Nantucket 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.
IndexNantucketMassachusettsNational
Cost of living index203130100
IndexNantucketMassachusettsNational
Goods & Services index123111100
Groceries index111113100
Health care index117111100
Housing index399167100
Transportation index111117100
Utilities index126126100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Nantucket, MA is displayed above. In Nantucket, MA, the overall cost of living index is 203, which is 56% higher than the Massachusetts average and 103% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Nantucket, MA, the city's goods and services are 11% higher than the Massachusetts average and 23% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Nantucket is 56% higher than the Massachusetts average.
  • The cost of living in Nantucket is 103% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Nantucket is 299% 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$111,136$9,261$2,593$3,334
Renters$56,204$4,684$1,311$1,686
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Nantucket, 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 Nantucket, MA homeowners, is $111,136. This would allow for a maximum of $2,593 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $56,204 which would result in a maximum of $1,311 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%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Nantucket, 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

ItemNantucketNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.00$14.592.8%
Beauty Salon $40.00$34.6815.3%
Toothpaste $2.50$2.471.1%
Shampoo $1.25$1.0222.3%
Movie $11.75$9.8719.1%
Bowling $4.75$4.398.2%

Groceries

ItemNantucketNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.49$4.480.3%
Fried Chicken $1.59$1.468.6%
Milk $3.39$2.3643.8%
Potatoes $3.99$3.0630.3%
Pizza $8.50$9.248.0%
Beer $8.32$8.633.6%

Health Care

ItemNantucketNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $125.00$99.7825.3%
Doctor $149.00$105.0341.9%
Dentist $98.00$88.7010.5%
Ibuprofen $10.25$9.418.9%
Lipitor $293.99$298.501.5%

Housing

ItemNantucketNational avg.Difference
Home Price $866,700.00$175,700.00393.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,392.30$1,081.0328.8%
Apartment Rent $1,654.00$920.0079.8%

Transportation

ItemNantucketNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.33$2.0911.4%
Tire Balancing $49.00$45.298.2%

Utilities

ItemNantucketNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$213.54$170.8025.0%
Phone $36.19$28.2628.1%
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.
Madaket, MA273230130%
Siasconset, MA200234134%
Nantucket, MA7,787203103%

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Hillview, KY7,78591-9%
Kenton, OH7,78386-14%
Nantucket, MA7,787203103%
Source: The Nantucket, MA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.