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Cost of living comparison

From housing to groceries, your dollar goes further when you live in Metro Detroit.

Your paycheck may be higher in other parts of the country, but when you add in costs of living, you actually make more when you live in Macomb County, Mich. Don't believe us? The data is proof. Your dollar goes further in Metro Detroit.

For example, an industrial engineer living in Washington D.C. makes $114,574 per year on average. In Macomb County, an individual with that same position makes an average of $97,021. However, after all costs and expenditures (housing, utilities, groceries, transportation, taxes, etc.), the average annual wage for the individual living in Washington D.C  would be $46,547, while the individual in Macomb County would have $54,148 - an almost $10,000 difference. 

See the real cost comparisons below to fully understand why your paycheck goes further in Macomb County, Mich. versus other major metropolitan areas.

Average cost of living

Households 2,740,164
Average household size 2.63
Median household income $107,859
Cost of living index* 117.7
Food at home (groceries) $9,672.89
Housing (shelter + utilities) $44,283.08
Transportation $14,071.09
Total (annual average per houshold) $68,027.06

*A cost of living index score above 100 means that the cost of living in a particular area is higher than the national average, while a score below 100 means that the cost of living is lower than the national average.

Households 1,172,264
Average household size 2.74
Median household income $95,879
Cost of living index 142.2
Food at home (groceries) $8,434.41
Housing (shelter + utilities) $38,844.38
Transportation $12,286.33
Total (annual average per household) $59,565.12

*A cost of living index score above 100 means that the cost of living in a particular area is higher than the national average, while a score below 100 means that the cost of living is lower than the national average.

Households 692,411
Average household size 2.9
Median household income $148,406
Cost of living index* 145.6
Food at home (groceries) $12,438.22
Housing (shelter + utilities) $58,048.97
Transportation $17,294.26
Total (annual average per household) $87,781.45

*A cost of living index score above 100 means that the cost of living in a particular area is higher than the national average, while a score below 100 means that the cost of living is lower than the national average.

Households 1,036,141
Average household size 2.52
Median household income $87,900
Cost of living index* 106.6
Food at home (groceries) $7,826.10
Housing (shelter + utilities) $35,679.52
Transportation $12,143.44
Total (annual average per household) $55,649.06

*A cost of living index score above 100 means that the cost of living in a particular area is higher than the national average, while a score below 100 means that the cost of living is lower than the national average.

Households 2,351,252
Average household size 2.65
Median household income $81,148
Cost of living index* 96.2
Food at home (groceries) $7,333.22
Housing (shelter + utilities) $33,152.00
Transportation $11,281.76
Total (annual average per household) $51,766.98

*A cost of living index score above 100 means that the cost of living in a particular area is higher than the national average, while a score below 100 means that the cost of living is lower than the national average.

Households 2,003,233
Average household size 2.44
Median household income $70,436
Cost of living index* 96.5
Food at home (groceries) $6,577.92
Housing (shelter + utilities) $29,334.46
Transportation $9,993.38
Total (annual average per household) $45,905.76

*A cost of living index score above 100 means that the cost of living in a particular area is higher than the national average, while a score below 100 means that the cost of living is lower than the national average.

Households 357,397
Average household size 2.46
Median household income $69,803
Cost of living index* 95.9
Food at home (groceries) $6,033.94
Housing (shelter + utilities) $26,845.80
Transportation $9,993.38
Total (annual average per household) $42,873.12

*A cost of living index score above 100 means that the cost of living in a particular area is higher than the national average, while a score below 100 means that the cost of living is lower than the national average.

Expenditures (annual spending)

Total expenditures $131,710.67
Spending Potential Index* 143

*The Spending Potential Index represents the amount spent in the area relative to a national average of 100. An SPI of 110 means that the area spends 10% more than the national average, on that good or service.

Total expenditures $114,015.87
Spending Potential Index* 124

*The Spending Potential Index represents the amount spent in the area relative to a national average of 100. An SPI of 110 means that the area spends 10% more than the national average, on that good or service.

Total expenditures $168,092.35
Spending Potential Index* 183

*The Spending Potential Index represents the amount spent in the area relative to a national average of 100. An SPI of 110 means that the area spends 10% more than the national average, on that good or service.

Total expenditures $107,226.66
Spending Potential Index* 116

*The Spending Potential Index represents the amount spent in the area relative to a national average of 100. An SPI of 110 means that the area spends 10% more than the national average, on that good or service.

Total expenditures $99,992.03
Spending Potential Index* 109

*The Spending Potential Index represents the amount spent in the area relative to a national average of 100. An SPI of 110 means that the area spends 10% more than the national average, on that good or service.

Total expenditures $89,064.38
Spending Potential Index* 97

*The Spending Potential Index represents the amount spent in the area relative to a national average of 100. An SPI of 110 means that the area spends 10% more than the national average, on that good or service.

Total expenditures $81,996.74
Spending Potential Index* 89

*The Spending Potential Index represents the amount spent in the area relative to a national average of 100. An SPI of 110 means that the area spends 10% more than the national average, on that good or service.

Average annual wages (by location)

Washington, D.C. (metro area) $125,269
San Diego, CA $128,833
Santa Clara County/San José, CA $172,712
Austin, TX (metro area) $132,783
Atlanta, GA (metro area) $117,286
Detroit, MI (metro area) $104,588
Macomb County, MI $110,103

Washington, D.C. (metro area) $118,630
San Diego, CA $103,000
Santa Clara County/San José, CA $140,824
Austin, TX (metro area) $109,569
Atlanta, GA (metro area) $99,646
Detroit, MI (metro area) $98,886
Macomb County, MI $101,203

Washington, D.C. (metro area) $114,574
San Diego, CA $108,362
Santa Clara County/San José, CA $125,872
Austin, TX (metro area) $110,538
Atlanta, GA (metro area) $97,133
Detroit, MI (metro area) $97,758
Macomb County, MI $97,021

Cost of living comparison

Note: These figures would be an average annual wage in each metro area/city after expenses (housing, transportation, groceries, etc.).

Washington, D.C. (metro area) $57,242
San Diego, CA $69,268
Santa Clara County/San José, CA $84,931
Austin, TX (metro area) $77,134
Atlanta, GA (metro area) $52,821
Detroit, MI (metro area) $58,682
Macomb County, MI $67,230

Note: These figures would be an average annual wage in each metro area/city after expenses (housing, transportation, groceries, etc.).

Washington, D.C. (metro area) $50,603
San Diego, CA $43,435
Santa Clara County/San José, CA $53,043
Austin, TX (metro area) $53,920
Atlanta, GA (metro area) $47,879
Detroit, MI (metro area) $52,980
Macomb County, MI $58,330

Note: These figures would be an average annual wage in each metro area/city after expenses (housing, transportation, groceries, etc.).

Washington, D.C. (metro area) $46,547
San Diego, CA $48,797
Santa Clara County/San José, CA $38,091
Austin, TX (metro area) $54,889
Atlanta, GA (metro area) $45,991
Detroit, MI (metro area) $51,852
Macomb County, MI $54,148