Cost of Living Comparison Between Cambridge, MA and Boston, MA 

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Consumer Prices in Boston, MA are 1.8% higher than in Cambridge, MA (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Boston, MA are 1.1% lower than in Cambridge, MA
Rent Prices in Boston, MA are 4.7% lower than in Cambridge, MA
Restaurant Prices in Boston, MA are 1.0% higher than in Cambridge, MA
Groceries Prices in Boston, MA are 1.0% higher than in Cambridge, MA
Local Purchasing Power in Boston, MA is 3.5% lower than in Cambridge, MA
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Restaurants
Cambridge, MA Edit Boston, MA Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 24.00 $ 24.00 $      0.0 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 100.00 $ 100.00 $      0.0 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 12.00 $ 12.00 $      0.0 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 8.00 $ 8.00 $      0.0 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.00 $ 10.00 $      +25.0 %
Cappuccino (regular) 5.67 $ 5.67 $      +0.1 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.81 $ 2.81 $      0.0 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.57 $ 2.51 $      -2.3 %
Markets
Cambridge, MA Edit Boston, MA Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.77 $ 4.77 $      0.0 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.88 $ 3.96 $      +2.0 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.33 $ 2.60 $      -22.0 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.91 $ 4.91 $      0.0 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.87 $ 8.88 $      +29.1 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 6.42 $ 6.42 $      0.0 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 9.25 $ 9.25 $      0.0 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.89 $ 2.57 $      -11.0 %
Banana (1 lb) 0.95 $ 0.95 $      0.0 %
Oranges (1 lb) 2.83 $ 2.83 $      0.0 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.90 $ 2.95 $      +1.8 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.72 $ 1.72 $      0.0 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.50 $ 1.70 $      +13.5 %
Lettuce (1 head) 2.50 $ 2.75 $      +9.9 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.50 $ 2.50 $      0.0 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 15.00 $      0.0 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.90 $ 1.90 $      0.0 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.25 $ 5.25 $      0.0 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 13.66 $ 13.66 $      0.0 %
Transportation
Cambridge, MA Edit Boston, MA Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.40 $ 2.40 $      0.0 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 90.00 $ 90.00 $      0.0 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.70 $ 2.70 $      0.0 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.80 $ 2.80 $      0.0 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 28.00 $ 28.00 $      0.0 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.63 $ 3.63 $      0.0 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 30,000.00 $ 30,000.00 $      0.0 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,095.29 $ 24,095.29 $      0.0 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Cambridge, MA Edit Boston, MA Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 158.55 $ 201.82 $      +27.3 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 49.38 $ 55.83 $      +13.1 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 68.19 $ 68.19 $      0.0 %
Sports And Leisure
Cambridge, MA Edit Boston, MA Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 100.00 $ 95.56 $      -4.4 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 30.00 $ 26.00 $      -13.3 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 16.00 $ 16.00 $      0.0 %
Childcare
Cambridge, MA Edit Boston, MA Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,416.67 $ 2,416.67 $      0.0 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 19,000.00 $ 28,000.00 $      +47.4 %
Clothing And Shoes
Cambridge, MA Edit Boston, MA Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 63.71 $ 60.45 $      -5.1 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 46.33 $ 46.33 $      0.0 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 100.71 $ 92.75 $      -7.9 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 140.00 $ 157.60 $      +12.6 %
Rent Per Month
Cambridge, MA Edit Boston, MA Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 3,162.50 $ 3,111.15 $      -1.6 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,866.67 $ 2,241.25 $      -21.8 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 5,100.00 $ 5,183.91 $      +1.6 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,666.67 $ 3,561.36 $      -2.9 %
Buy Apartment Price
Cambridge, MA Edit Boston, MA Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 449.00 $ 1,087.30 $      +142.2 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 449.00 $ 585.05 $      +30.3 %
Salaries And Financing
Cambridge, MA Edit Boston, MA Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 6,213.44 $ 5,929.73 $      -4.6 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.55 6.55      0.0 %
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