Peabody 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.
Cost of living index140130100
Goods & Services index127111100
Groceries index108113100
Health care index124111100
Housing index172167100
Transportation index116117100
Utilities index156126100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Peabody, MA is displayed above. In Peabody, MA, the overall cost of living index is 140, which is 8% higher than the Massachusetts average and 40% 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 Peabody, MA, the city's goods and services are 15% higher than the Massachusetts average and 27% higher than the U.S. average.

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  • The cost of living in Peabody is 8% higher than the Massachusetts average.
  • The cost of living in Peabody is 40% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Peabody is 72% 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

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One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Peabody, MA by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Peabody, MA have a median income of $81,474. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,901 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $40,240, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $939.

Massachusetts Sales Tax

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Massachusetts Income Tax

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The Massachusetts sales tax and Massachusetts income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Peabody, MA. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Massachusetts sales tax is 6.25% and the maximum surtax is 6.25%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Massachusetts income tax rates range from 5.15% to 5.15%.

Goods & Services

ItemPeabodyNational 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%


ItemPeabodyNational 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

ItemPeabodyNational 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%


ItemPeabodyNational avg.Difference
Home Price $331,000.00$175,700.0088.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,761.00$1,081.0362.9%
Apartment Rent $1,241.00$920.0034.9%


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


ItemPeabodyNational 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.
Lawrence, MA77,36412323%
Lynn, MA91,28912828%
Chelsea, MA37,08413131%
Methuen Town, MA48,15912424%
Salem, MA42,32113535%
Peabody, MA51,86814040%

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La Crosse, WI51,86497-3%
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Lakewood, NJ51,94413737%
Battle Creek, MI51,96380-20%
Peabody, MA51,86814040%
Source: The Peabody, MA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.