South Boston cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexSouth BostonBostonMassachusetts
Cost of living index140147132
IndexSouth BostonBostonMassachusetts
Goods & Services index131131117
Groceries index106106108
Health care index133133121
Housing index168194167
Transportation index113113109
Utilities index158158129

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  • The cost of living in South Boston is 6% higher than the Boston average.
  • The cost of living in South Boston is 40% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in South Boston is 68% higher than the national average.
  • Massachusetts general sales tax is 23% higher than the national average.
  • Massachusetts state income tax is 132% higher than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Household$75,794$6,316$1,768$2,274

Massachusetts Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Massachusetts6.25%6.25%

Massachusetts Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Massachusetts5.15%5.15%

Goods & Services

ItemBostonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $20.93$15.5634.5%
Beauty Salon $50.40$36.1139.6%
Toothpaste $2.46$2.470.6%
Shampoo $0.96$0.960.5%
Movie $13.24$10.1330.7%
Bowling $9.15$4.7493.3%

Groceries

ItemBostonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.07$3.982.1%
Fried Chicken $1.72$1.4122.2%
Milk $1.94$2.066.2%
Potatoes $3.26$2.989.4%
Pizza $11.10$9.4717.1%
Beer $9.62$8.799.4%

Health Care

ItemBostonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $107.42$101.046.3%
Doctor $188.00$107.4475.0%
Dentist $121.47$90.4234.3%
Ibuprofen $9.19$9.281.0%
Lipitor $439.90$426.503.1%

Housing

ItemBostonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $379,500.00$175,700.00116.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,986.40$1,133.2375.3%
Apartment Rent $1,298.00$920.0041.1%

Transportation

ItemBostonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.03$1.992.1%
Tire Balancing $62.45$45.7636.5%

Utilities

ItemBostonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$287.63$163.8175.6%
Phone $38.66$28.3936.2%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Southfield, MA012828%
Lynn, MA91,28912929%
Chelsea, MA37,08413232%
Randolph, MA33,13513333%
Holbrook, MA10,92513434%
Boston, MA639,59414747%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Seattle, WA637,85015656%
Denver, CO633,77711111%
Washington, DC633,73614949%
Nashville, TN624,26197-3%
Memphis, TN656,71582-18%
Boston, MA639,59414747%
Source: The South Boston, Boston, MA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.