Townsend 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.
IndexTownsendMassachusettsNational
Cost of living index114130100
IndexTownsendMassachusettsNational
Goods & Services index117111100
Groceries index103113100
Health care index116111100
Housing index110167100
Transportation index106117100
Utilities index137126100

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  • The cost of living in Townsend is 12% lower than the Massachusetts average.
  • The cost of living in Townsend is 14% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Townsend is 10% 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$78,958$6,580$1,842$2,369
Renters$39,740$3,312$927$1,192

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

ItemTownsendNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.88$14.5915.7%
Beauty Salon $41.47$34.6819.6%
Toothpaste $2.32$2.476.2%
Shampoo $1.00$1.022.2%
Movie $10.20$9.873.4%
Bowling $4.62$4.395.2%

Groceries

ItemTownsendNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.76$4.4816.0%
Fried Chicken $1.56$1.466.6%
Milk $2.21$2.366.2%
Potatoes $2.98$3.062.7%
Pizza $8.68$9.246.1%
Beer $9.07$8.635.1%

Health Care

ItemTownsendNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $100.39$99.780.6%
Doctor $149.18$105.0342.0%
Dentist $104.81$88.7018.2%
Ibuprofen $9.68$9.412.8%
Lipitor $277.44$298.507.1%

Housing

ItemTownsendNational avg.Difference
Home Price $216,000.00$175,700.0022.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,260.97$1,081.0316.6%
Apartment Rent $742.00$920.0019.3%

Transportation

ItemTownsendNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.28$2.099.0%
Tire Balancing $44.74$45.291.2%

Utilities

ItemTownsendNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$243.35$170.8042.5%
Phone $36.25$28.2628.3%
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.
Greenville, NH1,3601066%
Gardner, MA20,2791099%
Shirley, MA1,32111919%
Fitchburg, MA40,41911212%
Wilton, NH1,12311212%
Townsend, MA1,22711414%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Laytonville, CA1,22711111%
Grantsburg, WI1,22789-11%
Norris Canyon, CA1,227253153%
Eddyville, IA1,22781-19%
Acalanes Ridge, CA1,22619999%
Townsend, MA1,22711414%
Source: The Townsend, MA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.