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Overall 14%
Goods & Services 15%
Housing 16%
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.
IndexSmith MillsMassachusettsNational
Cost of living114131100
Goods & Services115122100
Groceries105109100
Health care107121100
Housing116165100
Transportation110107100
Utilities124114100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Smith Mills is 13% lower than the Massachusetts average
  • The cost of living in Smith Mills is 14% higher than the national average
  • Smith Mills housing is 16% higher than the national average
  • Massachusetts general sales tax is 23% higher than the national average
  • Massachusetts state income tax is 103% 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$80,729$6,727$1,884$2,422
      Renters$18,578$1,548$433$557
      A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living in Smith Mills is by simply calculating the maximum that should be spent on housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The plan is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Smith Mills has a median income of about $80,729 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a maximum of $1,884 should be spent on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $18,578. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $433 on all rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

      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

      ItemSmith MillsNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $20.00$17.4914.4%
      Beauty Salon $56.67$38.1748.5%
      Toothpaste $2.55$2.329.9%
      Shampoo $0.99$1.012.2%
      Movie $12.75$10.7218.9%
      Bowling $18.00$13.8629.9%

      Groceries

      ItemSmith MillsNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.77$3.903.3%
      Fried Chicken $1.64$1.4017.5%
      Milk $2.64$1.9634.5%
      Potatoes $3.49$3.189.6%
      Pizza $10.49$10.390.9%
      Beer $10.32$9.2311.8%

      Health Care

      ItemSmith MillsNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $131.39$106.3423.6%
      Doctor $157.87$115.2537.0%
      Dentist $92.75$98.385.7%
      Ibuprofen $9.49$9.262.5%
      Lipitor $408.27$466.4712.5%

      Housing

      ItemSmith MillsNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $264,200.00$184,700.0043.0%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,558.54$1,273.3222.4%
      Apartment Rent $515.00$949.0045.7%

      Transportation

      ItemSmith MillsNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.65$2.592.1%
      Tire Balancing $62.00$48.9026.8%

      Utilities

      ItemSmith MillsNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$235.76$167.6040.7%
      Phone $186.18$163.4213.9%
      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.

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      West Wareham, MA3,0811099%
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      Acushnet Center, MA2,85911212%
      Fall River, MA88,90211212%
      Smith Mills, MA4,73211414%

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      Smith Mills, MA4,73211414%
      Source: The Smith Mills, MA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.