East Lansing, MI Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2020-03-08
East Lansing's Overall Cost Of Living
Lower Than The National Average
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means East Lansing is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in East Lansing, MI?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, East Lansing has an overall cost of living index of 96 which is 1.0x lower than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Michigan, East Lansing has a cost of living index that's 1.1x higher than Michigan's index of 89.

The standard of living in East Lansing ranks as #2652 most affordable out of the 6522 places we measured in Michigan. By definition, that implies East Lansing ranks as the #3754 most expensive place in the Wolverine State.

East Lansing Cost Of Living Vs. Michigan

Living Expense East Lansing Michigan National Average
Overall 96 89 100
Services 95 95 100
Groceries 91 88 100
Health 96 94 100
Housing 95 74 100
Transportation 106 106 100
Utilities 99 99 100
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East Lansing Cost of Living Vs. MI

East Lansing, MI Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in Michigan, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

Median Home Value
Median Rent
Median Income
Statistic East Lansing Michigan United States
Median Home Value $186,700 $146,200 $204,900
Median Rent $944 $850 $1,023
Median Income $38,502 $54,938 $60,293
Home Value To Income 4.8x 2.7x 3.4x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.29x 0.19x 0.2x

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Cost Of Living In Cities Around East Lansing

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. East Lansing
Lansing, MI 116,699 83 0.9x
Holt, MI 25,536 87 0.9x
Waverly, MI 24,546 92 1.0x
Okemos, MI 23,912 99 1.0x
Haslett, MI 19,721 94 1.0x
Mason, MI 8,447 84 0.9x
St. Johns, MI 7,910 88 0.9x
Grand Ledge, MI 7,805 89 0.9x
Eaton Rapids, MI 5,216 80 0.8x

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