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Places With The Lowest Cost Of Living In Michigan 2018

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  • Albion, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,293
60
  • Springfield, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,218
55
  • 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
72
  • Hillsdale, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,203
66
  • Three Rivers, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,743
70
  • 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
49
  • Benton Harbor, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,988
59
  • Battle Creek, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 51,763
  • I moved to Battle Creek in 1990 with my parents. I was 10 years old, and my dad had moved for a new engineering job at a power plant. It was challenging to move to a new city where I didn't know
68
  • Ironwood, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,089
66
  • Eastwood, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,713
49
  • 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
69
  • Allegan, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,051
59
  • Dowagiac, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,863
50
  • Flint, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 98,918
  • Don't go. Bad place. I swear to fu*k. you will die. Don't go. Ignore the fella giving it 4 stars. He's probably a serial
60
  • 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
48
  • 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.
50
  • Beecher, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,975
68
  • Eaton Rapids, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,212
53
  • 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
48
  • River Rouge, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,609
69
  • Charlotte, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,043
73
  • Marshall, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,046
50
  • 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
54
  • 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
49
  • Buena Vista, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,462
65
  • Menominee, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,378
50
  • 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
70
  • 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%
63
  • Niles, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,379
  • The fact that I have been living in Niles, Michigan for 14 solid years now and can give the place no more than a 5-star rating on a scale of 1 to 10 pretty much says it all. It is absolutely depressing
51
  • 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
67
  • 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
65
  • 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
57
  • 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
71
  • Iron Mountain, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,535
63
  • Bay City, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 34,110
  • I lived in Bay City for the first 20 years of my life. There is almost always something to do here, especially in the summertime. The summer is pretty much full of festivities down by the river. The Pig
68
  • St. Louis, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,302
75
  • Westwood, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,604
50
  • 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
66
  • Alpena, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,213
  • I call Alpena, Michigan home and absolutely love living in Alpena, Michigan. This place is located on Lake Huron in an area known as Thunder Bay. The best areas in Alpena, Michigan include areas located
67
  • 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
65
  • Belding, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,766
77
  • Mason, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,334
62
  • Fair Plain, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,465
75
  • Kingsford, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,086
69
  • Alma, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,222
66
  • Manistee, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,100
64
  • Melvindale, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,437
  • It's a sad day when you have to admit that the best thing about the town you live in is the nearby entertainment. When there's nothing to recommend an entire town, well, one might want to think twice
58
  • Wayne, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,143
  • Wayne, Michigan is a western suburb of Detroit located between Canton and Inkster. It was once a more bustling and vibrant town full of promise. However, Wayne took a direct hit when the auto industry in
67
  • Cadillac, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,380
  • What can I say? I wouldn't recommend Cadillac, Michigan to my worst enemy as a place to live or even to visit briefly. After living in Cadillac for two years I had to get out while I still could. The
57
  • Bridgeport, MI
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,551

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.