According to the Michigan League for Public Policy, it costs a dollar more than minimum wage to live in most of the counties in Michigan.

The MLPP has released a report, outlining the amount that a person/family needs to make in each county in Michigan to "make ends meet."

It's categorized as Basic Income Needs To Meet Basic Expenses in Michigan. It takes into account housing costs, childcare, transportation (there seems to be a serious lack of public transportation in our state as a whole, according to the report), clothing, personal care, food, etc.

You can read the explanation of criteria HERE. It's long, but it's interesting.

In Genesee County:

  • a single adult needs to make $10.48 per hour, or $21,794 annually
  • a single parent needs to make $22.39 per hour, or $46,563 annually
  • a two-parent household where both parents work needs to make $13.43 per hour, or $55,864 annually
  • a two-parent household where only one parent works needs to make $14.35 per hour, or $29,841 annually

The county that costs the most to live in might surprise you - Washtenaw. It's interesting to note that NONE of the counties in Michigan, for a single adult with no kids, are cost-effective for somebody making minimum wage. You'd have to make more than $9 an hour to live in every county in our state.

Here's the FULL LIST of counties.

Do you agree with this report? It's pretty broad.