Brookline, MA Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2020-03-08
Brookline's Overall Cost Of Living
Higher Than The National Average
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Brookline is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Brookline, MA?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Brookline has an overall cost of living index of 189 which is 1.9x higher than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Massachusetts, Brookline has a cost of living index that's 1.4x higher than Massachusetts's index of 131.

The standard of living in Brookline ranks as #6267 most affordable out of the 6522 places we measured in Massachusetts. By definition, that implies Brookline ranks as the #140 most expensive place in the Bay State.

Brookline Cost Of Living Vs. Massachusetts

Living Expense Brookline Massachusetts National Average
Overall 189 131 100
Services 130 122 100
Groceries 108 109 100
Health 118 121 100
Housing 351 165 100
Transportation 111 107 100
Utilities 115 114 100
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Brookline, 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.

Median Home Value
Median Rent
Median Income
Statistic Brookline Massachusetts United States
Median Home Value $885,700 $366,800 $204,900
Median Rent $2,194 $1,225 $1,023
Median Income $113,515 $77,378 $60,293
Home Value To Income 7.8x 4.7x 3.4x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.23x 0.19x 0.2x

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Cost Of Living In Cities Around Brookline

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Brookline
Boston, MA 679,413 145 0.8x
Cambridge, MA 115,665 172 0.9x
Newton, MA 88,660 190 1.0x
Somerville, MA 80,434 158 0.8x
Arlington, MA 45,147 160 0.8x
Lexington, MA 33,480 189 1.0x
Needham, MA 30,735 181 1.0x
Wellesley, MA 29,201 214 1.1x
Milton, MA 27,568 155 0.8x
Belmont, MA 26,043 181 1.0x

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