Being born and raised in Michigan, I might be a bit biased, but the Great Lakes State is truly a wonderful place to live and raise a family. Plus we have all five seasons, winter, spring, summer, fall, and construction.

According to Homeia.com, Michigan “offers the best and most affordable cities to live in.” They added that it’s “also a very affordable state in which to live, with an income tax of 4.5% and a state tax of 6% (as of October 2020).”

So which city in Michigan comes in at #1 when it comes to affordability?

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1. Lansing

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The median home value in Lansing is $80,000, with an average household income of $40,325. The median gross monthly rent is $807.

2. Muskegon

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The median home value in Muskegon is $68,800, with an average household income of $30,737. The median gross monthly rent is $697.

3. Kalamazoo

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The median home value in Kalamazoo is $103,700, with an average household income of $40,292. The median gross monthly rent is $775.

4. Manistee

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The median home value in Manistee is $105,400, with an average household income of $39,141. The median gross monthly rent is $671.

5. Battle Creek

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The median home value in Battle Creek is $83,900, with an average household income of $41,106. The median gross monthly rent is $757.

6. Iron Mountain

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The median home value in Iron Mountain is $79,700 with an average household income of $44,776. The median gross monthly rent is $657.

7. Albion

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The median home value in Albion is $57,600 with an average household income of $31,134. The median gross monthly rent is $655.

8. Springfield

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The median home value in Springfield is $69,000 with an average household income of $37,782. The median gross monthly rent is $622.

9. Jackson

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The median home value in Jackson is $66,700, with an average household income of $33,404. The median gross monthly rent is $696.

10. Menominee

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The median home value in Menominee is $73,400, with an average household income of $35,558. The median gross monthly rent is $550.

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