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Cost of Living

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Our cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Ann Arbor, Michigan is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Ann Arbor, Michigan is more expensive.

Overall, Ann Arbor, Michigan cost of living is 122.30.

  COST OF LIVINGAnn Arbor, MichiganUnited States
  Overall  122100
  Grocery  96100
  Health  101100
  Housing  173100
  Utilities  109100
  Transportation  101100
  Miscellaneous  96100

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Michigan Depression/Recession Impacting Ann Arbor
Traditionally, Ann Arbor has been "relatively" insulated from national and state economic treads by the enormous budget and tax-free status of the University of... (read more)
public transportation
Ann Arbor bus service (AATA) is quite good. The Detroit Metro Airport is only a 20 min. drive away and is also quite good. The traffic in Ann Arbor is usually mild... (read more)
Good bus system
Ann Arbor has a pretty cheap and efficient bus system between the UM buses, the Link, and the AATA system, which is now free to all university-affiliated... (read more)
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Streets and
Streets and roads are third world. This is pothole city. It has been awful for 40 years and has reached the point where you need an SUV.... (read more)
A Great Place to Live
We moved to Ann Arbor in 1999. Of course the University adds to the vibrancy of life here, but it goes beyond that. We have found Ann Arbor to offer a good quality of... (read more)
As expensive as Portland, Seattle, outskirts of Sa
It's great here if you're going to the University. Otherwise, there is no reason to put up with 6 plus months long winters, 100% cloud cover for 3/4ths of the year,... (read more)
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