East Harwich 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.
IndexEast HarwichMassachusettsNational
Cost of living index147130100
IndexEast HarwichMassachusettsNational
Goods & Services index127111100
Groceries index108113100
Health care index124111100
Housing index195167100
Transportation index116117100
Utilities index156126100
A general summary of the cost of living index in East Harwich, MA is shown above. Compared to the state average of Massachusetts the cost of living index in East Harwich, MA is 147, which is 13% higher than the average in Massachusetts and compared to the national average it is 47% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In East Harwich, MA goods and services come in at 15% higher than the average in Massachusetts and are 27% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in East Harwich is 13% higher than the Massachusetts average.
  • The cost of living in East Harwich is 47% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in East Harwich is 95% 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$73,512$6,126$1,715$2,206
Renters$70,096$5,841$1,635$2,103
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in East Harwich, 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 East Harwich, MA homeowners have a median income of $73,512. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,715 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $70,096, which means there is a maximum of $1,635 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%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in East Harwich, MA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Massachusetts, as well as the rate for income tax in Massachusetts. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Massachusetts is 6.25%, and the sales tax in the state of Massachusetts is 6.25%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Massachusetts starts from 5.15% and goes up to 5.15%.

Goods & Services

ItemEast HarwichNational 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

ItemEast HarwichNational 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

ItemEast HarwichNational 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

ItemEast HarwichNational avg.Difference
Home Price $369,700.00$175,700.00110.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,761.00$1,081.0362.9%
Apartment Rent $1,457.00$920.0058.4%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemEast HarwichNational 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.

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Dennis Port, MA2,93613030%
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East Harwich, MA4,74914747%

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