Cost of Living Calculator


Calculate your cost of living in the detroit region

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Cost of Living Calculator tool helps individuals and families compare the cost of living in the Detroit Region and other U.S. communities.

The cost of living describes the amount of money needed to cover basic living expenses such as housing, groceries, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services.

How to Use the Cost of Living Calculator

  • Enter a Salary Amount.
  • In the “Moving From” section, select your current city or another city you are interested in.
  • In the “Moving To” section, select “MI Detroit.”
  • Click “Calculate” and scroll to view cost comparisons.

How to Read Results

Data is available at the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and county levels. The Index uses 100 as the national average and can indicate if a community is above or below the national average. The Index does not measure inflation (or price change over time) because each quarterly report compares prices at a single point in time. 

2023 Cost of Living

According to the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), the Detroit Region’s cost of living is 102.1. Compared with other major metropolitan areas throughout the U.S., the Detroit Region ranks 14th among other peer regions in terms of affordability.

2023 Cost of Living Index for Select Metro Areas

RankMetro AreaComposite Index
1St. Louis, MO88.9
2Cleveland, OH91.4
3Indianapolis, IN92.1
4Minneapolis, MN93.3
5Tampa, FL96.2
6Charlotte, NC96.5
7Pittsburgh, PA98.0
8Atlanta, GA98.3
9Nashville, TN98.8
10Austin, TX98.9
11Baltimore, MD100.7
12Phoenix, AZ101.9
13Dallas, TX102.1
14Detroit, MI102.1
15Denver, CO110.3
16Chicago, IL113.4
17Portland, OR120.2
18Seattle, WA144.6
19Boston, MA146.5
20San Francisco, CA170.0
Source: C2ER, 2023 Annual Average Data Report

About the Cost of Living Index

The Detroit Regional Chamber has participated in the National Cost of Living Index (COLI) survey for decades. The survey is published quarterly by The Council for Community and Economic Research, using over 60 goods and services collected at local levels from over 300 communities nationwide. COLI’s methodology has been recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the President’s Council of Economic Advisors,, and the Brookings Institution.

Research & Data

Learn about the region’s economics, workforce and talent, industry clusters and more.

For additional information, contact the Data and Research team.

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