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Overall 35%
Goods & Services 30%
Housing 70%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2019 and was released from C2ER in January, 2020; this is the most current data available.
The cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. For example, if the cost of living is 90, then it is 10% lower than average. If the cost of living is 110, then it is 10% higher than average. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods & services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexNorth DorchesterBostonMassachusetts
Cost of living135145131
Goods & Services130130122
Groceries108108109
Health care118118121
Housing170204165
Transportation111111107
Utilities115115114

Key findings

  • The cost of living in North Dorchester is 3% higher than the Boston average
  • The cost of living in North Dorchester is 35% higher than the national average
  • North Dorchester housing is 70% higher than the national average
  • Massachusetts general sales tax is 23% higher than the national average
  • Massachusetts state income tax is 125% 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)
      Household$56,252$4,688$1,312$1,688

      Massachusetts Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Massachusetts6.25%6.25%

      Massachusetts Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Massachusetts5%5%

      Goods & Services

      ItemBostonNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $25.20$17.4944.1%
      Beauty Salon $60.40$38.1758.2%
      Toothpaste $2.19$2.325.6%
      Shampoo $1.12$1.0110.7%
      Movie $14.12$10.7231.7%
      Bowling $20.20$13.8645.7%

      Groceries

      ItemBostonNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.59$3.907.9%
      Fried Chicken $1.45$1.403.9%
      Milk $1.99$1.961.4%
      Potatoes $3.99$3.1825.4%
      Pizza $11.49$10.3910.5%
      Beer $9.39$9.231.7%

      Health Care

      ItemBostonNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $95.00$106.3410.7%
      Doctor $184.93$115.2560.5%
      Dentist $107.00$98.388.8%
      Ibuprofen $9.29$9.260.3%
      Lipitor $478.31$466.472.5%

      Housing

      ItemBostonNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $423,200.00$184,700.00129.1%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,497.05$1,273.3296.1%
      Apartment Rent $1,369.00$949.0044.3%

      Transportation

      ItemBostonNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.65$2.592.1%
      Tire Balancing $63.78$48.9030.4%

      Utilities

      ItemBostonNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$214.60$167.6028.0%
      Phone $178.27$163.429.1%
      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.
      Southfield, MA012020%
      Lynn, MA92,07412424%
      Holbrook, MA11,00812626%
      Randolph, MA33,52612727%
      Chelsea, MA38,24412727%
      Boston, MA658,27914545%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Washington, DC659,00915252%
      Memphis, TN655,85779-21%
      Denver, CO663,30311414%
      Seattle, WA668,84915858%
      Nashville, TN643,77195-5%
      Boston, MA658,27914545%
      Source: The North Dorchester, Boston, MA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.