Waltham, MA Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2020-03-08
Waltham'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 Waltham is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Waltham, MA?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Waltham has an overall cost of living index of 147 which is 1.5x higher than the national index of 100.

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

The standard of living in Waltham ranks as #5776 most affordable out of the 6522 places we measured in Massachusetts. By definition, that implies Waltham ranks as the #630 most expensive place in the Bay State.

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Waltham Cost Of Living Vs. Massachusetts

Living Expense Waltham Massachusetts National Average
Overall 147 131 100
Services 130 122 100
Groceries 108 109 100
Health 118 121 100
Housing 210 165 100
Transportation 111 107 100
Utilities 115 114 100
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Waltham, 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 Waltham Massachusetts United States
Median Home Value $497,100 $366,800 $204,900
Median Rent $1,584 $1,225 $1,023
Median Income $85,677 $77,378 $60,293
Home Value To Income 5.8x 4.7x 3.4x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.22x 0.19x 0.2x

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Cost Of Living In Cities Around Waltham

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Waltham
Cambridge, MA 115,665 172 1.2x
Newton, MA 88,660 190 1.3x
Brookline, MA 59,234 189 1.3x
Arlington, MA 45,147 160 1.1x
Lexington, MA 33,480 189 1.3x
Needham, MA 30,735 181 1.2x
Wellesley, MA 29,201 214 1.5x
Belmont, MA 26,043 181 1.2x
Reading, MA 25,100 150 1.0x
Winchester, MA 22,677 190 1.3x

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