Cost of Living in Boston

Summary about cost of living in Boston, MA, United States:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 18.00 $ 12.00-38.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 77.50 $ 60.00-135.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.00 $ 8.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 $ 5.00-8.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.75 $ 6.00-10.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.32 $ 3.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.22 $ 1.75-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.87 $ 1.25-3.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.36 $ 2.40-4.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.85 $ 1.50-5.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.58 $ 1.00-5.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.62 $ 1.50-4.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.53 $ 3.00-12.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.48 $ 2.99-8.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.39 $ 4.99-10.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.55 $ 0.90-4.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.83 $ 0.47-2.00
Oranges (1 lb) 2.44 $ 1.00-4.00
Tomato (1 lb) 2.77 $ 1.00-5.00
Potato (1 lb) 0.78 $ 0.40-3.00
Onion (1 lb) 2.04 $ 0.50-4.00
Lettuce (1 head) 2.13 $ 1.00-4.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.27 $ 1.50-4.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 10.00-30.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3.21 $ 1.43-5.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.29 $ 2.00-4.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 12.00 $ 11.00-15.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.70 $ 2.40-3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 90.00 $ 90.00-100.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 2.60-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 2.80-5.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 28.00 $ 28.00-28.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.55 $ 2.00-3.40
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,000.00 $ 21,845.00-25,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,576.92 $ 19,500.00-24,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 172.53 $ 100.00-300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.09 $ 0.05-0.10
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 67.35 $ 50.00-120.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 61.24 $ 20.00-135.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 21.43 $ 10.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 $ 12.75-20.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,711.38 $ 1,000.00-2,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 26,250.00 $ 12,000.00-48,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 47.32 $ 30.00-60.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 37.41 $ 24.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 80.15 $ 50.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 116.36 $ 60.00-185.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,605.05 $ 2,000.00-3,300.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,935.28 $ 1,500.00-2,300.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,402.61 $ 3,500.00-8,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,897.11 $ 2,500.00-4,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 994.15 $ 699.99-1,460.76
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 477.62 $ 365.12-799.99
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,074.32 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.94 3.00-4.90

Prices in Boston, Massachusetts

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Last update: November 2020
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8 Comments so far
Anonymous on Oct 07, 2019:
Not enough money per month in Boston but on the southside of Chicago it should be ok.Do you do tricks SARAH?
Sarah on Sep 29, 2019:
If my husband and I earn a total monthly income of 8,000$ to 10,000$, is it good to live in Boston given that it is expensive?
(We intend to spend wisely and rent a small 1 room apartment)
Anonymous on Mar 14, 2019:
Can I also ask how much is the monthly rent in Boston for one bedroom?
Dimitris on Mar 14, 2019:
Hi I want to ask how much is the salaries plus tips for waiters and bartenders in Boston?
My friends they said to me if I work as a waiter in Boston full time 60hours per week I can make 4000$ 5000$
Is that true ?
john leahy on Jan 23, 2019:
Living in the Boston metropolitan area is great for those making over $150,000 a year. Otherwise no. I'm 71 and retired living on a modest pension. So now I feel it's necessary to move away for the first time.
Dee on Nov 20, 2018:
I don't know where all these (great btw!) sites get the info about rent from. Also here on numbeo, the rent numbers are way too low to meet the reality. I have lived in Boston downtown (city center) for 2.5 years and there's no way to get a 1 bedroom for $2,400. If you're lucky you may find a basement studio for that. A 1 bedroom starts at about $2,800 and it won't be new or renovated. Take ~$3,500 if you really want a reasonable 1 bedroom in the city centre or you'll be out of luck.
Uhhhhh... on Jun 12, 2018:
why is this in the market area?
Bottle of Wine
Domestic Beer
Imported Beer
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro)
Anonymous on Nov 13, 2017:
If you never lived in Boston before please note that unless you are making AT LEAST $3000 a month you will not be able to afford living here.