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Places With The Lowest Cost Of Living In Michigan 2020

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score59
  • Albion, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,293
66
  • Springfield, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,218
63
  • Jackson, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 33,165
  • awesome if you like to live in the country and be close to a city. Very quiet and safe :0). I enjoyed being able to leave my windows open at night in the summertime and not worry about my safety. the…[read more]
77
  • Hillsdale, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,203
61
  • Three Rivers, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,743
68
  • Coldwater, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,834
  • It's always shocking to find a place like Coldwater, Michigan that has absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever. After living in Coldwater for just over a year I moved on. It was simply too…[read more]
64
  • Battle Creek, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 51,763
  • After 3 years living in battle creek, I have less faith in society. I have never met so many mean, stand offfish and toxic people. They even leave trails of stink that can cloud an entire ran down…[read more]
75
  • Ironwood, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,089
51
  • Muskegon Heights, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,792
  • I lived in Muskegon Heights, MI for a short time and it has an excellent cost of living and is conveniently located near state parks, restaurants, Muskegon Community College, and Muskegon County Airport.…[read more]
41
  • Benton Harbor, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,988
72
  • Menominee, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,378
  • Very family friendly community with great history in the area. Plenty to do if you are a fan of being outdoors in nature. There's plenty of parks around. It is very affordable living here…[read more]
69
  • Eastwood, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,713
73
  • Ishpeming, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,509
  • I grew up here and intend to move at some point. Ishpeming has got issues with drugs and property crimes, there's not much to do, the weather is horrendous, and while some people here are nice, about 80%…[read more]
68
  • Allegan, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,051
67
  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 75,885
  • kalamazoo is nothing like it was before i can not wait to get out of here. the schools are not like they were before they just want to push your child/children through no matter what. the schools says…[read more]
69
  • Escanaba, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,455
  • i live here and i do not know how this place got an A in amenites there is none the jobs are none exsited you have it right on the weather for a F SCORE i hate it here and plane to move away in about a…[read more]
88
  • Iron Mountain, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,535
72
  • Eaton Rapids, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,212
61
  • Highland Park, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,978
  • Highland is a small suburban town with an average of 10,200 residents. What I love about residing here are the arts and cultural centers, cost of housing and professional sports tournaments. The airline…[read more]
50
  • Flint, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 98,918
  • The place is POLLUTED due to COrruption by its Governor & The Federal Government that was run by the KENYAN who had the nerve to say the water is SAFE to drink. he was LYING. So if he water is…[read more]
72
  • Sault Ste. Marie, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,941
  • Some cities tend to attract one sort of crowd or the other, but Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan really does have something for everyone to see, do, and enjoy. I have lived here for 11 years and I feel that…[read more]
72
  • Charlotte, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,043
62
  • Dowagiac, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,863
66
  • Muskegon, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 38,086
  • The best thing about living in Muskegon, MI is the beach. Hoffmaster State Park is beautiful especially during the sunset. It's not as crowded as most beaches because Muskegon is a small town. It's a…[read more]
51
  • Beecher, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,975
80
  • Marshall, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,046
86
  • Kingsford, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,086
74
  • Manistee, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,100
55
  • Saginaw, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 49,892
  • I live in a beautiful neigjborhood in saginaw township surrounded by very nice homes & new builds. I DO drive my kids to a better school district everyday, but my neighborhood is not the same as inner…[read more]
72
  • St. Louis, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,302
63
  • Alpena, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,213
  • Nothing to do for the youth and the old. School system is horrible and choose a child bully out. We seem to keep losing business hardly grow and I want out of this miserable place. Traffic is wild and…[read more]
57
  • River Rouge, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,609
70
  • Belding, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,766
54
  • Ecorse, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,270
  • Ecorse has been a city with concerns about losing citizens and revitalizing what is already there. Recently our Emergency Financial Manager announced that finally Ecorse has a balanced budget for the…[read more]
57
  • Hamtramck, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,985
  • Hamtramck, Michigan is located just northwest of Detroit. The city is often known by locals as being a sketchier part of town with crime never quite having gone down, especially in recent years. The city…[read more]
48
  • Buena Vista, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,462
73
  • Alma, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,222
53
  • Detroit, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 683,443
  • So I am born and raised in Detroit, been here all of my life. But it is no longer the cool city it once was. With bad Mayors, bad leaders in general, bad economy, and the recessions, Detroit has suffered…[read more]
63
  • Cadillac, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,380
  • We have recently moved to Cadillac from SW MI. We bought our retirement home on the outskirts of town in a lovely neighborhood off HWY 55. Although we're new full time residents, we've spent our summer…[read more]
78
  • Big Rapids, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,495
  • I moved to this city to join my graduate school four years ago. After this year, I can confidently declare that this is just a home away from home. I have found my new friends in schools who are so…[read more]
82
  • Westwood, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,604
55
  • Inkster, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,738
  • Inkster is a suburb right outside of Detroit that I was glad to leave. The town itself and the surrounding area has very little in the way of good opportunities when it comes to work, school and…[read more]
65
  • Ionia, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,396
  • After living in Ionia, MI for just over 6 years now, I am really not certain as to whether I would recommend it to anyone looking for a new place to settle down and call home. Several years ago I would…[read more]
66
  • Lansing, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 114,773
  • I moved to the Lansing, MI area for work about 8 months ago from another part of Michigan. Lansing is a pretty typical Mid-Western town that's seen economic trouble recently. It still has it's share of…[read more]
61
  • Center Line, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,313
  • I came to this library to search the internet while here to do business now I live in Lexington KY and the library is the same as here but here if you are a visitor you have to pay a dollar to use the…[read more]
81
  • Mason, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,334
66
  • Greenville, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,429
64
  • Bay City, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 34,110
  • Bay City has seen better days the bad, decent, livable employment opportunities are scare to the point where it's not uncommon for people to commute to Saginaw or Midland for work (me being one of them).…[read more]
52
  • Pontiac, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 59,920
  • As a native Michigander, I know a lot about each city in our great state. I also know that Pontiac is not a very safe city to reside in or visit. I have visited Pontiac multiple times for business…[read more]
73
  • Comstock Northwest, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,728

Finding an affordable place to live in Michigan is not always an easy task. While housing prices continue to rebound and general goods and services continue to rise, it feels like affordable living could be a thing of the past. Luckily, there are still some cities in Michigan that qualify as affordable. Using science and data, AreaVibes has compiled a list of the most affordable places to live in Michigan. These cities have the lowest cost of living in all of Michigan.

Listed above are the most affordable places to live in Michigan with a population of more than 5,000 people. To calculate the most affordable cities in Michigan, the cost of living index for each city was calculated, then compared to the national average of 100. The cost of living index takes into account the following categories: goods and services, groceries, health care, housing, transportation and utilities.

To customize your list of affordable places to live in Michigan, you can adjust the filters to meet your needs. This will allow you to select the city size (population) as well as what other categories (amenities, crime, education, employment, housing and weather) might be important to you. Finally, you are also able to select your home or rental price range to ensure that the cities on your list fit your budget.