Brockton 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.
IndexBrocktonMassachusettsNational
Cost of living index125130100
IndexBrocktonMassachusettsNational
Goods & Services index127111100
Groceries index108113100
Health care index124111100
Housing index122167100
Transportation index116117100
Utilities index156126100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Brockton, MA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Massachusetts and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Brockton, MA is 125, which is 4% lower than the Massachusetts average and 25% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Brockton, MA are 15% higher than the average for Massachusetts and 27% higher than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Brockton is 4% lower than the Massachusetts average.
  • The cost of living in Brockton is 25% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Brockton is 22% 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)
Owners$72,841$6,070$1,700$2,185
Renters$26,856$2,238$627$806
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Brockton, MA as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Brockton, MA homeowners, is $72,841. This would allow for a maximum of $1,700 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $26,856 which would result in a maximum of $627 to be spent on rental costs.

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%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Brockton, MA you will want to make sure you consider both the Massachusetts sales tax and the Massachusetts income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Massachusetts is 6.25%, with the highest surtax being 6.25%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Massachusetts have a range from 5.15% to 5.15%.

Goods & Services

ItemBrocktonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.67$14.5934.8%
Beauty Salon $54.00$34.6855.7%
Toothpaste $2.54$2.472.7%
Shampoo $1.00$1.022.2%
Movie $11.69$9.8718.5%
Bowling $5.75$4.3930.9%

Groceries

ItemBrocktonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.49$4.480.3%
Fried Chicken $1.67$1.4614.1%
Milk $2.29$2.362.8%
Potatoes $3.29$3.067.5%
Pizza $10.00$9.248.2%
Beer $8.99$8.634.1%

Health Care

ItemBrocktonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $113.50$99.7813.8%
Doctor $151.00$105.0343.8%
Dentist $115.00$88.7029.6%
Ibuprofen $9.74$9.413.5%
Lipitor $310.83$298.504.1%

Housing

ItemBrocktonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $221,200.00$175,700.0025.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,761.00$1,081.0362.9%
Apartment Rent $1,039.00$920.0012.9%

Transportation

ItemBrocktonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.35$2.0912.3%
Tire Balancing $57.29$45.2926.5%

Utilities

ItemBrocktonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$292.18$170.8071.1%
Phone $38.25$28.2635.4%
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, MA01033%
Taunton, MA56,05612121%
Middleborough Center, MA7,43212424%
Bridgewater, MA8,37412626%
Attleboro, MA43,77412626%
Brockton, MA94,26712525%

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Brockton, MA94,26712525%
Source: The Brockton, MA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.