Auburn Hills cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexAuburn HillsMichiganNational
Cost of living index9689100
IndexAuburn HillsMichiganNational
Goods & Services index10994100
Groceries index10194100
Health care index111100100
Housing index7673100
Transportation index103101100
Utilities index9496100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Auburn Hills, MI cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Auburn Hills, MI is 96, which is 8% higher than the Michigan average and 4% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Auburn Hills, MI are 15% higher than the Michigan average and 9% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Auburn Hills is 8% higher than the Michigan average.
  • The cost of living in Auburn Hills is 4% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Auburn Hills is 24% lower than the national average.
  • Michigan general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average.
  • Michigan state income tax is 91% higher than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$61,869$5,156$1,444$1,856
Renters$44,235$3,686$1,032$1,327
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Auburn Hills, MI, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Auburn Hills, MI has a median income of about $61,869 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,444 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $44,235. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,032 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Michigan Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Michigan6%6%

Michigan Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Michigan4.25%4.25%
The Michigan sales tax and Michigan income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Auburn Hills, MI. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Michigan sales tax is 6% and the maximum surtax is 6%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Michigan income tax rates range from 4.25% to 4.25%.

Goods & Services

ItemAuburn HillsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.34$15.5617.9%
Beauty Salon $41.74$36.1115.6%
Toothpaste $2.96$2.4719.7%
Shampoo $0.73$0.9624.0%
Movie $11.00$10.138.6%
Bowling $3.58$4.7424.4%

Groceries

ItemAuburn HillsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.51$3.9813.2%
Fried Chicken $2.02$1.4143.3%
Milk $1.93$2.066.3%
Potatoes $3.31$2.9811.0%
Pizza $9.65$9.471.9%
Beer $7.81$8.7911.2%

Health Care

ItemAuburn HillsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $84.26$101.0416.6%
Doctor $139.39$107.4429.7%
Dentist $100.94$90.4211.6%
Ibuprofen $8.20$9.2811.7%
Lipitor $439.61$426.503.1%

Housing

ItemAuburn HillsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $113,600.00$175,700.0035.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,166.18$1,133.232.9%
Apartment Rent $939.00$920.002.1%

Transportation

ItemAuburn HillsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.94$1.992.7%
Tire Balancing $53.61$45.7617.2%

Utilities

ItemAuburn HillsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$182.66$163.8111.5%
Phone $20.00$28.3929.5%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

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Center Line, MI8,27985-15%
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Hazel Park, MI16,53288-12%
Madison Heights, MI30,02890-10%
Warren, MI134,39892-8%
Auburn Hills, MI21,63996-4%

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Source: The Auburn Hills, MI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.