According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Knoxville has an overall cost of living index of 81 which is 0.8x lower than the national index of 100.
Compared to only Tennessee, Knoxville has a cost of living index that's 0.9x lower than Tennessee's index of 89.
The standard of living in Knoxville ranks as #290 most affordable out of the 6,418 places we measured in Tennessee. By definition, that implies Knoxville ranks as the #6,129 most expensive place in the Volunteer State.
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Housing swings affordability the most between places in Tennessee, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.
Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.