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Cost of Living in Detroit

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Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 73.30
Rent Index: 30.13
Groceries Index: 72.97
Restaurants Index: 61.40
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 52.80
Local Purchasing Power: 162.40
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 $ 9.00-23.80
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 35.00 $ 29.99-50.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.88 $ 5.00-7.50
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.75 $ 2.50-4.50
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 4.50 $ 2.09-5.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.75 $ 3.50-4.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.81 $ 1.25-2.25
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.31 $ 1.00-1.59
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.55 $ 2.00-3.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.76 $ 1.50-2.49
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.61 $ 1.00-2.50
Eggs (12) 2.25 $ 1.69-3.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.63 $ 3.99-9.07
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.15 $ 3.00-6.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.79 $ 4.00-6.00
Apples (1 lb) 1.91 $ 0.99-3.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.53 $ 0.50-0.59
Oranges (1 lb) 1.80 $ 0.91-3.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.47 $ 0.98-2.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.49 $ 1.00-2.99
Onion (1 lb) 1.66 $ 0.89-3.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.60 $ 1.00-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.13 $ 1.55-2.80
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.50 $ 10.00-12.99
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.21 $ 1.09-3.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.81 $ 1.99-4.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 7.00 $ 6.75-7.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 $ 1.50-2.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 49.50 $ 40.00-66.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.50 $ 2.30-2.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.60 $ 1.30-2.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 39.00 $
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.18 $ 1.80-2.70
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,000.00 $ 17,000.00-30,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 278.65 $ 200.00-385.23
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.11 $ 0.10-0.15
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 54.60 $ 40.00-70.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 29.09 $ 20.00-40.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 20.00 $ 10.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 $ 8.00-13.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 39.17 $ 25.00-55.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 34.08 $ 20.00-45.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 73.88 $ 60.00-85.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 90.45 $ 65.00-120.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 891.67 $ 600.00-1,200.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 671.33 $ 600.00-750.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,300.00 $ 900.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,300.00 $ 1,100.00-1,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 126.06 $ 50.29-200.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 108.56 $ 30.79-162.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 3,155.56 $ 2,000.00-4,500.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.90 3.20-4.75

Prices in Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Last update: May, 2016
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Cost of living in Detroit is 26.70% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 866.42$ and for four person family at 2,923.20$ (without rent).
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11 Comments so far
#SonOfMichigan on Dec 25, 2015 :
TLDR: South East Michigan is a good place to be if you have a Computer or other STEM degree. Detroit is becoming a destination for entertainment. The burbs can be a good place to live and have both.

Dan Gilbert, billionaire and owner of Quicken Loans, has moved his companies headquarters to Downtown Detroit. He has bought up a lot of the good retail and office downtown and had the Bedrock Group work with entrepreneurs to lease and develop the property. He has also hired all the developers in the area and caused a shortage causing their salaries to go up 10% ~ 20%.

Because it's the "Rust Best" the cost of living is fairly low, though not as low as other places in the belt. Good paying union factory jobs of the past propped up prices. Someone mentioned the abandoned land in Detroit it's there and being bought up by the Detroit Land Bank and is offered at unheard of low prices. A good part of the property is crap, but some parcels are historic architecture, in reasonably rehabbed neighborhoods.

The other option for very cheep land in Detroit is the Wayne County Property Auction where bidding starts at $500, and homes sell for as little as $5000. The auction included Detroit and it's suburbs. The burbs are their veryied and are a better bet for a family. Also, because of the exodus from Detroit the expressways going into the city don't have what would be considered typical rush hour traffic. The exception to this is I-75 going from Detroit to the north east side of the City. The property values are generally lower, at higher density, and more along what is considered classic sprawl. If your going to live there and work downtown, it's a personal admission of being a Masochist, but to each their own.

The State at large is also working hard to redevelop, and if you have a STEM degree you will do well, though thats true anywhere. The top paying jobs have never been Art Major, though some commentors will/have probably attested to that grave social injustice. Grand Rapids is also a thriving Downtown experiencing renewal and has a lower cost of living than Detroit.
#el dorado on Nov 03, 2015 :
I live for 2.5 year in (Detroit metro) Michigan, and i am very dissapointed .
Detroit metro is expensive city(area) , for car insurance is nr 1 in usa ,no fault insurance for one month is 450$ .
Malrboro 7$
Good Cheese 20 $ for 1 kg
Italian bread 2.5 $
Rent is expensive ,out from Detroit ,minimum is 650$ ,including water only.
Bus ticket ,SMART BUS is 2.25$ with transfers for 3 hours ,DDOT BUS is 1.75$ with transfers
Taxi is very expensive ,2.5 $ for 1 mile
Meal in Mcdonalds or Burger king is 6$-10$
People if you like the difficulty and suffering WELCOME TO DETROIT CITY
#Paul Morales on Oct 11, 2015 :
You don't know what expensive is until you come to California
#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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