These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Massachusetts For 2018


We used data and science to determine which places in Massachusetts go easy on your wallet.

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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.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Massachusetts for 2018:

  1. Gardner (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Fitchburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Leominster (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Haverhill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Methuen Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Amesbury Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Newburyport (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. North Adams (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Pittsfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. 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

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Massachusetts
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

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, MA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 20,250
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 96
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on Gardner: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, MA

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 40,314
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 107
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on Fitchburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, MA

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 40,879
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 122
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on Leominster: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 60,953
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 136
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on Haverhill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Haverhill is a city in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 60,879 at the 2010 census.

Methuen Town, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 47,238
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 141
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on Methuen Town: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Amesbury Town, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,344
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 157
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on Amesbury Town: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Newburyport, MA

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 17,460
Services: 117
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 116
Housing: 204
Transportation: 106
Utilities: 137
More on Newburyport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, MA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 13,725
Services: 94
Groceries: 119
Health Care: 98
Housing: 81
Transportation: 118
Utilities: 96
More on North Adams: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 44,542
Services: 94
Groceries: 119
Health Care: 98
Housing: 93
Transportation: 118
Utilities: 96
More on Pittsfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 Town, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,543
Services: 94
Groceries: 119
Health Care: 98
Housing: 97
Transportation: 118
Utilities: 96
More on Greenfield Town: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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:

  1. Newton
  2. Cambridge
  3. Somerville

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Massachusetts

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Gardner 9.17 20,250 117 103 116
2 Fitchburg 10.0 40,314 117 103 116
3 Leominster 11.42 40,879 117 103 116
4 Haverhill 12.33 60,953 117 103 116
5 Methuen Town 12.67 47,238 117 103 116
6 Amesbury Town 13.25 16,344 117 103 116
7 Newburyport 16.5 17,460 117 103 116
8 North Adams 17.5 13,725 94 119 98
9 Pittsfield 17.83 44,542 94 119 98
10 Greenfield Town 18.5 17,543 94 119 98
11 Southbridge Town 19.42 16,775 123 111 117
12 New Bedford 19.58 94,952 123 111 117
13 Springfield 20.0 153,278 121 128 119
14 Easthampton Town 20.08 16,030 94 119 98
15 Worcester 20.08 181,473 123 111 117
16 Fall River 20.33 89,049 123 111 117
17 Chicopee 20.5 55,326 121 128 119
18 Holyoke 20.5 39,996 121 128 119
19 Palmer Town 21.0 12,159 121 128 119
20 West Springfield Town 21.17 28,411 121 128 119
21 Taunton 21.25 55,951 123 111 117
22 Northampton 21.5 28,642 94 119 98
23 Westfield 21.83 41,162 121 128 119
24 Agawam Town 22.0 28,476 121 128 119
25 Attleboro 22.17 43,603 123 111 117
26 Barnstable Town 23.92 45,170 123 111 117
27 Franklin Town 25.0 31,760 123 111 117
28 Lawrence 32.67 76,331 127 108 124
29 Lowell 32.92 106,739 127 108 124
30 Brockton 33.08 93,916 127 108 124
31 Lynn 33.42 90,392 127 108 124
32 Chelsea 34.17 35,527 127 108 124
33 Salem 34.5 41,641 127 108 124
34 Marlborough 34.75 38,491 127 108 124
35 Revere 35.0 51,729 127 108 124
36 Weymouth Town 35.0 53,933 127 108 124
37 Everett 35.25 41,621 127 108 124
38 Malden 35.42 59,388 127 108 124
39 Peabody 35.58 51,215 127 108 124
40 Quincy 35.75 92,078 127 108 124
41 Beverly 36.08 39,748 127 108 124
42 Gloucester 36.25 28,937 127 108 124
43 Winthrop Town 36.42 17,584 127 108 124
44 Woburn 36.58 38,231 127 108 124
45 Braintree Town 36.75 35,731 127 108 124
46 Boston 37.0 619,662 127 108 124
47 Medford 37.25 56,255 127 108 124
48 Melrose 37.42 27,043 127 108 124
49 Waltham 37.58 60,836 127 108 124
50 Watertown Town 37.92 32,073 127 108 124
51 Somerville 38.08 75,974 127 108 124
52 Cambridge 38.25 105,026 127 108 124
53 Newton 38.42 85,177 127 108 124

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