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With housing prices and inflation going up, rent prices are going up, too. So, where are the cheapest places to live in Michigan- areas where you’ll find the lowest rent and housing costs? Whether you want to rent or purchase a house, there are definitely areas of the state that are more affordable than others.

The good news is that no matter where you live in Michigan, the cost of housing in the state comes in much below the national average, according to Rent.com. That’s good news for me, because I’m hoping to buy my first house when the market comes down.

The crew at Rent.com has analyzed rent and housing costs in Michigan and put together a list of the cheapest places to live in the state. Read on for the full list. On the flip end of that, you’ll also find a list of the 10 U.S. cities where costs have jumped the most.

The Cheapest Places to Live in Michigan

  • 10. Livonia

    Average 1-BR rent price: $1,056
    Average rent change in the past year: n/a

  • 9. Royal Oak

    Average 1-BR rent price: $1,029
    Average rent change in the past year: 6.95 percent

  • 8. Kalamazoo

    Average 1-BR rent price: $1,018
    Average rent change in the past year: 11.67 percent

  • 7. Greenville

    Average 1-BR rent price: $990
    Average rent change in the past year: n/a

  • 6. Wixom

    Average 1-BR rent price: $965
    Average rent change in the past year: 7.97 percent

  • 5. Flint

    Average 1-BR rent price: $929
    Average rent change in the past year: 30.89 percent

  • 4. Ypsilanti

    Average 1-BR rent price: $922
    Average rent change in the past year: -18.52 percent

  • 3. East Lansing

    Average 1-BR rent price: $906
    Average rent change in the past year: 1.17 percent

  • 2. Lansing

    Average 1-BR rent price: $850
    Average rent change in the past year: -25.45 percent

  • 1. Saginaw

    Average 1-BR rent price: $698
    Average rent change in the past year: -1.68 percent

    10 U.S. cities where costs have jumped the most (via Zumper.com):

  • 10. St. Petersburg, Florida

    Median one-bedroom rent: $1,580
    Year-over-year growth: 24.4%

  • 9. Mesa, Arizona

    Median one-bedroom rent: $1,210
    Year-over-year growth: 24.7%

  • 8. Boise, Idaho

    Median one-bedroom rent: $1,410
    Year-over-year growth: 24.8%

  • 7. Henderson, Nevada

    Median one-bedroom rent: $1,590
    Year-over-year growth: 25.2%

  • 6. Jacksonville, Florida

    Median one-bedroom rent: $1,220
    Year-over-year growth: 27.1%

  • 5. Glendale, Arizona

    Median one-bedroom rent: $1,200
    Year-over-year growth: 27.7%

  • 4. New York, New York

    Median one-bedroom rent: $3,190
    Year-over-year growth: 32.4%

  • 3. Orlando, Florida

    Median one-bedroom rent: $1,620
    Year-over-year growth: 32.8%

  • 2. Tampa, Florida

    Median one-bedroom rent: $1,630
    Year-over-year growth: 38.1%

  • 1. Miami, Florida

    Median one-bedroom rent: $2,280
    Year-over-year growth: 38.29%