Tennessee has the second lowest child care costs in the nation with infant care priced at $5,857 per year, or 37 percent less than the U.S. average. Housing and food are also relatively cheap. Tennessee families pay just under $200 less a month than the national median for rent, and the state's median home listing price is $30,000 lower than the national median. Food costs are 5 percent cheaper than the national average.

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