kingsport 50,131 100 91 89
41 Church Hill 6,710 100 91 89
42 Ripley 8,408 113 89 91
43 Greeneville 15,106 100 91 89
44 Morristown 29,112 100 91 89
45 Brownsville 10,223 113 89 91
46 Dyersburg 17,132 113 89 91
47 Jefferson City 8,118 100 91 89
48 Milan 7,842 113 89 91
49 Union City 10,878 113 89 91
50 Savannah 6,983 113 89 91
51 Bristol 26,639 100 91 89
52 Bolivar 5,432 113 89 91
53 Humboldt 8,452 113 89 91
54 Paris 10,139 113 89 91
55 Newport 6,968 100 91 89
56 Columbia 34,785 102 102 83
57 Lewisburg 11,121 102 102 83
58 Shelbyville 20,312 102 102 83
59 Germantown 38,954 93 91 85
60 Farragut 20,688 93 84 89
61 Collierville 44,613 93 91 85
62 Arlington 11,108 93 91 85
63 Lakeland 12,218 93 91 85
64 Lawrenceburg 10,413 102 102 83
65 Pulaski 7,850 102 102 83
66 Oakland 6,508 93 91 85
67 Bartlett 54,452 93 91 85
68 Atoka 8,356 93 91 85
69 Maryville 27,547 93 84 89
70 Collegedale 8,367 94 92 88
71 Pigeon Forge 5,917 93 84 89
72 Sevierville 14,971 93 84 89
73 Munford 5,929 93 91 85
74 Cookeville 30,439 90 93 87
75 Cleveland 41,461 94 92 88
76 Oak Ridge 29,235 93 84 89
77 Millington 10,377 93 91 85
78 Kingston 5,915 93 84 89
79 Clinton 9,827 93 84 89
80 Crossville 10,894 90 93 87
81 Alcoa 8,498 93 84 89
82 Knoxville 179,973 93 84 89
83 Memphis 651,050 93 91 85
84 Loudon 5,460 93 84 89
85 Lenoir City 8,653 93 84 89
86 Covington 9,068 93 91 85
87 Dayton 7,217 94 92 88
88 Athens 13,492 94 92 88
89 Sweetwater 5,827 94 92 88
90 Rockwood 5,537 93 84 89
91 Harriman 6,369 93 84 89
92 La Follette 7,447 93 84 89

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