Melrose 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.
IndexMelroseMassachusettsNational
Cost of living index151132100
IndexMelroseMassachusettsNational
Goods & Services index131117100
Groceries index106108100
Health care index133121100
Housing index205167100
Transportation index113109100
Utilities index158129100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Melrose, MA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Melrose, MA being 151, that puts it 15% higher than the average of Massachusetts and 51% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Melrose, MA, the price of goods and services are 12% higher than the average of Massachusetts as well as 31% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Melrose is 15% higher than the Massachusetts average.
  • The cost of living in Melrose is 51% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Melrose is 105% 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$111,733$9,311$2,607$3,352
Renters$48,256$4,021$1,126$1,448
The affordability of the housing market in Melrose, MA as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Melrose, MA homeowners, the median income is $111,733. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $2,607 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $48,256. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $1,126 used for their rent related monthly 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%
For those who live in Melrose, MA and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Massachusetts income tax rate and the Massachusetts sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Massachusetts, the sales tax is 6.25%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 6.25%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Massachusetts, the income tax rate ranges between 5.15% to 5.15%.

Goods & Services

ItemMelroseNational avg.Difference
Haircut $20.93$15.5634.5%
Beauty Salon $50.40$36.1139.6%
Toothpaste $2.46$2.470.6%
Shampoo $0.96$0.960.5%
Movie $13.24$10.1330.7%
Bowling $9.15$4.7493.3%

Groceries

ItemMelroseNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.07$3.982.1%
Fried Chicken $1.72$1.4122.2%
Milk $1.94$2.066.2%
Potatoes $3.26$2.989.4%
Pizza $11.10$9.4717.1%
Beer $9.62$8.799.4%

Health Care

ItemMelroseNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $107.42$101.046.3%
Doctor $188.00$107.4475.0%
Dentist $121.47$90.4234.3%
Ibuprofen $9.19$9.281.0%
Lipitor $439.90$426.503.1%

Housing

ItemMelroseNational avg.Difference
Home Price $423,500.00$175,700.00141.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,986.40$1,133.2375.3%
Apartment Rent $1,118.00$920.0021.5%

Transportation

ItemMelroseNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.03$1.992.1%
Tire Balancing $62.45$45.7636.5%

Utilities

ItemMelroseNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$287.63$163.8175.6%
Phone $38.66$28.3936.2%
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.
Lowell, MA108,49112727%
Lynn, MA91,28912929%
Chelsea, MA37,08413232%
Salem, MA42,32113636%
Revere, MA53,25813737%
Melrose, MA27,50915151%

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Central, LA27,50598-2%
Alton, IL27,51785-15%
Fridley, MN27,4941022%
Reisterstown, MD27,49311313%
Winona, MN27,52693-7%
Melrose, MA27,50915151%
Source: The Melrose, MA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.