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Places With The Lowest Cost Of Living In Massachusetts 2020

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  • Adams, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,412
62
  • North Adams, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,326
  • Living in North Adams, Massachusetts has been a decent experience these last 4 years, but I would not say that this is my forever home. This is a small town and the people are nice, but the town is also…[read more]
71
  • Athol, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,428
55
  • Pittsfield, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 43,632
  • I've lived in Pittsfield for 18 months, and my experience has been unspeakably bad. I would strongly counsel anyone considering moving here to take the propaganda about the area's much-publicized…[read more]
76
  • Greenfield Town, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,477
  • Knowing the history of the Atlantic Northeast is now easy feat. Lo and behold, when I moved here, I was immediately served a bowl of Clam Chowder and given a Patriots hoodie. All jokes aside living here…[read more]
72
  • Ware, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,771
  • Extremely high property taxes, politically incompetent town goverment. Rampant nepotism by town department heads, with some selectmen condoning and protecting status quo. Downtown was recently…[read more]
54
  • Springfield, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 153,991
  • Fist, the state of Massachusetts as a whole is very lacking in punishing criminals period! As for Springfield Massachusetts, it is absolutely not a place to raise a family. Why? First, drug/substance use…[read more]
73
  • Gardner, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,334
  • Gardner is one of those small towns that offer a lot of nothing. However, I've lived here for two years and wouldn't leave at all. There are very few large businesses, so it's hard to find a job.…[read more]
72
  • Webster, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,122
  • Webster, Massachusetts is home to Lake Chaubunagungamaug or more commonly known as Webster Lake. Its name has been cited as the longest name of a place in the United States and is 1,442 acres in size.…[read more]
74
  • Chicopee, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 56,100
  • I have lived in Chicopee for over 25 years now. People tend to stay here for long periods of time due to the quality of life. It's actually a larger city than many people realize, but it still maintains…[read more]
62
  • Palmer Town, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,145
  • We moved here several years ago and decided to rent before we bought a home; now we are planning to buy elsewhere as I refuse to live here any longer. The schools are so terrible that we sent our kids…[read more]
67
  • Fitchburg, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 40,441
  • I have found living in Fitchburg to be quite pleasant. Typical of New England, our town embodies a familiar Massachusetts tenacity that compelled our residents to save a beloved boulder by blowing it up,…[read more]
52
  • Holyoke, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 40,280
  • HOLYOKE IS NOT VERY NICE PLACE TO LIVE. 1-25 CITIZENS OR VISITORS IS A VICTIM OF A VIOLENT , OR PROPERTY THEFT CRIME. 60% POPULATION IN HOLYOKE IS HISPANIC AND GROWING RAPIDLY EVERY DAY.! I REALLY…[read more]
78
  • Spencer, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,790
58
  • New Bedford, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 94,988
  • New Bedford, much like the rest of Massachusetts, has a great historical value. I passed through on a school field trip and was quite pleased with the beautiful community, excellent selection of…[read more]
68
  • West Springfield Town, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,575
  • If you like small-town living, West Springfield is the best place, in my opinion. One of the benefits in living here is access to shops and businesses. There’s a nice mix of variety, and you don’t have…[read more]
54
  • Fall River, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 88,902
  • I don't what what's positive to say about this place. Cheap gas at Cumby's that's about it. Been here a little over a year. Within 2 days of moving into an apartment, the local heroin dealer next door…[read more]
82
  • Easthampton Town, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,042
  • Easthampton Town is a very welcoming town with friendly neighbors and a lot to offer. I love to hike and ride my bike at the hiking trails in Mt. Tom Reservations. I also like to take the kids to the…[read more]
76
  • Leominster, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,304
  • The city of Leominster in Massachusetts is definitely an appealing place to a lot of people. After having lived there personally in the early 90's I can definitely attest to the local charm of the area.…[read more]
65
  • Southbridge Town, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,824
  • This is a nice city to live in because it offers an exceptional quality of living with affordable homes. I am impressed by the trendy coffee shops and fine dining restaurants. This city offers a…[read more]
72
  • Agawam Town, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,701
  • First, what I love about Agawam is it small town feel, through at time it can get business. In the winter months, the town is really good about quickly plowing the roads and keeping them cleared.…[read more]
79
  • Westfield, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,486
  • I have lived in Westfield, MA and the surrounding areas for a period of time several years ago and have nothing negative to say about Westfield. The city lies less than five miles West of Springfield,…[read more]
74
  • Taunton, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 56,504
  • I have lived in Taunton, MA for about five years and overall I like this little city a lot. I'm a writer so I like the history that Taunton is proud of, and I have to say the library system is excellent.…[read more]
72
  • Bliss Corner, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,266
67
  • Haverhill, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 62,340
  • The Haverhill, MA is beautiful in the summers and cold in the winters. I lived there for about a year when my job transferred me to the area 2010. For people that are relocating, they will need to get a…[read more]
83
  • Clinton, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,232
71
  • Oxford, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,927
60
  • Worcester, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 183,677
  • Worcester Massachusetts is located just west of Boston. Residents perceive it as the heart of Central New England. Best described as a metropolis with small town warmth, Worcester contains all the beauty…[read more]
70
  • Somerset, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,279
  • Overall living in Somerset, MA has been quite enjoyable for me and the family. We take regular trips to the Free-town River State Forest, and the kids love the place. Although there aren't many…[read more]
74
  • Attleboro, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 44,121
  • I lived in Attleboro from age 1-18, went to college in R.I., and was unfortunate enough to return to Attleboro from ages 22-25. I’m 33 now. I moved to North Attleboro as soon as I could afford to. I’ve…[read more]
77
  • Methuen Town, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 49,043
  • I have lived in Methuen Town, MA for about five years. I moved to the area because of a promotion at work, and I have loved the area ever since. The weather is beautiful, and there are so many things to…[read more]
53
  • Brockton, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 94,813
  • During my time in Brockton, I really enjoyed the time I spent at the Falmouth Ice Arena. It seems to be the most popular thing to do in the city because it was crowded. The crowds did not interfere with…[read more]
55
  • Lawrence, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 79,337
  • I have lived in Lawrence, MA for about 10 years. This is one of the quietest places I have seen, and it's a beautiful area to raise my children. There are several parks in the city, and I enjoy meeting…[read more]
81
  • Middleborough Center, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,415
79
  • Amesbury Town, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,082
  • Amesbury MA, is such a cute suburban town. My family has lived in the area for the past twenty years. The area has many cul-de-sacs and beautiful yards. It reminds me of how New England would be…[read more]
68
  • Lowell, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 109,871
  • I recently traveled to Lowell, MA to attend a concert at the Lowell Auditorium. I had a wonderful time. Lowell Auditorium was a very good place to attend a concert. The location of the auditorium was…[read more]
70
  • Northampton, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,534
  • Located in western Massachusetts, Northampton is one of the better examples of diversity in America. Everyone is pretty liberal and open-minded, giving the small niche town with a downtown fit for…[read more]
72
  • South Yarmouth, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,953
  • I enjoy living in South Yarmouth. It is a beautiful location with a quaint atmosphere, especially in the summer. The beaches are beautiful and tend to attract plenty of tourists. Of course, the tourism…[read more]
79
  • Bridgewater, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,544
72
  • Whitinsville, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,831
67
  • West Yarmouth, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,080
65
  • Lynn, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 92,074
  • I live and own in lynn and I must say it is a pretty rough place to live, breath, think, thrive. It is very diverse which is nice and it has the potential to be a very sophisticated place base on its…[read more]
72
  • Amherst Center, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,037
  • Situated in the heart of the Five College area, Amherst Center is the perfect blend of small town ambiance and big city culture. My children and I enjoyed living in Amherst Center among so much culture…[read more]
66
  • South Amherst, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,283
78
  • Milford, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,701
  • Milford has a variety of activities that the whole family will enjoy. Whether you want to engage in nature-centered attractions or you're looking for a great place to eat, these locations will make your…[read more]
77
  • Holbrook, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,008
  • Holbrook is a lively city within Suffolk County that houses up to 11,000 residents. This city has a strong cultural background that is unique compared to the other cities. The attractive, but yet…[read more]
85
  • Mansfield Center, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,763
74
  • Bellingham, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,376
69
  • Randolph, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 33,526
  • I've been living in Randolph for years now and love it! There's so much history here, not just in Randolph but the whole region. I love being close to so many museums. In the summer, the city really…[read more]
57
  • Chelsea, MA
  • (City)
  • Population: 38,244
  • I was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1948, lived in a neighborhood of brick row houses as I grew and left forty years later, disappointed that the city never achieved it's potential as the Urban…[read more]

Finding an affordable place to live in Massachusetts is not always an easy task. While housing prices continue to rebound and general goods and services continue to rise, it feels like affordable living could be a thing of the past. Luckily, there are still some cities in Massachusetts that qualify as affordable. Using science and data, AreaVibes has compiled a list of the most affordable places to live in Massachusetts. These cities have the lowest cost of living in all of Massachusetts.

Listed above are the most affordable places to live in Massachusetts with a population of more than 5,000 people. To calculate the most affordable cities in Massachusetts, the cost of living index for each city was calculated, then compared to the national average of 100. The cost of living index takes into account the following categories: goods and services, groceries, health care, housing, transportation and utilities.

To customize your list of affordable places to live in Massachusetts, you can adjust the filters to meet your needs. This will allow you to select the city size (population) as well as what other categories (amenities, crime, education, employment, housing and weather) might be important to you. Finally, you are also able to select your home or rental price range to ensure that the cities on your list fit your budget.