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Cost of Living in Detroit, MI, United States

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 66.53
Rent Index: 30.90
Groceries Index: 67.18
Restaurants Index: 58.83
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 48.86
Local Purchasing Power: 182.58

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 10.00 $
7.50
12.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 38.50 $
30.00
55.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.50 $
6.00
7.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 3.50 $
2.50
4.99
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 4.00 $
3.00
6.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.44 $
2.50
4.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.57 $
1.25
1.79
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.27 $
1.00
1.99
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.93 $
2.79
3.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.62 $
0.91
2.09
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.23 $
0.90
2.00
Eggs (12) 2.33 $
1.89
2.99
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.42 $
3.00
7.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.41 $
2.72
3.99
Apples (1 lb) 1.29 $
0.90
1.99
Oranges (1 lb) 1.24 $
0.91
1.99
Tomato (1 lb) 1.27 $
0.90
1.70
Potato (1 lb) 1.23 $
0.59
1.60
Lettuce (1 head) 1.76 $
1.29
2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.97 $
1.25
3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.50 $
10.00
14.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.97 $
1.79
2.10
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.50 $
2.00
2.99
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 7.35 $
6.75
7.50
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.75 $
1.50
2.25
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 40.00 $
40.00
40.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.50 $
2.10
2.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.60 $
1.60
2.50
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 39.00 $
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.55 $
2.03
2.90
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,000.00 $
16,000.00
21,200.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 206.55 $
100.00
300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.16 $
0.10
0.22
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 45.16 $
40.00
50.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 27.50 $
20.00
40.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 16.67 $
10.00
30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 $
8.50
12.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 40.60 $
35.00
45.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 40.83 $
30.00
55.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 71.50 $
50.00
85.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 90.62 $
65.00
120.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,081.25 $
800.00
1,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 691.56 $
600.00
899.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,442.86 $
1,200.00
2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,212.50 $
900.00
1,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 100.97 $
80.00
130.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 100.00 $
90.00
110.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 2,903.70 $
1,500.00
4,130.34
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.37
3.50
5.90

These data are based on 494 entries in the past 18 months from 86 different contributors.

Last update: September, 2015

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8 Comments so far

#Matt on Jul 25, 2015 :
#christernyc, It's because capitalists know that the poor are the most easily exploited.
#Joshua T on Jul 22, 2015 :
As someone who moved to Detroit from Florida, it's soooo much more expensive to live in the city limits of Detroit. I've lived here 1 yr and already for sure moving out of the city limits. If you live in Detroit, rent is cheap. However utilities are higher than anywhere I've ever seen. And they just approved another 7% rate hike on water. Also if you live in the city you pay the highest car insurance in the country, you pay federal, state, city and if you work in the city a working city tax at the end of every yr. I've never paid so much for so little in my life.
#Andy Butler on Jan 21, 2015 :
Not sure where they are getting these prices for Detroit as I live about 50 miles west and I thought for sure Detroit would be cheaper.
Rent for 1 bedroom can be - for $480 a month and many of the apts out here include the heat
Eggs = I never pay more than $1.25 and many times = $1.00 a dozen
Milk = Never more than $3.00 a gallon - many times for $2.50 a gallon
Gas = $2.75 a gallon - as of Jan 15, 2015
Rice = $50 # bag at CostCo for $25.00
water - buy it a Meijer with my reusable gallon jug = $.44
Bread - never pay over $1.00 at Kroger
Cheese - Basic Kroger brand, which I like - no more than $4.00 a pound - many times for less
Lettuce - never pay more than $1.00 for Iceburg
Utilities = (Elec - lights and water) never more than $80 a month
Cinema - go to the movies when they are in the am or early pm - $4.50 a ticket

and so on...Most of my shopping is either at a Kroger or Meijer. I refuse to go to Walmart.
Besides, I check out Walmart prices every so often and in the long run, they really are not cheaper than Kroger or Meijer.
#Anonymous on Nov 05, 2014 :
Please keep you negative comments to yourself. If you dont like Detroit, why are you looking at the statistics?
#Skoe on Feb 22, 2014 :
One of the nicest and most expensive malls in America is on 16 mile (Somerset Mall, in case you're curious)...seriously 8 miles north of the infamous 8 mile are areas like Troy, Burmingham, Sterling Heights...there are many multi-million dollar homes in Burmingham...
#bob on Jan 03, 2014 :
Its including Detroit and the surrounding area
#christernyc . on Dec 04, 2013 :
How is it that the cost of living seems so high for a bankrupt city?
#Paul Woodward on Jul 25, 2013 :
What about the "Free houses"...those 20% that abandoned?
That should make Detroit one of the least expensive places to live.

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