These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Michigan


We used science and data to determine which cities in Michigan that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Michigan does this very well. Families love the Wolverine State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Michigan that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state. After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Michigan:

  1. Birmingham (Photos)
  2. Beverly Hills (Photos)
  3. Huntington Woods (Photos)
  4. Grosse Pointe (Photos)
  5. Grosse Pointe Park (Photos)
  6. Rochester (Photos)
  7. Grosse Pointe Farms (Photos)
  8. Novi (Photos)
  9. Northville (Photos)
  10. East Grand Rapids (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Benton Harbor is the most affordable city in Michigan.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Michigan.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities 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 most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

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.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Birmingham, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Birmingham

Birmingham, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,382
Services Index: 96
Groceries Index: 90
Housing Index: 170
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 105

2. Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,368
Services Index: 96
Groceries Index: 90
Housing Index: 148
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 105

3. Huntington Woods

Huntington Woods, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,310
Services Index: 96
Groceries Index: 90
Housing Index: 146
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 105

4. Grosse Pointe

Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,350
Services Index: 96
Groceries Index: 90
Housing Index: 145
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 105

5. Grosse Pointe Park

Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,412
Services Index: 96
Groceries Index: 90
Housing Index: 134
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 105

6. Rochester

Rochester, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,872
Services Index: 96
Groceries Index: 90
Housing Index: 128
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 105

7. Grosse Pointe Farms

Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,371
Services Index: 96
Groceries Index: 90
Housing Index: 128
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 105

8. Novi

Novi, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,887
Services Index: 96
Groceries Index: 90
Housing Index: 127
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 105

9. Northville

Northville, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,001
Services Index: 96
Groceries Index: 90
Housing Index: 124
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 105

10. East Grand Rapids

East Grand Rapids, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,999
Services Index: 101
Groceries Index: 94
Housing Index: 133
Healthcare Index: 95
Transportation Index: 97
Utilities Index: 96

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Michigan that have the highest cost of living, with Birmingham ranking as the most exensive city in the Wolverine State.

If you’re curious, here are the most least expensive cities in Michigan:

  1. Benton Harbor
  2. Springfield
  3. Albion

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Michigan

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Birmingham 1 20,382 96 90 99 170 98 105
Beverly Hills 2 10,368 96 90 99 148 98 105
Huntington Woods 3 6,310 96 90 99 146 98 105
Grosse Pointe 4 5,350 96 90 99 145 98 105
Grosse Pointe Park 5 11,412 96 90 99 134 98 105
Rochester 6 12,872 96 90 99 128 98 105
Grosse Pointe Farms 7 9,371 96 90 99 128 98 105
Novi 8 56,887 96 90 99 127 98 105
Northville 9 6,001 96 90 99 124 98 105
East Grand Rapids 10 10,999 101 94 95 133 97 96
Ann Arbor 11 115,985 96 90 99 122 98 105
Troy 12 82,106 96 90 99 122 98 105
Rochester Hills 13 72,195 96 90 99 119 98 105
Grosse Pointe Woods 14 15,943 96 90 99 118 98 105
Farmington Hills 15 80,682 96 90 99 113 98 105
Milan 16 5,724 111 101 113 80 129 119
Petoskey 17 5,705 97 91 107 95 103 111
Traverse City 18 15,006 97 91 107 94 103 111
Plymouth 19 9,029 96 90 99 102 98 105
Saline 20 9,000 96 90 99 102 98 105
Wixom 21 13,640 96 90 99 94 98 105
Marquette 22 21,430 97 91 107 84 103 111
East Lansing 23 48,611 101 94 95 97 97 96
Livonia 24 95,888 96 90 99 92 98 105
Brighton 25 7,562 96 90 99 92 98 105
Berkley 26 15,136 96 90 99 92 98 105
Royal Oak 27 58,382 96 90 99 90 98 105
Farmington 28 10,472 96 90 99 90 98 105
Sterling Heights 29 130,604 96 90 99 88 98 105
New Baltimore 30 12,144 96 90 99 88 98 105
Milford 31 6,325 96 90 99 87 98 105
South Lyon 32 11,514 96 90 99 84 98 105
Grand Blanc 33 8,147 96 90 99 80 98 105
Clawson 34 11,943 96 90 99 80 98 105
Auburn Hills 35 21,639 96 90 99 79 98 105
Southfield 36 72,480 96 90 99 79 98 105
Walker 37 24,015 101 94 95 81 97 96
Houghton 38 7,897 97 91 107 71 103 111
Howell 39 9,543 96 90 99 77 98 105
Dearborn 40 96,739 96 90 99 77 98 105
Rockford 41 5,876 101 94 95 79 97 96
Hudsonville 42 7,217 101 94 95 79 97 96
Ypsilanti 43 19,844 96 90 99 75 98 105
Walled Lake 44 7,065 96 90 99 75 98 105
Woodhaven 45 12,747 96 90 99 75 98 105
Richmond 46 5,806 96 90 99 74 98 105
Marysville 47 9,842 96 90 99 74 98 105
Grandville 48 15,613 101 94 95 77 97 96
Midland 49 42,067 101 94 95 77 97 96
Allen Park 50 27,869 96 90 99 73 98 105
Kentwood 51 49,736 101 94 95 77 97 96
Oak Park 52 29,622 96 90 99 72 98 105
Portage 53 47,137 89 83 95 83 97 101
Trenton 54 18,635 96 90 99 72 98 105
Riverview 55 12,347 96 90 99 71 98 105
Norton Shores 56 23,941 101 94 95 74 97 96
Grand Ledge 57 7,779 101 94 95 74 97 96
Zeeland 58 5,566 101 94 95 73 97 96
Dearborn Heights 59 57,063 96 90 99 70 98 105
Swartz Creek 60 5,664 96 90 99 70 98 105
Fenton 61 11,601 96 90 99 70 98 105
Fraser 62 14,544 96 90 99 70 98 105
Garden City 63 27,356 96 90 99 69 98 105
Monroe 64 20,455 96 90 99 69 98 105
Holland 65 33,342 101 94 95 72 97 96
Mount Pleasant 66 26,095 101 94 95 71 97 96
Ferndale 67 20,102 96 90 99 68 98 105
Tecumseh 68 8,407 96 90 99 68 98 105
Grand Haven 69 10,687 101 94 95 70 97 96
Manistee 70 6,160 97 91 107 59 103 111
Flushing 71 8,252 96 90 99 66 98 105
Flat Rock 72 9,859 96 90 99 66 98 105
Grand Rapids 73 190,739 101 94 95 69 97 96
Warren 74 134,398 96 90 99 65 98 105
Westland 75 83,188 96 90 99 65 98 105
Harper Woods 76 14,058 96 90 99 65 98 105
Southgate 77 29,710 96 90 99 65 98 105
Madison Heights 78 30,028 96 90 99 62 98 105
Eastpointe 79 32,526 96 90 99 62 98 105
Wyoming 80 73,434 101 94 95 66 97 96
Lapeer 81 8,801 96 90 99 60 98 105
Wyandotte 82 25,470 96 90 99 60 98 105
Holly 83 6,142 96 90 99 60 98 105
Mason 84 8,266 89 83 95 71 97 101
Taylor 85 62,331 96 90 99 60 98 105
Davison 86 5,085 96 90 99 58 98 105
Ludington 87 8,061 101 94 95 61 97 96
Roseville 88 47,408 96 90 99 57 98 105
Marshall 89 7,054 89 83 95 67 97 101
Romulus 90 23,721 96 90 99 56 98 105
Port Huron 91 29,534 96 90 99 56 98 105
Burton 92 29,429 96 90 99 56 98 105
Charlotte 93 9,053 89 83 95 66 97 101
Escanaba 94 12,529 97 91 107 50 103 111
Wayne 95 17,314 96 90 99 55 98 105
Lansing 96 114,382 101 94 95 58 97 96
Eaton Rapids 97 5,221 89 83 95 66 97 101
Owosso 98 14,922 96 90 99 54 98 105
Owosso 99 14,922 96 90 99 54 98 105
Adrian 100 21,008 96 90 99 54 98 105

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