Metro Center 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.
IndexMetro CenterSpringfieldMassachusetts
Cost of living index92102131
IndexMetro CenterSpringfieldMassachusetts
Goods & Services index118118120
Groceries index101101107
Health care index114114120
Housing index5082165
Transportation index113113106
Utilities index9696123

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  • The cost of living in Metro Center is 29% lower than the Springfield average.
  • The cost of living in Metro Center is 8% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Metro Center is 50% lower 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$15,238$1,270$356$457

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

ItemSpringfieldNational avg.Difference
Haircut $20.50$16.0927.4%
Beauty Salon $51.67$37.3338.4%
Toothpaste $2.49$2.451.7%
Shampoo $0.88$1.0011.7%
Movie $10.63$10.283.4%
Bowling $6.46$4.9331.0%

Groceries

ItemSpringfieldNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.94$3.803.6%
Fried Chicken $1.67$1.4019.8%
Milk $2.01$2.010.1%
Potatoes $3.49$3.0115.9%
Pizza $10.32$9.894.4%
Beer $9.82$8.9010.4%

Health Care

ItemSpringfieldNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $120.00$102.1617.5%
Doctor $125.00$108.3615.4%
Dentist $123.03$92.5333.0%
Ibuprofen $8.66$9.286.7%
Lipitor $356.99$425.8216.2%

Housing

ItemSpringfieldNational avg.Difference
Home Price $146,400.00$184,700.0020.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,580.54$1,202.4431.4%
Apartment Rent $839.00$949.0011.6%

Transportation

ItemSpringfieldNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.39$2.246.3%
Tire Balancing $58.58$46.2926.5%

Utilities

ItemSpringfieldNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$174.17$165.964.9%
Phone $24.99$28.6812.9%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Stafford Springs, CT5,0441044%
Chicopee, MA56,1001055%
Palmer Town, MA12,1451055%
Holyoke, MA40,2801066%
Thompsonville, CT8,8731077%
Springfield, MA153,9911022%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Macon-Bibb County, GA153,92584-16%
Hayward, CA154,50714545%
Pasadena, TX153,28687-13%
Cary, NC155,82211616%
Salinas, CA155,88912121%
Springfield, MA153,9911022%
Source: The Metro Center, Springfield, MA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.