South Yarmouth 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.
IndexSouth YarmouthMassachusettsNational
Cost of living index128130100
IndexSouth YarmouthMassachusettsNational
Goods & Services index123111100
Groceries index111113100
Health care index117111100
Housing index149167100
Transportation index111117100
Utilities index126126100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the South Yarmouth, MA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Massachusetts and cities across the country, the cost of living index in South Yarmouth, MA is 128, which is 1% lower than the Massachusetts average and 28% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in South Yarmouth, MA are 11% higher than the average for Massachusetts and 23% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in South Yarmouth is 1% lower than the Massachusetts average.
  • The cost of living in South Yarmouth is 28% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in South Yarmouth is 49% 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$55,700$4,642$1,300$1,671
Renters$36,066$3,006$841$1,082
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in South Yarmouth, 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 South Yarmouth, MA have a median income of $55,700. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,300 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $36,066, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $841.

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 you are determining the total cost of living in South Yarmouth, MA you will want to make sure you consider both the Massachusetts sales tax and the Massachusetts income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Massachusetts is 6.25%, with the highest surtax being 6.25%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Massachusetts have a range from 5.15% to 5.15%.

Goods & Services

ItemSouth YarmouthNational 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

ItemSouth YarmouthNational 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

ItemSouth YarmouthNational 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

ItemSouth YarmouthNational avg.Difference
Home Price $280,700.00$175,700.0059.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,392.30$1,081.0328.8%
Apartment Rent $1,151.00$920.0025.1%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemSouth YarmouthNational 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.
Popponesset Island, MA2411919%
South Dennis, MA3,59913131%
West Yarmouth, MA5,88212828%
Dennis Port, MA2,93613030%
Barnstable Town, MA44,75013535%
South Yarmouth, MA11,48212828%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
River Edge, NJ11,48315959%
Platteville, WI11,48098-2%
Niles, MI11,47979-21%
Cedarburg, WI11,4851088%
Wallington, NJ11,48713434%
South Yarmouth, MA11,48212828%
Source: The South Yarmouth, MA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.