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 for 2019.
So where is the most expensive place to live in Michigan? That would be East Lansing.
So hopefully Ishpeming (the cheapest place to live in Michigan) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.
And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out some more reading about Michigan and the most expensive cities in the country:
The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Michigan For 2019
East Lansing is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan directly east of Lansing, the state capital. Most of the city is within Ingham County, with the rest in Clinton County. The population was 48,579 at the 2010 census, an increase from 46,420 in 2000. It is best known as the home of Michigan State University.
The median income in East Lansing comes in at $37,433 and the median home value is $181,100 for 2019.
Houghton is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and largest city in the Copper Country on the Keweenaw Peninsula. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,708. It is the county seat of Houghton County. It has been listed as one of the “100 Best Small Towns in America.”
The median income in Houghton comes in at $28,418 and the median home value is $141,900 for 2019.
Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Washtenaw County. The 2010 census recorded its population to be 113,934, making it the sixth largest city in Michigan.
The median income in Ann Arbor comes in at $61,247 and the median home value is $271,600 for 2019.
Ypsilanti, commonly shortened to Ypsi, is a city in Washtenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan, perhaps best known as the home of Eastern Michigan University. As of the 2017 census, the city’s population was 21,018. The city is bounded to the north by Superior Township and on the west, south, and east by Ypsilanti Township. Ypsilanti is located 6 miles east of Ann Arbor and about 18 miles west of the Detroit city limits.
The median income in Ypsilanti comes in at $35,896 and the median home value is $136,700 for 2019.
Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. The population was 21,355 at the 2010 census, making it the largest city of the state’s Upper Peninsula. Marquette is a major port on Lake Superior, known primarily for shipping iron ore, and is the home of Northern Michigan University. In 2012, Marquette was listed among the 10 best places to retire in the U.S. by CBS MoneyWatch.
The median income in Marquette comes in at $38,998 and the median home value is $172,900 for 2019.
Mount Pleasant is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Isabella County, located in Central Michigan. The population was 26,016 at the 2010 census.
The median income in Mount Pleasant comes in at $34,316 and the median home value is $131,900 for 2019.
Petoskey is a city and coastal resort community in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 5,670 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Emmet County.
The median income in Petoskey comes in at $37,639 and the median home value is $178,900 for 2019.
Traverse City is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the county seat of Grand Traverse County, although a small portion extends into Leelanau County. It is the largest city in the 21-county Northern Michigan region. The population was 14,674 at the 2010 census, with 143,372 in the Traverse City micropolitan area.
The median income in Traverse City comes in at $53,237 and the median home value is $216,800 for 2019.
Howell is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 9,489. It is the county seat of Livingston County and is located mostly within Howell Township, but is politically independent from Howell Township. The city is part of the South Lyon-Howell-Brighton Urban Area.
The median income in Howell comes in at $47,252 and the median home value is $157,600 for 2019.
Brighton is a suburb in metro Detroit located in the southeast portion of Livingston County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,444. Brighton forms part of the South Lyon-Howell-Brighton Urban Area. It is one of two incorporated cities in Livingston County, and incorporates land that was once part of Brighton, Green Oak and Genoa townships.
The median income in Brighton comes in at $55,530 and the median home value is $185,500 for 2019.
How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Wolverine State For 2019
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:
- How much do money do I make?
- How much do I have spend to live there?
You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.
For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.
With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:
- Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
- Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
- Median Home Price
We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).
You can then compare these metrics in each of the places in Michigan to figure out which is the most expensive.
What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.
So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 148 places in Michigan that have more than 5,000 people.
The place with the highest cost of living in Michigan according to the data is East Lansing.
Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In Michigan For 2019
Well there you have it, the places in Michigan that have the highest cost of living, with East Lansing ranking as the most expensive city in the Wolverine State.
Here’s a look at the most affordable cities in Michigan according to the data:
- Iron Mountain
- Center Line
For more Michigan reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Michigan
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Michigan
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Michigan
Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Michigan
|34||Grosse Pointe Park||57.67|
|48||East Grand Rapids||64.17|
|57||Grosse Pointe Woods||69.0|
|71||Grosse Pointe Farms||75.0|
|90||St. Clair Shores||83.0|
|96||Sault Ste. Marie||86.0|