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.
IndexBostonVirginiaNational
Cost of living index89108100
IndexBostonVirginiaNational
Goods & Services index104100100
Groceries index9894100
Health care index10599100
Housing index60133100
Transportation index9893100
Utilities index98100100

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  • The cost of living in Boston is 18% lower than the Virginia average.
  • The cost of living in Boston is 11% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Boston is 40% lower than the national average.
  • Virginia general sales tax is 4% higher than the national average.
  • Virginia state income tax is 10% lower 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)
Owners$27,847$2,321$650$835
Renters$72,925$6,077$1,701$2,188

Virginia Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Virginia5.3%6%

Virginia Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Virginia2%5.75%

Goods & Services

ItemBostonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.40$14.598.2%
Beauty Salon $39.25$34.6813.2%
Toothpaste $3.19$2.4729.0%
Shampoo $1.03$1.020.8%
Movie $11.50$9.8716.5%
Bowling $6.39$4.3945.5%

Groceries

ItemBostonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.69$4.484.8%
Fried Chicken $1.33$1.469.2%
Milk $2.05$2.3613.0%
Potatoes $3.61$3.0617.9%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $9.81$8.6313.6%

Health Care

ItemBostonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $116.67$99.7816.9%
Doctor $96.00$105.038.6%
Dentist $98.25$88.7010.8%
Ibuprofen $8.85$9.416.0%
Lipitor $337.19$298.5013.0%

Housing

ItemBostonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $105,600.00$175,700.0039.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,150.73$1,081.036.4%
Apartment Rent $0.00$920.00100.0%

Transportation

ItemBostonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.08$2.090.4%
Tire Balancing $41.92$45.297.4%

Utilities

ItemBostonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$183.66$170.807.5%
Phone $23.68$28.2616.2%
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.
Mappsburg, VA3399-1%
Deep Creek, VA6499-1%
Savage Town, VA17999-1%
Harborton, VA12399-1%
Savageville, VA7699-1%
Boston, VA62589-11%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Avoca, WI62585-15%
Wickliffe, KY62585-15%
Big Run, PA62586-14%
Marathon, TX62582-18%
Greenwood, NE62588-12%
Boston, VA62589-11%
Source: The Boston, VA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.