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Overall 21%
Goods & Services 13%
Housing 42%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2020 and was released from C2ER in January, 2021; 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.
IndexPaw PawMichiganNational
Cost of living7990100
Goods & Services8796100
Groceries7689100
Health care9495100
Housing5874100
Transportation97102100
Utilities99101100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Paw Paw is 11% lower than the Michigan average
  • The cost of living in Paw Paw is 21% lower than the national average
  • Paw Paw housing is 42% lower than the national average
  • Michigan general sales tax is 18% higher than the national average
  • Michigan state income tax is 72% 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$68,661$5,722$1,602$2,060
      Renters$26,458$2,205$617$794

      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

      ItemPaw PawNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $16.14$18.6213.3%
      Beauty Salon $19.00$39.0551.3%
      Toothpaste $2.03$2.3413.2%
      Shampoo $0.88$1.0617.0%
      Movie $8.95$10.6816.2%
      Bowling $16.39$14.6711.7%

      Groceries

      ItemPaw PawNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.83$4.229.3%
      Fried Chicken $1.10$1.3920.4%
      Milk $1.50$2.0526.6%
      Potatoes $2.73$3.2916.9%
      Pizza $9.99$10.626.0%
      Beer $8.21$9.3812.5%

      Health Care

      ItemPaw PawNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $63.31$108.5741.7%
      Doctor $102.79$116.1711.5%
      Dentist $98.94$99.130.2%
      Ibuprofen $8.49$9.6812.3%
      Lipitor $497.22$466.926.5%

      Housing

      ItemPaw PawNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $94,600.00$184,700.0048.8%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $637.63$1,197.4246.7%
      Apartment Rent $697.00$949.0026.6%

      Transportation

      ItemPaw PawNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.02$2.229.4%
      Tire Balancing $54.29$50.078.4%

      Utilities

      ItemPaw PawNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$167.02$167.670.4%
      Phone $178.81$175.641.8%
      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.
      Lawrence, MI98279-21%
      Breedsville, MI19475-25%
      Hartford, MI2,62480-20%
      Bangor, MI2,02780-20%
      Gobles, MI82376-24%
      Paw Paw, MI3,40879-21%

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      Canterwood, WA3,40914545%
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      Paw Paw, MI3,40879-21%
      Source: The Paw Paw, MI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2020.