Marlborough 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.
IndexMarlboroughMassachusettsNational
Cost of living index135130100
IndexMarlboroughMassachusettsNational
Goods & Services index127111100
Groceries index108113100
Health care index124111100
Housing index157167100
Transportation index116117100
Utilities index156126100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Marlborough, MA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Marlborough, MA is 135, which is 4% higher than the Massachusetts average and 35% 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 Marlborough, MA are 15% higher than the Massachusetts average and 27% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Marlborough is 4% higher than the Massachusetts average.
  • The cost of living in Marlborough is 35% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Marlborough is 57% 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$90,905$7,575$2,121$2,727
Renters$50,539$4,212$1,179$1,516
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Marlborough, 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 Marlborough, MA homeowners, is $90,905. This would allow for a maximum of $2,121 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $50,539 which would result in a maximum of $1,179 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 considering the overall cost of living expenses in Marlborough, 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

ItemMarlboroughNational 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

ItemMarlboroughNational 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

ItemMarlboroughNational 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

ItemMarlboroughNational avg.Difference
Home Price $299,400.00$175,700.0070.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,761.00$1,081.0362.9%
Apartment Rent $1,142.00$920.0024.1%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemMarlboroughNational 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.
Shirley, MA1,32111919%
Devens, MA1,74512222%
Worcester, MA182,51111818%
Leominster, MA40,95411717%
Clinton, MA7,48812626%
Marlborough, MA39,14113535%

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Clovis, NM39,20486-14%
Marlborough, MA39,14113535%
Source: The Marlborough, MA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.