These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities 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
  2. Winchester (Photos)
  3. Fayetteville (Photos)
  4. Signal Mountain (Photos)
  5. Johnson City (Photos)
  6. Brentwood (Photos)
  7. Nolensville (Photos)
  8. Franklin (Photos)
  9. Mount Juliet (Photos)
  10. Hendersonville (Photos)

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.

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

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.

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1. Tullahoma


Population: 18,769
Services: 103
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 96
Housing: 70
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 106
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,475
Services: 103
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 96
Housing: 60
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 106
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,887
Services: 103
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 96
Housing: 56
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 106
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,573
Services: 97
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 103
Housing: 153
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 92
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 62,998
Services: 99
Groceries: 102
Health Care: 100
Housing: 81
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 92
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,288
Services: 102
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 86
Housing: 255
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 102
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

Source: Wikipedia

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

8. Franklin

Franklin, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 63,117
Services: 102
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 86
Housing: 155
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 102
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,557
Services: 102
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 86
Housing: 109
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 102
Mt. Juliet (also known as Mount Juliet) is a city located in western Wilson County, Tennessee. A suburb of Nashville, it is approximately 17 miles (27 km) 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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,500
Services: 102
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 86
Housing: 105
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 102
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.

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

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Tennessee

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

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