Cochituate 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.
IndexCochituateMassachusettsNational
Cost of living index160132100
IndexCochituateMassachusettsNational
Goods & Services index124117100
Groceries index114108100
Health care index124121100
Housing index253167100
Transportation index115109100
Utilities index118129100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Cochituate, MA is displayed above. In Cochituate, MA, the overall cost of living index is 160, which is 22% higher than the Massachusetts average and 60% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Cochituate, MA, the city's goods and services are 6% higher than the Massachusetts average and 24% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Cochituate is 22% higher than the Massachusetts average.
  • The cost of living in Cochituate is 60% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Cochituate is 153% 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$139,074$11,590$3,245$4,173
Renters$19,760$1,647$461$593
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Cochituate, MA, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Cochituate, MA homeowners have a median income of $139,074. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $3,245 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $19,760, which means there is a maximum of $461 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

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%
The Massachusetts sales tax and Massachusetts income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Cochituate, MA. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Massachusetts sales tax is 6.25% and the maximum surtax is 6.25%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Massachusetts income tax rates range from 5.15% to 5.15%.

Goods & Services

ItemCochituateNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.89$15.568.5%
Beauty Salon $52.43$36.1145.2%
Toothpaste $2.87$2.4715.9%
Shampoo $1.13$0.9617.1%
Movie $11.93$10.1317.8%
Bowling $5.29$4.7411.7%

Groceries

ItemCochituateNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.24$3.986.5%
Fried Chicken $1.73$1.4123.2%
Milk $2.56$2.0623.9%
Potatoes $3.50$2.9817.3%
Pizza $11.43$9.4720.7%
Beer $9.30$8.795.7%

Health Care

ItemCochituateNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $135.03$101.0433.6%
Doctor $157.89$107.4447.0%
Dentist $114.38$90.4226.5%
Ibuprofen $9.50$9.282.4%
Lipitor $422.50$426.500.9%

Housing

ItemCochituateNational avg.Difference
Home Price $544,700.00$175,700.00210.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,222.50$1,133.2396.1%
Apartment Rent $1,092.00$920.0018.7%

Transportation

ItemCochituateNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.21$1.9910.7%
Tire Balancing $56.87$45.7624.3%

Utilities

ItemCochituateNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$203.68$163.8124.3%
Phone $31.35$28.3910.4%
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.

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Devens, MA1,7451099%
Milford, MA25,42212828%
Hudson, MA15,21212828%
Hopedale, MA3,85812929%
Marlborough, MA39,14113131%
Cochituate, MA6,63716060%

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Wellington, CO6,6341044%
Cochituate, MA6,63716060%
Source: The Cochituate, MA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.