B+
Overall 17%
Goods & Services 4%
Housing 59%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2019 and was released from C2ER in January, 2020; this is the most current data available.
The cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. For example, if the cost of living is 90, then it is 10% lower than average. If the cost of living is 110, then it is 10% higher than average. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods & services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexInksterMichiganNational
Cost of living8389100
Goods & Services10495100
Groceries9388100
Health care9394100
Housing4174100
Transportation114106100
Utilities9499100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Inkster is 7% lower than the Michigan average
  • The cost of living in Inkster is 17% lower than the national average
  • Inkster housing is 59% 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$45,115$3,760$1,053$1,354
      Renters$20,354$1,696$475$611
      A good indicator of the general affordability of housing in Inkster, MI, is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Inkster, the median monthly income is $45,115 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,053 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $20,354, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $475 on monthly rental expenses.

      Michigan Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Michigan6%6%

      Michigan Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Michigan4.25%4.25%

      Goods & Services

      ItemInksterNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $17.38$17.490.6%
      Beauty Salon $52.83$38.1738.4%
      Toothpaste $1.97$2.3215.1%
      Shampoo $0.94$1.017.1%
      Movie $11.09$10.723.4%
      Bowling $19.60$13.8641.4%

      Groceries

      ItemInksterNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.92$3.900.5%
      Fried Chicken $1.12$1.4019.8%
      Milk $1.27$1.9635.3%
      Potatoes $3.10$3.182.6%
      Pizza $10.49$10.390.9%
      Beer $8.15$9.2311.7%

      Health Care

      ItemInksterNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $83.25$106.3421.7%
      Doctor $100.00$115.2513.2%
      Dentist $93.78$98.384.7%
      Ibuprofen $8.31$9.2610.3%
      Lipitor $488.12$466.474.6%

      Housing

      ItemInksterNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $45,000.00$184,700.0075.6%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,257.59$1,273.321.2%
      Apartment Rent $757.00$949.0020.2%

      Transportation

      ItemInksterNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.90$2.5911.9%
      Tire Balancing $59.77$48.9022.2%

      Utilities

      ItemInksterNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$152.80$167.608.8%
      Phone $175.97$163.427.7%
      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, MI10,97880-20%
      River Rouge, MI7,60982-18%
      Ecorse, MI9,27082-18%
      Hamtramck, MI21,98582-18%
      Detroit, MI683,44383-17%
      Inkster, MI24,73883-17%

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      Source: The Inkster, MI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.