Melvindale 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.
IndexMelvindaleMichiganNational
Cost of living index8289100
IndexMelvindaleMichiganNational
Goods & Services index9695100
Groceries index9092100
Health care index9996100
Housing index4773100
Transportation index9897100
Utilities index105100100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Melvindale, MI. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Melvindale, MI being 82, that puts it 8% lower than the average of Michigan and 18% lower than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Melvindale, MI, the price of goods and services are 1% higher than the average of Michigan as well as 4% lower than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Melvindale is 8% lower than the Michigan average.
  • The cost of living in Melvindale is 18% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Melvindale is 53% 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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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Melvindale, MI to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Melvindale, MI, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Melvindale, MI salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$42,095$3,508$982$1,263
Renters$23,384$1,949$546$702
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 Melvindale, 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. Melvindale, MI has a median income of about $42,095 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $982 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $23,384. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $546 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%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Melvindale, MI you will want to make sure you consider both the Michigan sales tax and the Michigan income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Michigan is 6%, with the highest surtax being 6%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Michigan have a range from 4.25% to 4.25%.

Goods & Services

ItemMelvindaleNational 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

ItemMelvindaleNational 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

ItemMelvindaleNational 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

ItemMelvindaleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $54,300.00$175,700.0069.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $927.72$1,081.0314.2%
Apartment Rent $786.00$920.0014.6%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemMelvindaleNational 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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Highland Park, MI10,95178-22%
Hamtramck, MI22,25678-22%
River Rouge, MI7,76179-21%
Ecorse, MI9,40179-21%
Center Line, MI8,27980-20%
Melvindale, MI10,58482-18%

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Source: The Melvindale, MI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.