Brighton 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.
IndexBrightonMichiganNational
Cost of living index9689100
IndexBrightonMichiganNational
Goods & Services index9695100
Groceries index9092100
Health care index9996100
Housing index9473100
Transportation index9897100
Utilities index105100100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Brighton, MI is displayed above. In Brighton, MI, the overall cost of living index is 96, which is 8% higher than the Michigan average and 4% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Brighton, MI, the city's goods and services are 1% higher than the Michigan average and 4% lower than the U.S. average.

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  • The cost of living in Brighton is 8% higher than the Michigan average.
  • The cost of living in Brighton is 4% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Brighton is 6% 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$80,693$6,724$1,883$2,421
Renters$36,528$3,044$852$1,096
The affordability of the housing market in Brighton, MI as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Brighton, MI homeowners, the median income is $80,693. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,883 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $36,528. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $852 used for their rent related monthly costs.

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 Brighton, 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

ItemBrightonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.10$14.5910.3%
Beauty Salon $48.30$34.6839.3%
Toothpaste $1.94$2.4721.6%
Shampoo $0.89$1.0212.9%
Movie $9.93$9.870.6%
Bowling $3.41$4.3922.4%

Groceries

ItemBrightonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.26$4.484.8%
Fried Chicken $1.19$1.4618.7%
Milk $1.97$2.3616.4%
Potatoes $2.74$3.0610.5%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $8.39$8.632.8%

Health Care

ItemBrightonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $81.50$99.7818.3%
Doctor $106.00$105.030.9%
Dentist $89.30$88.700.7%
Ibuprofen $8.22$9.4112.7%
Lipitor $309.77$298.503.8%

Housing

ItemBrightonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $165,000.00$175,700.006.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $927.72$1,081.0314.2%
Apartment Rent $860.00$920.006.5%

Transportation

ItemBrightonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.95$2.096.9%
Tire Balancing $50.92$45.2912.4%

Utilities

ItemBrightonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$178.99$170.804.8%
Phone $29.99$28.266.1%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Fowlerville, MI2,92988-12%
Howell, MI9,54389-11%
Whitmore Lake, MI6,38091-9%
South Lyon, MI11,51493-7%
Pinckney, MI2,59693-7%
Brighton, MI7,56296-4%

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Charles City, IA7,56280-20%
Schriever, LA7,56487-13%
Joshua Tree, CA7,56492-8%
Hillcrest, NY7,56613939%
Ojai, CA7,55816060%
Brighton, MI7,56296-4%
Source: The Brighton, MI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.