Life is expensive in Massachusetts. Between taxes, gas prices and everyday expenses, the cost of life can add up.

Residents in Massachusetts can confirm what Forbes magazine published earlier this year, the Bay State is one of the most expensive states to live in in the U.S. How expensive? Massachusetts is actually the third most expensive state to live in the entire country. The financial publication studied 11 different factors to determine the average cost of living in each state including tax rates, home value, cost of health care, transportation, groceries and of course the cost of utilities.

The cost of utilities sparked my interest. I'm definitely someone who leaves the lights on in basically every room in the house, I always have my tv or speakers going, in fact my front porch light is in 24 hours a day, 7 seven days a week. Should I have it on a timer? Sure. But I never feel like my electric bill is all the expensive. Which brings us to the question at hand.

What is the cost of the average Massachusetts residents electric bill?

According to Filterbuy, based on the monthly consumption and average price, the average monthly electric bill in Massachusetts in 2019 was $116.86. That's actually just a hair lower than the rest of New England, which saw an average monthly bill of $116.97, and just about five dollars higher than the national average of $111.67


LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

Gallery Credit: Sophia Crisafulli



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