Boston, MA Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2021-02-06
145
Boston's Overall Cost Of Living
1.4x
Higher Than The National Average
88 out of 118
In Massachusetts
5,720 out of 6,399
In America
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Boston is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Boston, MA?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Boston has an overall cost of living index of 145 which is 1.4x higher than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Massachusetts, Boston has a cost of living index that's 1.1x higher than Massachusetts's index of 131.

The standard of living in Boston ranks as #5,724 most affordable out of the 6,522 places we measured in Massachusetts. By definition, that implies Boston ranks as the #682 most expensive place in the Bay State.

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Boston Cost Of Living Vs. Massachusetts

Living Expense Boston Massachusetts National Average
Overall 145 131 100
Services 130 122 100
Groceries 108 109 100
Health 118 121 100
Housing 204 165 100
Transportation 111 107 100
Utilities 115 114 100
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Boston Cost of Living Vs. MA

Boston, MA Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in Massachusetts, 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.

$532,700
Median Home Value
$1,620
Median Rent
$71,115
Median Income
Statistic Boston Massachusetts United States
Median Home Value $532,700 $381,600 $217,500
Median Rent $1,620 $1,282 $1,062
Median Income $71,115 $81,215 $62,843
Home Value To Income 7.5x 4.7x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.27x 0.19x 0.2x

Detailed Boston Services Costs Vs. Massachusetts

Item Boston Massachusetts
Shampoo $1.12 $1.01
Movie $14.12 $10.72
Bowling $20.2 $13.86

Detailed Boston Groceries Costs Vs. Massachusetts

Item Boston Massachusetts
Ground Beef $3.59 $3.9
Fried Chicken $1.45 $1.4
Milk $1.99 $1.96

Detailed Boston Health Costs Vs. Massachusetts

Item Boston Massachusetts
Haircut $25.2 $17.49
Beauty Salon $60.4 $38.17
Toothpaste $2.19 $2.32

Detailed Boston Transportation Costs Vs. Massachusetts

Item Boston Massachusetts
Potatoes $3.99 $3.18
Pizza $11.49 $10.39
Beer $9.39 $9.23
Optometrist $95.0 $106.34
Doctor $184.93 $115.25
Dentist $107.0 $98.38

Detailed Boston Utilities Costs Vs. Massachusetts

Item Boston Massachusetts
Gasoline $2.65 $2.59
Tire Balancing $63.78 $48.9
All Electricity $214.6 $167.6
Phone $178.27 $163.42

Boston SnackAbility

7
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
7/10
Housing
9.5
Affordability
3
Diversity
10
Safety
N/A
Amenities
10
Education
8
Commute
5

Cost Of Living In Cities Around Boston

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Boston
Cambridge, MA 116,632 172 1.2x
Quincy, MA 94,207 138 1.0x
Newton, MA 88,593 190 1.3x
Somerville, MA 80,906 158 1.1x
Malden, MA 60,984 135 0.9x
Brookline, MA 59,180 189 1.3x
Revere, MA 53,692 132 0.9x
Everett, MA 46,118 135 0.9x
Chelsea, MA 39,992 127 0.9x
Lexington, MA 33,340 189 1.3x

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