The 5 Cheapest Boston, MA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2024

The cheapest Boston neighborhoods are Hyde Park and West Roxbury for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

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Everything else equal, we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I’d much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I’d rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Boston might be more expensive than living in rural Massachusetts, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

What exactly are those Boston neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further — you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and determine which neighborhoods in Boston are the cheapest using Saturday Night Science.

The Cheapest Neighborhoods In Boston For 2024

  1. Hyde Park
  2. West Roxbury
  3. Roslindale
  4. Fenway-Kenmore
  5. Charlestown

What’s the cheapest neighborhood to live in Boston for 2024? According to the most recent census data, Hyde Park looks to be the cheapest Boston neighborhood to live in.

At this point, we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for — some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Boston. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates for more space and cheaper groceries.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Boston that deserve a little bragging rights, or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Boston.

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The 5 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Boston For 2024

Hyde Park Boston, MA

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Population: 38,370
Cost Of Living Index: 130 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.1 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.017 (3rd cheapest)
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West Roxbury Boston, MA

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Population: 33,915
Cost Of Living Index: 140 (11th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.6 (cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.015 (cheapest)
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Population: 31,348
Cost Of Living Index: 128 (5th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.5 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.02 (9th cheapest)
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Population: 38,280
Cost Of Living Index: 127 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.9 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.03 (16th cheapest)
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Charlestown Boston, MA

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Population: 19,678
Cost Of Living Index: 147 (13th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 6.0 (7th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.016 (2nd cheapest)
More on Charlestown: Data | Real Estate

Methodology: How We Determined The Cheapest Boston Hoods In 2024

To rank the cheapest places to live in Boston, we had to determine what criteria define “cheap” and then apply Saturday Night Science.

Using Census and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 16 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index, the “Cheapest City Neighborhood In Boston.” We’re lookin’ at you, Hyde Park.

We updated this article for 2024. This is our fourth time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Boston. Skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city, from cheapest to most expensive.

Summary: Lowest Cost Places To Live In Boston

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Boston where prices are low, and it’s cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

The most affordable neighborhoods in Boston are Hyde Park, West Roxbury, Roslindale, Fenway-Kenmore, Charlestown, South Boston, Allston-Brighton, North Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, and Mattapan.

As mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Boston aren’t all cheap. South End takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Boston.

The most expensive neighborhoods in Boston are South End, Back Bay-Beacon Hill, Roxbury, South Dorchester, and Central.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Boston For 2024

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Hyde Park 130
2 West Roxbury 140
3 Roslindale 128
4 Fenway-Kenmore 127
5 Charlestown 147
6 South Boston 141
7 Allston-Brighton 134
8 North Dorchester 136
9 Jamaica Plain 139
10 Mattapan 122
11 East Boston 127
12 Central 169
13 South Dorchester 137
14 Roxbury 124
15 Back Bay-Beacon Hill 190
16 South End 161
About Chris Kolmar

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