Cost of Living in Boston

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

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 $ 14.00-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 82.50 $ 60.00-250.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 $ 9.00-13.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 $ 4.50-9.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.00 $ 7.00-12.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.80 $ 3.50-8.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.37 $ 2.00-4.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.04 $ 1.50-3.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.90 $ 2.69-4.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.42 $ 2.00-5.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.92 $ 0.79-5.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.05 $ 1.80-5.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.58 $ 4.99-12.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 4.88 $ 2.00-7.99
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.37 $ 4.99-10.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.03 $ 0.85-4.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.65 $ 0.49-1.00
Oranges (1 lb) 2.35 $ 1.10-3.99
Tomato (1 lb) 2.69 $ 1.00-5.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.05 $ 0.60-2.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.39 $ 0.75-2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 2.13 $ 1.50-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.29 $ 0.75-4.99
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.99 $ 12.00-30.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.84 $ 1.43-5.71
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.17 $ 1.50-5.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 13.00 $ 12.00-18.99
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.40 $ 2.25-2.80
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 90.00 $ 90.00-95.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 2.60-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 2.80-4.02
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 24.00 $ 17.00-28.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.60 $ 3.99-5.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,000.00 $ 22,000.00-30,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,829.00 $ 21,000.00-23,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 186.11 $ 100.00-272.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.23 $ 0.01-0.09
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 62.40 $ 40.00-80.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 62.19 $ 22.99-119.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 25.00 $ 10.00-45.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 $ 12.00-16.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,990.00 $ 1,000.00-2,950.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 28,250.00 $ 14,000.00-48,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 50.50 $ 25.00-69.99
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 39.90 $ 25.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 84.00 $ 60.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 108.38 $ 55.00-150.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,613.04 $ 2,000.00-3,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,888.89 $ 1,500.00-2,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,842.86 $ 3,900.00-6,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,334.09 $ 2,700.00-4,500.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,063.84 $ 699.99-1,299.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 610.88 $ 484.00-799.99
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 6,213.94 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.96 3.00-5.43

Prices in Boston, Massachusetts

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Last update: June 2022
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9 Comments so far
Anonymous on Jan 01, 2022:
Boston isn't a progressive city just like Massachusetts isn't either. They're called new englanders for a reason. Nonprogressive just like England is.The entire state lives in a bottle of scotch enebriated,sedated,whatever you want to call it the sheep don't have a clue how to create anything except nothingness.
Kev on Nov 14, 2021:
2021 you can live for a few days in boston with earning 3k a month but you will indeed starve to death after 7 days because 3k is enough to rent a cubical called a studio, but you won't have enough for food. Better chances is to buy an rv and rent a parking spot, probably would cost you 300$ a month for that parking(you won't find street parking) and another 1000$ in expenses aka fuel (you will be stuck in traffic for hours). However the taxes will probably make your wallet bleed and you will eventually starve aswell. Best option honestly is be very lucky and smart and spend 200k on medical school, preferably Harvard, and wait a couple of years until you eventually earn the big bucks, only after, you will be able to afford a 1bd apt in the projects, and be able to afford a 2001 Honda civic and live off ramen. Boston life is good am I right?
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)