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Cost of Living in Boston

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Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 86.18
Rent Index: 77.34
Groceries Index: 85.20
Restaurants Index: 87.76
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 81.95
Local Purchasing Power: 129.95
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $ 12.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 70.00 $ 50.00-80.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 $ 6.50-9.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 $ 4.00-7.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 7.00 $ 6.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.90 $ 3.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.80 $ 1.25-2.50
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.58 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.36 $ 2.59-4.89
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.54 $ 2.00-3.29
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.74 $ 1.00-3.00
Eggs (12) 2.96 $ 2.00-3.60
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.91 $ 3.00-7.99
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.35 $ 2.00-7.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.57 $ 3.50-8.99
Apples (1 lb) 2.08 $ 1.49-3.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.63 $ 0.49-0.80
Oranges (1 lb) 2.22 $ 1.49-3.50
Tomato (1 lb) 2.30 $ 1.00-3.50
Potato (1 lb) 1.54 $ 0.89-2.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.40 $ 0.99-2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.36 $ 0.99-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.70 $ 1.00-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 10.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.72 $ 1.00-3.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.88 $ 1.50-2.50
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 10.55 $ 9.25-11.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.53 $ 2.10-2.75
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 82.00 $ 75.00-84.50
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.89 $ 2.60-3.75
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.68 $ 2.80-5.40
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 28.00 $ 25.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.19 $ 1.90-2.50
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,750.00 $ 20,000.00-25,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,536.36 $ 17,500.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 151.19 $ 70.00-255.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.10 $ 0.10-0.12
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 53.77 $ 30.00-86.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 51.67 $ 20.00-90.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 22.67 $ 15.00-40.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.25 $ 11.00-15.00
Childcare [ Edit ] Avg.
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,550.00 $ 650.00-3,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 18,500.00 $ 18,000.00-20,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 48.88 $ 35.00-75.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 38.44 $ 25.00-69.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 78.74 $ 60.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 105.24 $ 75.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,362.21 $ 1,800.00-3,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,641.06 $ 1,200.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,088.55 $ 3,200.00-5,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,701.57 $ 2,200.00-3,200.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 852.31 $ 600.00-999.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 377.50 $ 286.25-500.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 4,322.56 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.87 3.38-4.00

Prices in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Last update: February, 2017
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Cost of living in Boston is 13.82% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 976.36$ and for four person family at 3,536.24$ (without rent).
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18 Comments so far

#rayson on Nov 17, 2016 :
Hi, I'm an immigrant, which is the best city, san diego, vegas, lincoln, los angeles, boston, that has more jobs..

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#Anonymous on Oct 26, 2016 :
Working a my job for 17 years and I never have a cost of living increase.
#REIF on May 02, 2016 :
Can I live in Boston earning USD 2000 per month?
#Anonymous on Apr 06, 2016 :
Can one make it safely living in Boston off of 25,000?
#Kelly Watson on Jun 15, 2015 :
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#Shiva on Apr 27, 2015 :
I presently staying in QUINCY but all 1-bedroom apartments in Quincy is more than $1700 none of the apartments in Quincy MA is not less than $ 1700,please re-evaluate and salary less $7700 with family is staying is really difficult if it is one person is earning.

Boston salary wages is veryless than Labour for all professionals.
#BOBBY ORR on Apr 13, 2015 :
I found this extremely helpful me and the bruins appreciate it
#Anonymous on Feb 12, 2015 :
Hello, you mentioned that Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre is around 1,881.82 $ and Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre is around 1,392.62 $. I'm just wondering where can you find the information and it's private place or you need to share it with others based on this price?

Thanks!
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#Anonymous on Dec 21, 2013 :
What isn't apparent in these figures is that the after tax income doesn't include money for retirement, health care, disability insurance, etc. The actual income after that is more likely around $2,600-$3,000. With the costs described above you will not have a net gain year after year but will be living paycheck to paycheck.
#Anonymous on Dec 08, 2013 :
$1680 for a one bedroom north of Boston, N. Reading. You can get cheaper but it will not be nice(no daylight because blinds will need to be down 24/7 for privacy) or spacious and you'll most likely need to live with someone else.
#Philip on Dec 02, 2013 :
The rent figures are outdated... Add about 30%... They have increased dramatically since 2009...
#Ayidh alqarni on Oct 13, 2013 :
Good evening I want to live with a family in the state of Boston and nearby of FLS Institute and be a respectable family and know the price
Thanks
#Mitch on Oct 07, 2013 :
I am moving to Boston from Sydney Australia. i have no idea about the different areas of Boston. I will be working in the city and am looking at renting a 2 bedroom apartment. I dont think I will be able to afford to live in central Boston. Could anyone suggest areas that have good public transport to the city and economical to live in.
thanks
Mitch