Cost of Living in Nashville

Summary about cost of living in Nashville:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $ 10.00-35.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 75.00 $ 55.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 $ 6.00-9.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.00 $ 4.00-6.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.25 $ 4.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.60 $ 3.00-6.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.88 $ 1.50-2.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.71 $ 1.19-3.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.99 $ 2.12-4.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.57 $ 1.50-4.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.13 $ 0.88-3.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.61 $ 0.95-2.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.39 $ 3.00-10.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.58 $ 2.00-6.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.62 $ 2.99-8.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.14 $ 0.70-4.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.79 $ 0.55-1.00
Oranges (1 lb) 1.54 $ 0.99-3.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.75 $ 1.00-4.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.37 $ 0.59-2.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.34 $ 0.86-1.99
Lettuce (1 head) 1.28 $ 0.99-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.00 $ 1.00-2.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 16.00 $ 3.50-30.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.38 $ 1.20-3.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.50 $ 1.99-5.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 6.09 $ 5.50-7.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.70 $ 1.70-5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 55.00 $ 35.00-65.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 3.00-4.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.00 $ 2.00-5.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 18.00 $ 18.00-18.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.47 $ 2.19-2.75
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 $ 21,845.00-32,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,500.00 $ 19,000.00-22,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 165.99 $ 100.00-300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.18 $ 0.05-0.25
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 69.50 $ 50.00-110.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 41.04 $ 10.00-100.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.00 $ 5.00-20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 13.00 $ 11.00-15.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,049.38 $ 750.00-1,300.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 22,750.00 $ 12,000.00-36,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 54.50 $ 35.00-99.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 43.53 $ 24.00-70.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 82.41 $ 55.00-125.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 97.57 $ 60.00-200.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,648.17 $ 1,300.00-2,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,139.98 $ 900.00-1,400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,817.00 $ 2,400.00-4,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,732.87 $ 1,400.00-2,400.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 280.14 $ 230.00-400.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 164.98 $ 126.35-250.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,826.46 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.29 4.00-5.00

Prices in Nashville, Tennessee

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Last update: April 2020
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10 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Oct 16, 2019 :
I am very unclear where these prices came from. They can not be current. Rent in mid town is 1800, for a small 1 bedroom, a studio is 1500, and often those prices are much higher when you get closer to downtown where the rent is 3000 and up and yes you are in a building or complex that has been built next to the housing projects. Food prices in the groceries are no where near those listed here. You can easily double or triple those prices. Infrastructure was not designed or planned to handle the growth- actually it was poorly laid out before the growth. Now the traffic is horrendous, and I’ve lived in bigger cities. I pay 2000 a month for rent just so I don’t have to drive to work
#Leandra on Feb 13, 2019 :
I’d like to add that there is not a public transportation sustem to speak of. Yes there is technically a bus but unless you live very close to the city, it will take you 3 hours to get anywhere and the range is extremely limited. Traffic is wall to wall and it is car culture and they like it that way. Last year a public transportation system was voted No on, simply because locals don’t like change at all. You will need a car and it will be a long haul if you commute from Murfreesboro or Madison which is where people have to move to afford rent.

As for the below comment about bad attitudes, all the transplants I have met are really awesome. The locals can get ugly fast. They hate people moving to the city (they forget this massive growth is happening to ALL mid size cities and not just Nashville) and are largely conservative. It is a very Christian based southern world too, expect everything to be closed on Sundays. While it is booming for musicians, they are also a dime a dozen and I would agree with the comparison of LA prices in a not as cool as LA city.
#Leandra on Feb 13, 2019 :
The wages to earning is way off. Housing is getting very expensive. Super crappy houses are doubling in price and neighborhoods are gentrifying very quickly. The south pays low- unless you work in insurance, a heath field, or in business , or construction, you will probably not find a job that will pay the amount needed for rent and food. I was recently trying to buy a house and the ugliest little box houses with 750 sq ft are going for $270,000. Easily you will pay double what someone paid five years ago. While I love the expansion of art, food, general bettwr city planning- the traffic is intense and the cost of living is not cheap at all for what you get in the city.
#Anonymous on Jan 12, 2019 :
With so many people moving to the area it is becoming more difficult to find good jobs at a living wage. Be mindful that if you are not highly skilled in a field with a B.S. degree you will find it hard to earn a living wage.
#Erica on Feb 06, 2018 :
It's getting more expensive here by the month. Just researched suburbs of L.A.and the cost of living was closely comparable (, eating out, clothing & higher education), which are the main things. Rate of pay has been mostly steady over the last decade, so few salary increases to compliment the rising cost of living. Building $1500/mth condos in the middle of the ghetto, which are ironically close to a lot of tourist sites. New ppl moving in from other places have bad attitudes, so its not friendly like it was 15-20 yrs ago. Also, the weather used to be better here, but winters are colder than ever and more rain too since 2009.
#Anonymous on Jun 20, 2017 :
Looking to maybe relocate to TN. Looking for employment and decent affordable living for one person. One bedroom apartment or house to rent ( possibly to buy in the future). Interested in Nashville or surrounding area - elsewhere if job offer and housing is agreeable to my needs. And looking to further my education. Need info on where "free" tuition colleges are located - social media has contradicting info. Please email me at Also interested in having some of my own writing published.
#Patrick on Mar 27, 2017 :
Dozen eggs often on sale for .79 to .99. Paid .79 last Monday for “in store brand”. Organic cage free run 2.50 to 3.20. Local farm eggs organic free range 4.00 to 5.00 at farmers market.
#Brian on Jan 05, 2017 :
Don't move to Nashville, its overcrowded and housing is getting way to expensive!
#Marie Gibbons on Aug 09, 2016 :
I am thinking of moving to Tennessee from Connecticut. Jobs are leaving and so are the people. It is just getting to expensive to live here.
#arm on Apr 04, 2016 :
@vivian, google it. there has got to be something that would give that info