Marshfield 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.
IndexMarshfieldMassachusettsNational
Cost of living index143130100
IndexMarshfieldMassachusettsNational
Goods & Services index127111100
Groceries index108113100
Health care index124111100
Housing index182167100
Transportation index116117100
Utilities index156126100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Marshfield, MA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Marshfield, MA enjoy a cost of living index of 143. This index is 10% higher than the Massachusetts average, and 43% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Marshfield, MA, the average cost of goods and services is 15% higher than it is in Massachusetts, and it is 27% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Marshfield is 10% higher than the Massachusetts average.
  • The cost of living in Marshfield is 43% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Marshfield is 82% 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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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Marshfield, MA to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Marshfield, MA, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Marshfield, MA salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$97,500$8,125$2,275$2,925
Renters$27,778$2,315$648$833
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Marshfield, MA, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Marshfield, MA has a median income of about $97,500 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $2,275 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $27,778. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $648 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

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%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Marshfield, MA is the Massachusetts sales tax and Massachusetts income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Massachusetts sales tax rate is 6.25% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 6.25%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Massachusetts income tax rates range from 5.15% to 5.15%.

Goods & Services

ItemMarshfieldNational 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

ItemMarshfieldNational 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

ItemMarshfieldNational 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

ItemMarshfieldNational avg.Difference
Home Price $381,100.00$175,700.00116.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,761.00$1,081.0362.9%
Apartment Rent $922.00$920.000.2%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemMarshfieldNational 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%
Middleborough Center, MA7,43212424%
Bridgewater, MA8,37412626%
Abington, MA16,08113535%
Plymouth, MA7,56713636%
Marshfield, MA4,22714343%

Cities with similar population

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Franklin Center, NJ4,22714040%
Creedmoor, NC4,22895-5%
Whiteland, IN4,22690-10%
Kensington Park, FL4,22895-5%
Tea, SD4,22697-3%
Marshfield, MA4,22714343%
Source: The Marshfield, MA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.