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:
- North Adams
- Greenfield Town
- Palmer Town
- West Springfield Town
So listen up Newton as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.
How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Bay State
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.
1. North Adams
Population: 13,725 Services: 94
Population: 44,542 Services: 94
Population: 20,250 Services: 117
4. Greenfield Town
Population: 17,543 Services: 94
Population: 153,278 Services: 121
Population: 40,314 Services: 117
Population: 55,326 Services: 121
Population: 39,996 Services: 121
9. Palmer Town
Population: 12,159 Services: 121
10. West Springfield Town
Population: 28,411 Services: 121
Detailed List Of Affordable Places In Massachusetts
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