North Scituate 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.
IndexNorth ScituateMassachusettsNational
Cost of living index157130100
IndexNorth ScituateMassachusettsNational
Goods & Services index127111100
Groceries index108113100
Health care index124111100
Housing index229167100
Transportation index116117100
Utilities index156126100
Displayed above is a general overview of the North Scituate, MA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in North Scituate, MA is 157, which is 21% higher than the Massachusetts average and 57% 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 North Scituate, MA are 15% higher than the Massachusetts average and 27% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in North Scituate is 21% higher than the Massachusetts average.
  • The cost of living in North Scituate is 57% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in North Scituate is 129% 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$126,250$10,521$2,946$3,788
Renters$18,993$1,583$443$570
The affordability of the housing market in North Scituate, 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 North Scituate, MA homeowners, the median income is $126,250. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $2,946 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $18,993. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $443 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 North Scituate, 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

ItemNorth ScituateNational 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

ItemNorth ScituateNational 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

ItemNorth ScituateNational 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

ItemNorth ScituateNational avg.Difference
Home Price $497,200.00$175,700.00183.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,761.00$1,081.0362.9%
Apartment Rent $962.00$920.004.6%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemNorth ScituateNational 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%
North Scituate, MA4,96215757%

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Toronto, OH4,96187-13%
Whiskey Creek, FL4,9641055%
Jackson, GA4,95992-8%
Stone Park, IL4,9591011%
Long View, NC4,96687-13%
North Scituate, MA4,96215757%
Source: The North Scituate, MA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.