Salem 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.
IndexSalemMassachusettsNational
Cost of living index135130100
IndexSalemMassachusettsNational
Goods & Services index127111100
Groceries index108113100
Health care index124111100
Housing index157165100
Transportation index116117100
Utilities index156126100

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  • The cost of living in Salem is 4% higher than the Massachusetts average.
  • The cost of living in Salem is 35% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Salem is 57% 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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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%

Goods & Services

ItemSalemNational 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

ItemSalemNational 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

ItemSalemNational 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

ItemSalemNational avg.Difference
Home Price $313,200.00$181,400.0072.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,761.00$1,081.0362.9%
Apartment Rent $1,075.00$889.0020.9%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemSalemNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Lawrence, MA76,33112525%
Lynn, MA90,39212828%
Methuen Town, MA47,23812323%
Chelsea, MA35,52713131%
Revere, MA51,72913737%
Salem, MA41,64113535%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Maricopa, AZ41,62694-6%
Everett, MA41,62113737%
Buffalo Grove, IL41,66712323%
Warren, OH41,56975-25%
Altamonte Springs, FL41,76198-2%
Salem, MA41,64113535%
Source: The Salem, MA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.