Massachusetts Affordable Communities to Rent

Legend for Rent/Income ratios
*Low Vacancy 28% or less 29-30% 31‑32% 33‑34% 35% or more

2021 Median Rent to Income by Communities in Massachusetts

We have organized the results by most affordable communities regardless of size. You can compare the cost of living along with availability of housing and employment in each community. Conditions may change in the economy and housing market of a local community since the census data we use is from the latest five year community survey from 2021. Use the information for ideas on where to look and investigate further for communities in Massachusetts that maybe of interest to you. We are showing you monthly figures for median rent to renters median household income.
*We do not display counties where the vacancy rate is below 1.5% or in very few cases where renter household income is not available.

2021 United States Median Rent

LocationMonthly RentHousehold IncomeRent / IncomeVacancy**2021 Unemployment
United States$1,163$3,71731.3%5.7%5.3%
Source: US Census Bureau - ACS 5 Yr 2021
**Bureau of Labor Statistics - Annual Unemployment Average for 2021

2021 Massachusetts Median Rent

LocationMonthly RentHousehold IncomeRent / IncomeVacancy**2021 Unemployment
Massachusetts$1,429$4,22033.9%3.3%5.7%
Source: US Census Bureau - ACS 5 Yr 2021
**Bureau of Labor Statistics - Annual Unemployment Average for 2021

Communities in Massachusetts

RankStateCountyPopulation Monthly RentHousehold
Income
Rent /
Income
Vacancy**2021
Unemployment
1MAMiddlesex1,623,411$1,815$6,00030.3%2.9%4.6%
2MABristol576,070$1,006$3,26930.8%3.1%6.5%
3MAWorcester856,858$1,142$3,56532.0%3.2%5.9%
4MANorfolk720,403$1,781$5,41032.9%3.3%5.1%
5MANantucket13,795$1,822$5,51233.1%8.2%7.7%
6MAFranklin71,085$1,010$3,05533.1%2.2%5.0%
7MABerkshire129,089$943$2,82933.3%4.3%6.7%
8MAHampshire161,810$1,152$3,37334.2%6.6%4.7%
9MAHampden466,265$975$2,69536.2%3.2%7.6%
10MAPlymouth527,602$1,406$3,76037.4%1.9%6.1%
11MASuffolk792,647$1,761$4,69037.5%3.9%6.0%
12MAEssex804,598$1,392$3,68837.7%2.5%6.4%
13MABarnstable227,942$1,408$3,64938.6%7.5%6.7%
14MADukes20,277$1,462$3,71339.4%1.9%6.5%
Source: US Census Bureau - ACS 5 Yr 2021
**Bureau of Labor Statistics - Annual Unemployment Average for 2021

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