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These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Tennessee To Raise A Family

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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There are some parts of the country where your dollar goes further. For example, a steak dinner in Nashville costs less than a steak dinner in San Francisco.

And the cost of living can have a big impact on how far your hard earned salary stretches for you and your family. So if you have a choice in where you can live for your job, the cost of living can play a big part.

That’s where Zippia comes in; to show you the places in Tennessee that would eat up a big part of your paycheck on expenses — the San Franciscos of the world if you will. Where housing is expensive and day care will put you back a pretty penny.

These are the cities in Tennessee where the cost of living is actually higher than the national average because, for the most part, Tennessee isn’t all that expensive.

After we crunched all the numbers, we were left with this set of the most expensive places to raise a family in the Volunteer State:

  1. Brentwood
  2. Nolensville
  3. Signal Mountain
  4. Franklin
  5. Mount Juliet
  6. Hendersonville
  7. Green Hill
  8. Goodlettsville
  9. Spring Hill
  10. Murfreesboro

Read on to see how we determined the places that try to keep up with the Joneses a little too much.

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How we determined the least affordable places to live in the Volunteer State

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. And lucky for us, AreaVibes has such an index for us.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank the largest 102 places in Tennessee.

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. A score of 120 means it’s 20% more expensive.

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

1. Brentwood

Most Expensive Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,288
Housing: 255

2. Nolensville

Most Expensive Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,812
Housing: 169

3. Signal Mountain

Most Expensive Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,573
Housing: 153

4. Franklin

Most Expensive Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 63,117
Housing: 155

5. Mount Juliet

Most Expensive Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,557
Housing: 109

6. Hendersonville

Most Expensive Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,500
Housing: 105

7. Green Hill

Most Expensive Tennessee

Source: Flickr deldevries

Population: 6,467
Housing: 103

8. Goodlettsville

Most Expensive Tennessee

Source: Flickr Stephen Yeargin

Population: 15,960
Housing: 102

9. Spring Hill

Most Expensive Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,764
Housing: 112

10. Murfreesboro

Most Expensive Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 109,172
Housing: 96