Cost of living in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $14
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $8
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $5.21
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $0.98
12 eggs, large $3.49
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $5.44
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $8
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $4.09
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $2.00
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.90
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $15
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.90
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $2.92
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $2,736
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $2,011
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $221
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $2,035
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $1,533
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $141
Internet 8MB (1 month) $56
40” flat screen TV $454
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $148
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $12
Hourly rate for cleaning help $22
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $52
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $38
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $84
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $134
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $23,534
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.59
Monthly ticket public transport $76
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $15
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $5.94
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $14
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $114
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $5.88
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.63
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.16
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.67
Tube of toothpaste $2.11
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $21
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $49
2 tickets to the movies $26
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $196
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $110
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $13
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $4.71
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $6
iPod nano 16GB $146
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $0.13
1 month of gym membership in business district $76
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $10
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,361 prices entered by 228 different people.
Latest price update: April 29, 2016.

Boston position in our World Ranking

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19th
out of 269
n. america
5th
out of 72
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5th
out of 60

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