Detroit, MI Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2021-02-06
83
Detroit's Overall Cost Of Living
0.8x
Lower Than The National Average
40 out of 173
In Michigan
522 out of 6,399
In America
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Detroit is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Detroit, MI?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Detroit has an overall cost of living index of 83 which is 0.8x lower than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Michigan, Detroit has a cost of living index that's 0.9x lower than Michigan's index of 89.

The standard of living in Detroit ranks as #522 most affordable out of the 6,522 places we measured in Michigan. By definition, that implies Detroit ranks as the #5,884 most expensive place in the Wolverine State.

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Detroit Cost Of Living Vs. Michigan

Living Expense Detroit Michigan National Average
Overall 83 89 100
Services 104 95 100
Groceries 93 88 100
Health 93 94 100
Housing 39 74 100
Transportation 114 106 100
Utilities 94 99 100
For more reading on cost of living around Michigan, check out:
Detroit Cost of Living Vs. MI

Detroit, MI Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in Michigan, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

$49,200
Median Home Value
$824
Median Rent
$30,894
Median Income
Statistic Detroit Michigan United States
Median Home Value $49,200 $154,900 $217,500
Median Rent $824 $871 $1,062
Median Income $30,894 $57,144 $62,843
Home Value To Income 1.6x 2.7x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.32x 0.18x 0.2x

Detailed Detroit Services Costs Vs. Michigan

Item Detroit Michigan
Shampoo $0.94 $1.01
Movie $11.09 $10.72
Bowling $19.6 $13.86

Detailed Detroit Groceries Costs Vs. Michigan

Item Detroit Michigan
Ground Beef $3.92 $3.9
Fried Chicken $1.12 $1.4
Milk $1.27 $1.96

Detailed Detroit Health Costs Vs. Michigan

Item Detroit Michigan
Haircut $17.38 $17.49
Beauty Salon $52.83 $38.17
Toothpaste $1.97 $2.32

Detailed Detroit Transportation Costs Vs. Michigan

Item Detroit Michigan
Potatoes $3.1 $3.18
Pizza $10.49 $10.39
Beer $8.15 $9.23
Optometrist $83.25 $106.34
Doctor $100.0 $115.25
Dentist $93.78 $98.38

Detailed Detroit Utilities Costs Vs. Michigan

Item Detroit Michigan
Gasoline $2.9 $2.59
Tire Balancing $59.77 $48.9
All Electricity $152.8 $167.6
Phone $175.97 $163.42

Detroit SnackAbility

3
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
3/10
Housing
5
Affordability
7
Diversity
8
Safety
3
Amenities
10
Education
5
Commute
6

Cost Of Living In Cities Around Detroit

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Detroit
Dearborn, MI 94,701 93 1.1x
Livonia, MI 94,249 99 1.2x
Troy, MI 83,989 109 1.3x
Rochester Hills, MI 74,206 110 1.3x
Royal Oak, MI 59,195 100 1.2x
Oak Park, MI 29,726 90 1.1x
Hamtramck, MI 21,822 82 1.0x
Birmingham, MI 21,201 133 1.6x
Ferndale, MI 20,137 92 1.1x
Hazel Park, MI 16,525 85 1.0x

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