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Cost of Living in Detroit

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 $ 8.00-15.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 45.00 $ 26.00-60.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 $ 3.79-8.90
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.50 $ 2.00-5.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.50 $ 3.00-6.50
Cappuccino (regular) 3.91 $ 1.69-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.79 $ 1.00-2.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.41 $ 0.99-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.47 $ 1.50-3.12
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.92 $ 1.00-2.50
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.50 $ 0.78-2.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.63 $ 0.69-2.25
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.25 $ 2.00-6.25
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.50 $ 2.00-5.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.24 $ 2.99-8.99
Apples (1 lb) 2.00 $ 1.15-3.29
Banana (1 lb) 0.56 $ 0.34-0.75
Oranges (1 lb) 1.60 $ 0.79-3.99
Tomato (1 lb) 1.83 $ 1.00-2.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.25 $ 0.50-2.50
Onion (1 lb) 1.06 $ 0.50-1.50
Lettuce (1 head) 1.43 $ 0.80-1.99
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.90 $ 0.89-2.99
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.00 $ 5.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.11 $ 0.99-2.86
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.33 $ 1.00-4.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 6.88 $ 5.00-7.50
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 $ 1.75-2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 57.50 $ 47.00-66.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 3.00-4.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 1.00-5.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 24.00 $ 10.80-24.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.76 $ 2.09-2.97
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,760.00 $ 15,000.00-23,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,280.00 $ 16,000.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 162.73 $ 75.56-250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.10 $ 0.10-0.20
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 62.50 $ 35.00-90.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 25.83 $ 10.00-50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 12.50 $ 0.00-120.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 11.00 $ 6.95-14.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 797.00 $ 275.00-1,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 10,000.00 $ 3,500.00-18,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 39.32 $ 11.00-50.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 33.09 $ 11.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 76.39 $ 38.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 85.50 $ 50.00-125.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,164.67 $ 800.00-1,600.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 839.60 $ 700.00-1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,236.36 $ 1,200.00-2,850.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,475.00 $ 1,000.00-1,850.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 57.33 $ 48.50-150.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 69.56 $ 24.50-139.35
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,025.51 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.31 3.50-4.54

Prices in Detroit, Michigan

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5 Comments so far

#Sir Ed on May 23, 2017 :
May 2017
In Suburbs of Detroit Michigan
Canton,Garden City,Westland,
Aldis,Dollar Tree,Kroggers,Miejers
Bread Loave $1.00-$4.99
Hotdogs 8 Pack .79-$4.99
Broccoli 16 0z $1.69-$2.29
Lettuce .97-.99
Bananas Pound .44-.55
Eggs $1.00-$3.50
Milk Gallon. $1.79-$2.69
#don on Feb 16, 2017 :
Healthcare is a very significant expense, can you add this to your routine?
#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