Boston, MA Cost of Living


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Boston cost of living score
150.8
More expensive
50.8% higher
than the US average
18.3% higher
than the Massachusetts average
Boston, Massachusetts gets a BestPlaces Cost of Living score of 150.8, which means the total cost of housing, food, childcare, transportation, healthcare, taxes, and other necessities is 50.8% higher than the U.S. average and 18.3% lower than the average for Massachusetts.

Boston, MA

Housing costs in Boston?
A typical home costs $656,500, which is 94.2% more expensive than the national average of $338,100 and 17.8% more expensive than the average Massachusetts home, at $557,300. Renting a two-bedroom unit in Boston costs $2,840 per month, which is 98.6% more than the national average of $1,430 and 24.6% more than the state average of $2,140.

Can I afford Boston?
To live comfortably in Boston, Massachusetts, a minimum annual income of $125,640 for a family, and $94,800 for a single person is recommended.

What does A.I. say about Boston?
Boston, Massachusetts is best known as an expensive city but there are plenty of opportunities available for those looking for an enjoyable lifestyle at an affordable price point. From housing options ranging from single-family homes to luxury condos - there's something out there that won't break your budget. Additionally, groceries and transportation costs remain relatively low compared with other parts of the US - making Boston a great city if you're looking for value for your dollar.
   Cost of living score
     CategoriesBostonMassachusettsUnited States
  150.8127.5100.0
  111.4108.9100
  89.790.2100.0
  228.7175.0100.0
  $656,500$557,300$338,100
  116.8%112.9%100.0%
  131.8107.9100.0
  157.9147.9100.0

   100=National Average

   Average Rent by Bedroom Size
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health care in the country, plenty of jobs, gorgeous architecture, cool neighborhoods, lots of great restaurants, and always something to do. The beautiful coast, the  More

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I've lived in/near Boston my whole life almost. It has many pros such as a big city feel, extremely safe, reliable train transportation, great food. However any pro  More

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I moved to MA from the country of Georgia in eastern Europe. Then traveled quite a bit in the U.S. Boston definitely has its own flavor. Suburbs offer okay schools,  More

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