The 10 Cheapest Boston, MA Neighborhoods To Live In For 2022

We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Boston are the cheapest of the cheap.

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Everything else equal, I think 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.

So 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 find out which neighborhoods in Boston are the cheapest.

The Cheapest Neighborhoods In Boston For 2022

  1. Roslindale (Homes)
  2. West Roxbury (Homes)
  3. Hyde Park (Homes)
  4. South Boston (Homes)
  5. East Boston (Homes)

What's the cheapest neighborhood to live in Boston for 2022? According to the most recent census data, Roslindale looks to be the cheaptest 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 in return 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.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from cheapest to most expensive.

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The 5 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Boston For 2022

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Population: 36,129
Cost Of Living Index: 129 (5th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 3.6 (cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.013 (2nd cheapest)
More on Roslindale: Homes For Sale | Data

West Roxbury Boston, MA

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Population: 32,855
Cost Of Living Index: 137 (10th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.4 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.01 (cheapest)
More on West Roxbury: Homes For Sale | Data

Hyde Park Boston, MA

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Population: 35,116
Cost Of Living Index: 132 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 5.0 (8th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.013 (3rd cheapest)
More on Hyde Park: Homes For Sale | Data

South Boston Boston, MA

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Population: 38,206
Cost Of Living Index: 141 (12th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.2 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.017 (5th cheapest)
More on South Boston: Homes For Sale | Data

East Boston Boston, MA

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Population: 43,436
Cost Of Living Index: 128 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 4.9 (6th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.019 (10th cheapest)
More on East Boston: Homes For Sale | Data

Methodology: How We Determined The Cheapest Boston Hoods In 2022

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Boston, we had to determine what criteria defines "cheap".

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, Roslindale.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the cheapest places Boston. Or 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.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Boston aren't all cheap. Back Bay-Beacon Hill takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Boston.

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 2022

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Roslindale 129
2 West Roxbury 137
3 Hyde Park 132
4 South Boston 141
5 East Boston 128
6 Charlestown 147
7 Jamaica Plain 139
8 Mattapan 120
9 Fenway-Kenmore 127
10 South Dorchester 135
11 Roxbury 125
12 Allston-Brighton 135
13 North Dorchester 136
14 Central 167
15 South End 163
16 Back Bay-Beacon Hill 191

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our third time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Boston.

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

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