Area Iv 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.
IndexArea IvCambridgeMassachusetts
Cost of living index164175131
IndexArea IvCambridgeMassachusetts
Goods & Services index130130120
Groceries index106106107
Health care index135135120
Housing index257294165
Transportation index111111106
Utilities index141141123

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  • The cost of living in Area Iv is 26% higher than the Cambridge average.
  • The cost of living in Area Iv is 64% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Area Iv is 157% higher than the national average.
  • Massachusetts general sales tax is 23% higher than the national average.
  • Massachusetts state income tax is 129% 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$80,924$6,744$1,888$2,428

Massachusetts Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Massachusetts6.25%6.25%

Massachusetts Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Massachusetts5.1%5.1%

Goods & Services

ItemCambridgeNational avg.Difference
Haircut $21.98$16.0936.7%
Beauty Salon $51.87$37.3338.9%
Toothpaste $2.26$2.457.8%
Shampoo $1.05$1.004.6%
Movie $13.47$10.2831.0%
Bowling $8.95$4.9381.4%

Groceries

ItemCambridgeNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.72$3.802.3%
Fried Chicken $1.56$1.4011.9%
Milk $1.98$2.011.5%
Potatoes $3.73$3.0123.9%
Pizza $10.62$9.897.5%
Beer $9.97$8.9012.0%

Health Care

ItemCambridgeNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $105.58$102.163.4%
Doctor $190.52$108.3675.8%
Dentist $126.73$92.5337.0%
Ibuprofen $9.19$9.281.0%
Lipitor $419.01$425.821.6%

Housing

ItemCambridgeNational avg.Difference
Home Price $629,700.00$184,700.00240.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,207.99$1,202.4483.6%
Apartment Rent $1,754.00$949.0084.8%

Transportation

ItemCambridgeNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.25$2.240.1%
Tire Balancing $61.72$46.2933.3%

Utilities

ItemCambridgeNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$238.05$165.9643.4%
Phone $39.99$28.6839.4%
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.
Southfield, MA012525%
Lynn, MA92,07412727%
Randolph, MA33,52613030%
Chelsea, MA38,24413030%
Salem, MA42,80413434%
Cambridge, MA108,75717575%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Antioch, CA108,67512424%
Murrieta, CA108,58313232%
Temecula, CA108,96513535%
High Point, NC108,98296-4%
San Buenaventura (Ventura), CA109,06714444%
Cambridge, MA108,75717575%
Source: The Area Iv, Cambridge, MA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.