A wise sage once said:
“She works hard for the money…”
And these places in Massachusetts definitely treat her right.
You see, these are the places in Massachusetts where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Bay State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.
So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 53 largest places in Massachusetts, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.
- Gardner (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Fitchburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Leominster (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Haverhill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Methuen Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Amesbury Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Newburyport (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- North Adams (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Pittsfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Greenfield Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)
So listen up Newton (the most expensive place in Massachusetts) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.
And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about Massachusetts and the cheapest places in the country:
How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Bay State For 2018
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:
- Health Insurance
You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Massachusetts to figure out which is the least expensive.
What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.
So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 53 places in Massachusetts that have more than 5,000 people.
And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.
San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.
Gardner is a city in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 20,228 at the 2010 census. Gardner is home to Dunn State Park, Gardner Heritage State Park, Lake Wampanoag Wildlife Sanctuary, and Mount Wachusett Community College.
Fitchburg is the third largest city in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 40,318 at the 2010 census. Fitchburg is home to Fitchburg State University as well as 17 public and private elementary and high schools.
Leominster is a city in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. It is the second-largest city in Worcester County, with a population of 40,759 at the 2010 census. Leominster is located north of Worcester and west of Boston. Both Route 2 and Route 12 pass through Leominster. Interstate 190, Route 13, and Route 117 all have starting/ending points in Leominster. Leominster is bounded by Fitchburg and Lunenburg to the north, Lancaster to the east, Sterling and Princeton to the south, and Westminster to the west.
Haverhill is a city in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 60,879 at the 2010 census.
Newburyport is a small coastal, scenic, and historic city in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States, 35 miles northeast of Boston. The population was 17,416 at the 2010 census. A historic seaport with a vibrant tourism industry, Newburyport includes part of Plum Island. The mooring, winter storage and maintenance of recreational boats, motor and sail, still contribute a large part of the city’s income. A Coast Guard station oversees boating activity, especially in the swift tidal currents of the Merrimack River.
North Adams is a city in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. It is part of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its population was 13,708 as of the 2010 census, making it the least populous city in the state. Best known as the home of the largest contemporary art museum in the United States, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams has in recent years become a center for tourism, culture and recreation.
Pittsfield is the largest city and the county seat of Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States. It is the principal city of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Berkshire County. The population was 44,737 at the 2010 census. Although the population has declined in recent decades, Pittsfield remains the third largest municipality in western Massachusetts, behind only Springfield and Chicopee.
Greenfield is a city in Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States. Greenfield was first settled in 1686. The population was 17,456 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Franklin County. Greenfield is home to Greenfield Community College, the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Franklin County Fair. The city has a Main Street Historic District containing fine examples of Federal, Greek Revival, and Victorian architecture.
There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Massachusetts Cheapskate
If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Massachusetts, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.
Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Massachusetts according to the data:
For more Massachusetts reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Massachusetts
- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Massachusetts
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Massachusetts
Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Massachusetts
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