Most Affordable Places to Live in Oakland County

These communities offer a low cost of living and other perk for families.

Choosing where to raise a family can impact the way a child sees the world. 

Niche, a website offering rankings and statistics on towns, schools and colleges, recently released its 2024 Places with the Lowest Cost of Living in Oakland County. It offers a look at the most affordable places for families in Oakland County to call home based on a variety of factors including an area’s home value to income ratio, median rent, gas prices, grocery costs and more. 

Top 10 Most Affordable Places to live in Oakland County 

Ortonville 

  • Average home value: $224,500
  • Population: 1,271

Ortonville’s own sprawling recreation area is a focal point for residents, as are nearby ski resorts Pine Knob and Mt. Holly. 

Royal Oak Charter Township 

  • Average home value: $118,100
  • Population: 2,400

Royal Oak Charter Township’s proximity to the bustle of nearby Ferndale and Royal Oak, paired with its own, quieter community, is appealing for active families. 

Holly 

  • Average home value: $159,000
  • Population: 5,997

The recreation areas and ski resorts surrounding Holly draw visitors from around the state. 

Pontiac 

  • Average home value: $100,100
  • Population: 61,965

Pontiac is known for its many recreation options including nightlife, concert venues, sports complexes, theaters, restaurants and more

Hazel Park 

  • Average home value: $129,300
  • Population: 15,065

Residents enjoy great parks, stellar restaurants and charming neighborhoods in Hazel Park. 

Rose Township 

  • Average home value: $293,800
  • Population: 6,194

This tight knit community is proud of its natural resources and friendly, rural atmosphere. 

Lake Orion 

  • Average home value: $323,300
  • Population: 2,915

Year-round festivities suitable for the whole family add to Lake Orion’s community feel. 

Waterford Charter Township 

  • Average home value: $223,300
  • Population: 70,486

The Drayton Plains Community Center, Hess-Hathaway Park and Waterford Riverwalk are all located within the township. 

Highland Charter Township 

  • Average home value: $299,000
  • Population: 19,180

Highland Charter Township is split by M-59, giving residents easy access to park systems and bigger cities. The Highland Recreation Area, with its 44 miles of trails, is open to equestrians, mountain bikers and hikers.

Madison Heights 

  • Average home value: $172,500
  • Population: 28,521

There’s plenty to do in Madison Heights–sports parks, water parks, restaurants, recreation centers and more.


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Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn
Amanda Rahn is a freelance journalist, copy editor and proud Detroiter. She is a graduate of Wayne State University’s journalism school and of the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University. Amanda is a lover of translated contemporary fiction, wines from Jura and her dog, Lottie.

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