Hingham 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.
IndexHinghamMassachusettsNational
Cost of living index187130100
IndexHinghamMassachusettsNational
Goods & Services index127111100
Groceries index108113100
Health care index124111100
Housing index331167100
Transportation index116117100
Utilities index156126100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Hingham, MA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Hingham, MA is 187, which is 44% higher than the Massachusetts average and 87% higher than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Hingham, MA are 15% higher than the Massachusetts average and 27% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Hingham is 44% higher than the Massachusetts average.
  • The cost of living in Hingham is 87% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Hingham is 231% 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$133,833$11,153$3,123$4,015
Renters$29,028$2,419$677$871
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Hingham, MA, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Hingham, MA, the median monthly income is $133,833 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $3,123 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $29,028, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $677 on monthly rental expenses.

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 Hingham, 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

ItemHinghamNational 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

ItemHinghamNational 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

ItemHinghamNational 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

ItemHinghamNational avg.Difference
Home Price $750,000.00$175,700.00326.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,761.00$1,081.0362.9%
Apartment Rent $986.00$920.007.2%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemHinghamNational 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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Southfield, MA01033%
Brockton, MA94,26712525%
Chelsea, MA37,08413131%
Randolph, MA33,13513232%
Holbrook, MA10,92513333%
Hingham, MA5,19918787%

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Hingham, MA5,19918787%
Source: The Hingham, MA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.