These Are The Top 10 Most Affordable Places to Live in Metro Detroit

Discover the most affordable metro Detroit towns for families with Niche's 2024 rankings based on housing costs, living expenses and amenities.

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 Metro Detroit. It offers a look at the most affordable places for families in Metro Detroit 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.

These statistics were calculated based on the consumer price index and access to affordable housing using data from the U.S. Census and Bureau of Labor and Statistics. You can find the full methodology here.

Find the most affordable places to live by county:

Here are the top 10 most affordable places to live in metro Detroit on the list:

Highland Park

  • Average home value: $59,400
  • Population: 9,032

Highland Park sits within Detroit’s borders like an island. While there is no high school option within the city, students are zoned to Northwestern High School in the Detroit Public Schools Community District.


  • Average home value: $52,000
  • Population: 9,292

John D. Dingell Park is located in Ecorse, as is a library, senior center and rowing club.

Lincoln Park

  • Average home value: $109,500
  • Population: 39,807

Located just a short drive downriver from Detroit, Lincoln Park offers families many dining, parks and entertainment options.


  • Average home value: $44,400
  • Population: 1,223

The future Gordie Howe Bridge connecting Canada and the United States will pass through the Detroit neighborhood of Delray.

Blackstone Park

  • Average home value: $69,392
  • Population: 1,432

Blackstone Park’s small footprint lends itself to a tight knit community.

East Village

  • Average home value: $53,099
  • Population: 2,026

East Village’s proximity to state park Belle Isle is a draw for families searching for relaxing greenspaces, boardwalks and beaches within the bustle of Detroit.


  • Average home value: $179,800
  • Population: 3,232

Rockwood is part of the Downriver communities, an area of southeast Michigan with plenty of nice parks, exciting restaurants and outdoor activities.


  • Average home value: $28,900
  • Population: 1,859

This neighborhood in Detroit partially touches Livernois Avenue, called the “Avenue of Fashion” for its many small businesses and boutiques.

Krainz Woods

  • Average home value: $41,714
  • Population: 3,509

Krainz Woods has an active neighborhood organization and is located near the historic Two Way Inn.


  • Average home value: $147,500
  • Population: 2,655

The affordable village of Carleton is surrounded by greenspace. Calder Dairy and Farm operates its farm in Carleton and is open for visitors.

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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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