Northampton 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.
IndexNorthamptonMassachusettsNational
Cost of living index115130100
IndexNorthamptonMassachusettsNational
Goods & Services index94111100
Groceries index119113100
Health care index98111100
Housing index143167100
Transportation index118117100
Utilities index96126100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Northampton, MA is shown above. Compared to the state average of Massachusetts the cost of living index in Northampton, MA is 115, which is 12% lower than the average in Massachusetts and compared to the national average it is 15% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Northampton, MA goods and services come in at 15% lower than the average in Massachusetts and are 6% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Northampton is 12% lower than the Massachusetts average.
  • The cost of living in Northampton is 15% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Northampton is 43% 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$78,487$6,541$1,831$2,355
Renters$34,912$2,909$815$1,047
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 Northampton, 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. Northampton, MA has a median income of about $78,487 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,831 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $34,912. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $815 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%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Northampton, MA, the Massachusetts income tax and the Massachusetts sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Massachusetts maximum surtax is 6.25%, and the Massachusetts sales tax is 6.25%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 5.15% to 5.15% in Massachusetts.

Goods & Services

ItemNorthamptonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.60$14.596.8%
Beauty Salon $14.60$34.6857.9%
Toothpaste $1.99$2.4719.5%
Shampoo $0.99$1.023.1%
Movie $10.00$9.871.3%
Bowling $6.00$4.3936.6%

Groceries

ItemNorthamptonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.07$4.489.1%
Fried Chicken $2.87$1.4696.0%
Milk $2.33$2.361.1%
Potatoes $3.99$3.0630.3%
Pizza $7.99$9.2413.6%
Beer $6.99$8.6319.0%

Health Care

ItemNorthamptonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $142.50$99.7842.8%
Doctor $99.20$105.035.6%
Dentist $95.00$88.707.1%
Ibuprofen $9.49$9.410.8%
Lipitor $231.30$298.5022.5%

Housing

ItemNorthamptonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $280,300.00$175,700.0059.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,515.12$1,081.0340.2%
Apartment Rent $965.00$920.004.9%

Transportation

ItemNorthamptonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.33$2.0911.2%
Tire Balancing $61.98$45.2936.9%

Utilities

ItemNorthamptonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$160.96$170.805.8%
Phone $27.50$28.262.7%
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.
Huntington, MA785100-0%
Chicopee, MA55,60311414%
Holyoke, MA40,07911414%
Russell, MA5441022%
West Springfield Town, MA28,55411717%
Northampton, MA28,63711515%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Suisun City, CA28,62712323%
Agawam Town, MA28,62612121%
Newburgh, NY28,61411616%
Millville, NJ28,6031033%
Matthews, NC28,6771055%
Northampton, MA28,63711515%
Source: The Northampton, MA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.