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.
- Springfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Albion (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Jackson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Three Rivers (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hillsdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Coldwater (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sturgis (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Battle Creek (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Allegan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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 some more reading about Michigan and the cheapest places in the country:
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:
- Health Insurance
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.
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.
Jackson is a city in the south central area of the U.S. state of Michigan, about 40 miles west of Ann Arbor and 35 miles 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.
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.
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.
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 and M-66. Sturgis is just off the Michigan 90 Indiana Toll Road.
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.
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. Michigan 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.
Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Michigan according to the data:
- Traverse City
For more Michigan reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Michigan
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Michigan For 2018
- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Michigan
Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Michigan
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