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Cost of Living

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Our cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Boston, Massachusetts is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Boston, Massachusetts is more expensive.

Overall, Boston, Massachusetts cost of living is 160.70.

  COST OF LIVINGBoston, MassachusettsUnited States
  Overall  161100
  Grocery  116.5100
  Health  127100
  Housing  240100
  Utilities  129100
  Transportation  108100
  Miscellaneous  136100
good times city living
I moved to the South End sector of the city 10 years ago after living i the suburb of Norwell for 15 years. I am close to everything so very walkable for everything I... (read more)
A great place to live
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Mass Transit
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SOOOO proud to be from Massachusetts. We have it all here. Great colleges, ethnic and cultural diversity, an hour either way from the pure heaven of the Cape, North... (read more)
re: Boston politics - 8/29/2010
Yes, not a place for Tea Partiers who rant about how they hate liberals. Texas... (read more)
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hello? you live in Dorchester…the least affluent, most diverse, albeit crime prone section of town. Everything you have said is either your skewed opinion or mockery.... (read more)
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