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


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

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A wise sage once said:

‘She works hard for the money…’

And these places in Michigan definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in Michigan 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 Wolverine 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 143 largest places in Michigan, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

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

  1. Springfield (Homes For Sale)
  2. Albion (Homes For Sale)
  3. Jackson (Homes For Sale)
  4. Three Rivers (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Hillsdale (Homes For Sale)
  6. Coldwater (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Sturgis (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Battle Creek (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Allegan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Hastings (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Milan (the most expensive place in Michigan) 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 the best places to live in Michigan or the most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Wolverine State For 2018

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 Michigan 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 143 places in Michigan 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.

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1. Springfield

Springfield, Michigan

Population: 5,250
Services: 89
Groceries: 83
Health Care: 95
Housing: 46
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 101
More on Springfield: Homes For Sale | Data

2. Albion

Albion, Michigan

Population: 8,638
Services: 89
Groceries: 83
Health Care: 95
Housing: 47
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 101
More on Albion: Homes For Sale | Data
Albion is a city in Calhoun County in the south central region of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 8,616 at the 2010 census and is part of the Battle Creek Metropolitan Statistical Area. From the time that the earliest English-speaking settlers arrived, the area has also been known as The Forks, because it is situated at the confluence of the north and south branches of the Kalamazoo River. The Festival of the Forks has been held annually since 1967 to celebrate Albion’s ethnic heritage.

3. Jackson

Jackson, Michigan

Population: 33,661
Services: 89
Groceries: 83
Health Care: 95
Housing: 49
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 101
More on Jackson: Homes For Sale | Data
Jackson is a city in the south central area of the U.S. state of Michigan, about 40 miles (64 km) west of Ann Arbor and 35 miles (56 km) south of Lansing. It is the county seat of Jackson County. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 33,534, down from 36,316 at the 2000 census. Served by Interstate 94, it is the principal city of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Jackson County and has a population of 160,248.

4. Three Rivers

Three Rivers, Michigan

Population: 7,792
Services: 89
Groceries: 83
Health Care: 95
Housing: 50
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 101
More on Three Rivers: Homes For Sale | Data

5. Hillsdale

Hillsdale, Michigan

Source: Public domain

Population: 8,292
Services: 89
Groceries: 83
Health Care: 95
Housing: 51
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 101
More on Hillsdale: Homes For Sale | Data
Hillsdale is a city in the state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,305. It is the county seat of Hillsdale County. The city is the home of Hillsdale College, a private liberal arts college noted for its academics and its influence in politics and education.

6. Coldwater

Coldwater, Michigan

Source: Public domain

Population: 10,936
Services: 89
Groceries: 83
Health Care: 95
Housing: 55
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 101
More on Coldwater: Homes For Sale | Data
Coldwater is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 10,945. It is the county seat of Branch County, located in the center of the southern border of Michigan.

7. Sturgis

Sturgis, Michigan

Source: Public domain

Population: 10,988
Services: 89
Groceries: 83
Health Care: 95
Housing: 56
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 101
More on Sturgis: Homes For Sale | Data
Sturgis is a city in St. Joseph County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 10,994 at the 2010 census. The city is located at the northeast corner of Sturgis Township and at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 (US 12) and M-66. Sturgis is just off the Michigan / Indiana border and the I-80/90 Indiana Toll Road.

8. Battle Creek

Battle Creek, Michigan

Population: 52,327
Services: 89
Groceries: 83
Health Care: 95
Housing: 57
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 101
More on Battle Creek: Homes For Sale | Data

9. Allegan

Allegan, Michigan

Population: 5,004
Services: 89
Groceries: 83
Health Care: 95
Housing: 59
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 101
More on Allegan: Homes For Sale | Data
Allegan is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 4,998 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Allegan County. The city lies within Allegan Township, but is administratively autonomous.

10. Hastings

Hastings, Michigan

Population: 7,360
Services: 89
Groceries: 83
Health Care: 95
Housing: 62
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 101
More on Hastings: Homes For Sale | Data
Hastings is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, the county seat of Barry County as well as the county’s only city. The population was 7,350 at the 2010 census. The city borders Hastings Charter Township on the north, east, and south, and Rutland Charter Township on the west.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Michigan, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Michigan

City Rank Population Services Groceries Health Care
Springfield 1 5,250 89 83 95
Albion 2 8,638 89 83 95
Jackson 3 33,661 89 83 95
Three Rivers 4 7,792 89 83 95
Hillsdale 5 8,292 89 83 95
Coldwater 6 10,936 89 83 95
Sturgis 7 10,988 89 83 95
Battle Creek 8 52,327 89 83 95
Allegan 9 5,004 89 83 95
Hastings 10 7,360 89 83 95
Kalamazoo 11 74,494 89 83 95
Eaton Rapids 12 5,228 89 83 95
Charlotte 13 9,075 89 83 95
Marshall 14 7,094 89 83 95
Mason 15 8,203 89 83 95
Benton Harbor 16 10,113 95 101 94
Portage 17 46,425 89 83 95
Dowagiac 18 5,899 95 101 94
Niles 19 11,594 88 90 92
Muskegon Heights 20 10,923 101 94 95
Ironwood 21 5,366 93 95 109
Muskegon 22 38,061 101 94 95
Alpena 23 10,479 101 94 95
Alma 24 9,341 101 94 95
Belding 25 5,778 101 94 95
Ionia 26 11,602 101 94 95
Cadillac 27 10,345 101 94 95
Big Rapids 28 10,657 101 94 95
Greenville 29 8,465 101 94 95
Lansing 30 114,537 101 94 95
Ludington 31 8,081 101 94 95
Wyoming 32 72,408 101 94 95
Highland Park 33 11,971 96 90 99
Flint 34 103,263 96 90 99
River Rouge 35 7,951 96 90 99
Grand Rapids 36 189,340 101 94 95
Hamtramck 37 22,317 96 90 99
Saginaw 38 51,776 96 90 99
Grand Haven 39 10,541 101 94 95
Center Line 40 8,289 96 90 99
Mount Pleasant 41 26,092 101 94 95
Bay City 42 34,899 96 90 99
Holland 43 33,307 101 94 95
Zeeland 44 5,561 101 94 95
Ecorse 45 9,545 96 90 99
Detroit 46 721,459 96 90 99
Inkster 47 25,455 96 90 99
Norton Shores 48 23,934 101 94 95
Grand Ledge 49 7,805 101 94 95
Pontiac 50 60,105 96 90 99
Melvindale 51 10,637 96 90 99
Midland 52 42,024 101 94 95
Grandville 53 15,502 101 94 95
Kentwood 54 48,877 101 94 95
Hazel Park 55 16,579 96 90 99
Lincoln Park 56 37,998 96 90 99
Hudsonville 57 7,162 101 94 95
Rockford 58 5,710 101 94 95
Adrian 59 21,170 96 90 99
Mount Clemens 60 16,394 96 90 99
Owosso 61 15,139 96 90 99
Owosso 62 15,139 96 90 99
Wayne 63 17,562 96 90 99
Walker 64 23,600 101 94 95
Romulus 65 23,790 96 90 99
Burton 66 29,915 96 90 99
Port Huron 67 30,253 96 90 99
Roseville 68 47,427 96 90 99
Davison 69 5,181 96 90 99
Wyandotte 70 25,839 96 90 99
Taylor 71 62,916 96 90 99
Holly 72 6,099 96 90 99
Lapeer 73 8,899 96 90 99
East Lansing 74 48,449 101 94 95
Eastpointe 75 32,569 96 90 99
Madison Heights 76 29,854 96 90 99
Warren 77 134,550 96 90 99
Westland 78 83,770 96 90 99
Southgate 79 29,879 96 90 99
Harper Woods 80 14,136 96 90 99
East Grand Rapids 81 10,797 101 94 95
Flat Rock 82 9,773 96 90 99
Flushing 83 8,370 96 90 99
Tecumseh 84 8,523 96 90 99
Ferndale 85 20,062 96 90 99
Monroe 86 20,810 96 90 99
Garden City 87 27,639 96 90 99
Fenton 88 11,656 96 90 99
Swartz Creek 89 5,717 96 90 99
Dearborn Heights 90 57,454 96 90 99
Fraser 91 14,563 96 90 99
Riverview 92 12,451 96 90 99
Oak Park 93 29,523 96 90 99
Trenton 94 18,792 96 90 99
Allen Park 95 28,111 96 90 99
Marysville 96 9,933 96 90 99
Richmond 97 5,720 96 90 99
Woodhaven 98 12,800 96 90 99
Walled Lake 99 7,014 96 90 99
Ypsilanti 100 19,638 96 90 99
Howell 101 9,537 96 90 99
Dearborn 102 97,509 96 90 99
Auburn Hills 103 21,408 96 90 99
Southfield 104 72,280 96 90 99
Clawson 105 11,899 96 90 99
Grand Blanc 106 8,266 96 90 99
South Lyon 107 11,306 96 90 99
Milford 108 6,211 96 90 99
New Baltimore 109 11,884 96 90 99
Sterling Heights 110 129,887 96 90 99
Royal Oak 111 57,761 96 90 99
Farmington 112 10,405 96 90 99
Brighton 113 7,498 96 90 99
Livonia 114 96,632 96 90 99
Berkley 115 15,037 96 90 99
Wixom 116 13,544 96 90 99
Plymouth 117 9,070 96 90 99
Saline 118 8,845 96 90 99
Farmington Hills 119 80,131 96 90 99
Grosse Pointe Woods 120 16,061 96 90 99
Rochester Hills 121 71,251 96 90 99
Troy 122 81,307 96 90 99
Ann Arbor 123 114,725 96 90 99
Northville 124 5,996 96 90 99
Novi 125 55,319 96 90 99
Grosse Pointe Farms 126 9,433 96 90 99
Rochester 127 12,647 96 90 99
Grosse Pointe Park 128 11,523 96 90 99
Grosse Pointe 129 5,397 96 90 99
Huntington Woods 130 6,236 96 90 99
Beverly Hills 131 10,295 96 90 99
Birmingham 132 20,153 96 90 99
Menominee 133 8,603 97 91 107
Ishpeming 134 6,500 97 91 107
Iron Mountain 135 7,662 97 91 107
Kingsford 136 5,164 97 91 107
Escanaba 137 12,609 97 91 107
Manistee 138 6,254 97 91 107
Houghton 139 7,692 97 91 107
Marquette 140 21,383 97 91 107
Traverse City 141 14,702 97 91 107
Petoskey 142 5,710 97 91 107
Milan 143 5,731 111 101 113

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