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Cost of Living in Boston

Summary about cost of living in Boston:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $ 13.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 67.50 $ 50.00-90.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 $ 6.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 $ 5.00-8.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.43 $ 6.00-9.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.00 $ 3.00-4.85
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.91 $ 1.50-2.50
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.63 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.35 $ 2.50-4.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.56 $ 1.70-4.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.60 $ 1.00-3.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.58 $ 2.00-3.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.14 $ 3.00-9.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 6.12 $ 3.50-8.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.70 $ 4.29-9.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.14 $ 1.00-3.50
Banana (1 lb) 0.67 $ 0.39-1.39
Oranges (1 lb) 2.17 $ 1.00-4.00
Tomato (1 lb) 2.60 $ 1.50-4.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.73 $ 0.80-4.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.67 $ 1.00-2.50
Lettuce (1 head) 1.71 $ 1.00-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.86 $ 1.50-2.39
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 14.50 $ 12.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.66 $ 1.14-2.86
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.70 $ 2.00-4.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 11.00 $ 10.00-11.50
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $ 2.25-2.75
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 89.00 $ 84.50-90.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 2.50-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.60 $ 2.82-7.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 28.00 $ 28.00-28.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.81 $ 2.60-3.00
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,040.00 $ 20,000.00-24,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,282.22 $ 16,500.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 138.49 $ 78.46-300.00
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) 66.52 $ 45.00-100.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 58.56 $ 30.00-100.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.00 $ 0.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 14.00 $ 12.00-16.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,682.23 $ 1,200.00-2,200.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 25,278.75 $ 12,000.00-40,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 47.17 $ 29.99-60.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 31.87 $ 20.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 77.43 $ 50.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 102.87 $ 60.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,550.85 $ 2,000.00-3,200.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,832.33 $ 1,300.00-2,400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,073.30 $ 3,400.00-5,700.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,708.15 $ 2,100.00-3,400.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 944.50 $ 500.00-1,099.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 435.81 $ 350.00-699.99
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,454.94 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.27 3.95-5.00

Prices in Boston, Massachusetts

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Last update: October 2019
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12 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.
#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?