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Cost of Living in Boston

Summary about cost of living in Boston:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $ 12.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 69.00 $ 50.00-80.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 $ 7.00-9.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 $ 5.00-7.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.00 $ 6.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.98 $ 3.00-4.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.94 $ 1.50-2.50
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.55 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.21 $ 2.50-4.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.45 $ 1.70-3.49
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.00 $ 1.50-3.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.83 $ 2.00-3.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.57 $ 3.00-8.99
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 5.08 $ 2.50-8.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.31 $ 4.29-9.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.11 $ 1.29-3.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.64 $ 0.39-1.00
Oranges (1 lb) 2.90 $ 1.00-6.00
Tomato (1 lb) 2.11 $ 1.49-4.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.77 $ 0.99-4.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.35 $ 0.99-2.27
Lettuce (1 head) 1.99 $ 1.50-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.72 $ 1.50-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 12.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.03 $ 1.99-2.14
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.98 $ 2.40-3.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 10.97 $ 10.00-11.50
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $ 2.25-2.75
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 84.50 $ 80.00-85.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.60 $ 2.50-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.30 $ 2.80-7.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 28.00 $ 28.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.80 $ 2.59-3.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,000.00 $ 20,000.00-24,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,924.00 $ 17,000.00-24,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 161.26 $ 100.00-300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.10 $ 0.10-0.10
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 64.90 $ 50.00-100.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 55.89 $ 25.00-95.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 16.14 $ 0.00-35.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 14.00 $ 12.00-15.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,777.59 $ 1,400.00-2,300.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 21,935.83 $ 14,000.00-35,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 49.28 $ 30.00-70.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 35.92 $ 20.00-60.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 79.57 $ 55.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 99.13 $ 70.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,416.65 $ 1,900.00-3,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,744.15 $ 1,400.00-2,100.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,219.36 $ 3,300.00-6,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,758.24 $ 2,100.00-3,400.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 961.39 $ 500.00-1,099.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 394.58 $ 300.00-661.99
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,242.41 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.19 3.75-4.54

Prices in Boston, Massachusetts

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Last update: December 2018
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11 Comments so far

#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.
#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..

Please email with response

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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 :
This is the best info that I have ever encountered about Boston it's like the worst information like ever osea like duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
#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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