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 (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Albion (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Jackson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Three Rivers (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Hillsdale (Photos | 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.

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

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In michigan
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.

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 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.

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 and M-66. Sturgis is just off the Michigan 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

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Springfield 19.67 5,250 89 83 95
2 Albion 20.42 8,638 89 83 95
3 Jackson 21.33 33,661 89 83 95
4 Three Rivers 22.0 7,792 89 83 95
5 Hillsdale 22.42 8,292 89 83 95
6 Coldwater 24.42 10,936 89 83 95
7 Sturgis 25.17 10,988 89 83 95
8 Battle Creek 25.92 52,327 89 83 95
9 Allegan 26.58 5,004 89 83 95
10 Hastings 27.92 7,360 89 83 95
11 Kalamazoo 27.92 74,494 89 83 95
12 Eaton Rapids 29.33 5,228 89 83 95
13 Charlotte 29.33 9,075 89 83 95
14 Marshall 29.83 7,094 89 83 95
15 Mason 31.92 8,203 89 83 95
16 Benton Harbor 32.83 10,113 95 101 94
17 Portage 36.5 46,425 89 83 95
18 Dowagiac 36.83 5,899 95 101 94
19 Niles 39.42 11,594 88 90 92
20 Muskegon Heights 54.25 10,923 101 94 95
21 Ironwood 54.83 5,366 93 95 109
22 Muskegon 56.0 38,061 101 94 95
23 Alpena 56.42 10,479 101 94 95
24 Alma 56.92 9,341 101 94 95
25 Belding 58.0 5,778 101 94 95
26 Ionia 59.42 11,602 101 94 95
27 Cadillac 60.75 10,345 101 94 95
28 Big Rapids 60.75 10,657 101 94 95
29 Greenville 60.75 8,465 101 94 95
30 Lansing 61.83 114,537 101 94 95
31 Ludington 63.08 8,081 101 94 95
32 Wyoming 64.92 72,408 101 94 95
33 Highland Park 65.5 11,971 96 90 99
34 Flint 65.92 103,263 96 90 99
35 River Rouge 65.92 7,951 96 90 99
36 Grand Rapids 66.08 189,340 101 94 95
37 Hamtramck 66.25 22,317 96 90 99
38 Saginaw 66.42 51,776 96 90 99
39 Grand Haven 66.75 10,541 101 94 95
40 Center Line 66.92 8,289 96 90 99
41 Mount Pleasant 67.5 26,092 101 94 95
42 Bay City 67.67 34,899 96 90 99
43 Holland 68.08 33,307 101 94 95
44 Zeeland 68.5 5,561 101 94 95
45 Ecorse 68.58 9,545 96 90 99
46 Detroit 68.58 721,459 96 90 99
47 Inkster 68.58 25,455 96 90 99
48 Norton Shores 69.0 23,934 101 94 95
49 Grand Ledge 69.0 7,805 101 94 95
50 Pontiac 70.0 60,105 96 90 99
51 Melvindale 70.0 10,637 96 90 99
52 Midland 70.25 42,024 101 94 95
53 Grandville 70.25 15,502 101 94 95
54 Kentwood 70.25 48,877 101 94 95
55 Hazel Park 70.42 16,579 96 90 99
56 Lincoln Park 70.42 37,998 96 90 99
57 Hudsonville 71.0 7,162 101 94 95
58 Rockford 71.0 5,710 101 94 95
59 Adrian 71.08 21,170 96 90 99
60 Mount Clemens 71.08 16,394 96 90 99
61 Owosso 71.08 15,139 96 90 99
62 Owosso 71.08 15,139 96 90 99
63 Wayne 71.67 17,562 96 90 99
64 Walker 71.92 23,600 101 94 95
65 Romulus 72.42 23,790 96 90 99
66 Burton 72.42 29,915 96 90 99
67 Port Huron 72.42 30,253 96 90 99
68 Roseville 73.17 47,427 96 90 99
69 Davison 73.5 5,181 96 90 99
70 Wyandotte 74.33 25,839 96 90 99
71 Taylor 74.33 62,916 96 90 99
72 Holly 74.33 6,099 96 90 99
73 Lapeer 74.33 8,899 96 90 99
74 East Lansing 74.42 48,449 101 94 95
75 Eastpointe 75.17 32,569 96 90 99
76 Madison Heights 75.17 29,854 96 90 99
77 Warren 75.83 134,550 96 90 99
78 Westland 75.83 83,770 96 90 99
79 Southgate 75.83 29,879 96 90 99
80 Harper Woods 75.83 14,136 96 90 99
81 East Grand Rapids 76.42 10,797 101 94 95
82 Flat Rock 76.58 9,773 96 90 99
83 Flushing 76.58 8,370 96 90 99
84 Tecumseh 77.33 8,523 96 90 99
85 Ferndale 77.33 20,062 96 90 99
86 Monroe 77.75 20,810 96 90 99
87 Garden City 77.75 27,639 96 90 99
88 Fenton 78.42 11,656 96 90 99
89 Swartz Creek 78.42 5,717 96 90 99
90 Dearborn Heights 78.42 57,454 96 90 99
91 Fraser 78.42 14,563 96 90 99
92 Riverview 79.17 12,451 96 90 99
93 Oak Park 79.75 29,523 96 90 99
94 Trenton 79.75 18,792 96 90 99
95 Allen Park 80.17 28,111 96 90 99
96 Marysville 80.67 9,933 96 90 99
97 Richmond 80.67 5,720 96 90 99
98 Woodhaven 81.25 12,800 96 90 99
99 Walled Lake 81.25 7,014 96 90 99
100 Ypsilanti 81.25 19,638 96 90 99
101 Howell 81.92 9,537 96 90 99
102 Dearborn 81.92 97,509 96 90 99
103 Auburn Hills 82.67 21,408 96 90 99
104 Southfield 82.67 72,280 96 90 99
105 Clawson 83.25 11,899 96 90 99
106 Grand Blanc 83.25 8,266 96 90 99
107 South Lyon 84.0 11,306 96 90 99
108 Milford 84.25 6,211 96 90 99
109 New Baltimore 84.5 11,884 96 90 99
110 Sterling Heights 84.5 129,887 96 90 99
111 Royal Oak 84.83 57,761 96 90 99
112 Farmington 84.83 10,405 96 90 99
113 Brighton 85.25 7,498 96 90 99
114 Livonia 85.25 96,632 96 90 99
115 Berkley 85.25 15,037 96 90 99
116 Wixom 85.67 13,544 96 90 99
117 Plymouth 86.33 9,070 96 90 99
118 Saline 86.33 8,845 96 90 99
119 Farmington Hills 86.58 80,131 96 90 99
120 Grosse Pointe Woods 86.75 16,061 96 90 99
121 Rochester Hills 86.92 71,251 96 90 99
122 Troy 87.17 81,307 96 90 99
123 Ann Arbor 87.17 114,725 96 90 99
124 Northville 87.42 5,996 96 90 99
125 Novi 87.58 55,319 96 90 99
126 Grosse Pointe Farms 87.83 9,433 96 90 99
127 Rochester 87.83 12,647 96 90 99
128 Grosse Pointe Park 88.25 11,523 96 90 99
129 Grosse Pointe 88.42 5,397 96 90 99
130 Huntington Woods 88.58 6,236 96 90 99
131 Beverly Hills 88.75 10,295 96 90 99
132 Birmingham 88.92 20,153 96 90 99
133 Menominee 106.58 8,603 97 91 107
134 Ishpeming 106.58 6,500 97 91 107
135 Iron Mountain 106.58 7,662 97 91 107
136 Kingsford 107.33 5,164 97 91 107
137 Escanaba 108.92 12,609 97 91 107
138 Manistee 113.5 6,254 97 91 107
139 Houghton 118.83 7,692 97 91 107
140 Marquette 123.67 21,383 97 91 107
141 Traverse City 125.33 14,702 97 91 107
142 Petoskey 125.58 5,710 97 91 107
143 Milan 137.17 5,731 111 101 113

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