Cost of Living

The Knoxville region's cost of living is 18% below the national average, with housing at 28% below the national average a major factor.

 

Knoxville MSA

City State Composite Grocery Items Housing Utilities Transpor-tation Health Care Misc. Goods & Services
Knoxville TN 82.2 86.3 71.8 90 83.8 87.6 85.7
                 
Atlanta GA 99 105.6 94.4 85.8 101 107.9 102.1
Charlotte NC 93.2 96.6 86.7 100 96.3 105.4 101.4
Chattanooga TN 97 93.3 101.5 94.4 91.3 104.6 96.1
Chicago IL 123.6 108.6 155.6 90.7 126.6 101.6 115.1
Cincinnati OH 92.5 91.7 76.2 95.9 100.7 98.8 102.1
Cleveland OH 101.2 111.5 88.3 105.3 102.5 101.6 106.2
Columbia SC 98.5 106.8 76.6 128 92.4 95 106.5
Columbus OH 89.7 99.2 76.9 78.2 96.9 92.4 97.5
Dallas TX 102.1 95.1 104.9 104.8 99.3 101.5 102.5
Detroit MI 96.9 91 94.1 102.6 107.9 94.5 97.4
Huntsville AL 95.3 96.5 74.4 110.2 95.4 96.9 107.3
Lexington KY 96 91.7 92.5 89.7 94.5 98.9 102.4
Little Rock AR 96.7 94.3 89.1 117.2 91.6 93.6 99.7
Los Angeles CA 148 113.9 240.8 107.1 125.6 109.2 108.9
Louisville KY 92.3 89.7 79.7 94.7 103.3 93.6 99.9
Memphis TN 83.3 91.3 65.8 103.7 89.1 85.1 86.8
Montgomery AL 92.2 96.1 83 107.9 93.1 82.3 94.8
Nashville TN 96.7 97.3 91.1 90.4 100.3 81.9 103.9
Newark NJ 123.1 107.1 152.8 116 112.7 102.2 112.7
Oklahoma City OK 84.9 89.6 72.6 87.5 85.7 92.2 91.1
Philadelphia PA 117.2 116.6 129.5 125.1 114.9 106.1 107.4
Pittsburgh PA 99.6 110.8 91.5 110.6 106.7 94.1 97.6
Richmond VA 96.1 88.47 88.7 106 91.9 108.3 101.3
St. Louis MO 90.6 105.2 91.7 114.5 95.8 95.9 91.3

Source:  Cost of Living Index, Council for Community and Economic Research, 2017 Annual Average Data