Overall 17%
Goods & Services 6%
Housing 64%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2021 and was released from C2ER in January, 2022; 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.
IndexRiver RougeMichiganNational
Cost of living8389100
Goods & Services10694100
Health care9695100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in River Rouge is 6% lower than the Michigan average
  • The cost of living in River Rouge is 17% lower than the national average
  • River Rouge housing is 64% 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

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      A good indicator of the general affordability of housing in River Rouge, 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 River Rouge, the median monthly income is $39,419 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $920 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $12,992, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $303 on monthly rental expenses.

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      Goods & Services

      ItemRiver RougeNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $19.53$20.273.6%
      Beauty Salon $54.83$40.3935.7%
      Toothpaste $2.86$2.3621.1%
      Shampoo $0.96$1.0810.8%
      Movie $10.98$10.990.0%
      Bowling $19.73$15.4927.4%


      ItemRiver RougeNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.52$4.305.1%
      Fried Chicken $1.31$1.406.4%
      Milk $1.53$2.2030.4%
      Potatoes $4.58$3.2242.2%
      Pizza $10.99$10.742.3%
      Beer $8.74$9.608.9%

      Health Care

      ItemRiver RougeNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $83.30$109.7324.1%
      Doctor $107.85$118.348.9%
      Dentist $102.97$100.942.0%
      Ibuprofen $9.06$9.938.8%
      Lipitor $497.03$469.535.9%


      ItemRiver RougeNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $35,600.00$184,700.0080.7%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,261.54$1,229.622.6%
      Apartment Rent $723.00$949.0023.8%


      ItemRiver RougeNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.71$2.710.0%
      Tire Balancing $60.60$51.8616.8%


      ItemRiver RougeNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$169.73$170.840.7%
      Phone $182.37$187.182.6%
      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.

      Nearby cities with low cost of living

      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Highland Park, MI10,97882-18%
      Ecorse, MI9,27084-16%
      Hamtramck, MI21,98584-16%
      Detroit, MI683,44384-16%
      Inkster, MI24,73885-15%
      River Rouge, MI7,60983-17%

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      Green, OR7,6161011%
      McCook, NE7,61881-19%
      River Rouge, MI7,60983-17%
      Source: The River Rouge, MI cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2021.