12. Detroit, MI
- Cost of Living Ratio: 50%Advertisement
- Median Base Salary: $61,500
- Median Home Value: $123,100
Opening our list is Detroit, Michigan. Detroit is the most populated city in the U.S. state of Michigan, the fourth-largest city in the Midwest and the largest city in the United States–Canada border.
After a publicly declared bankruptcy, Detroit has focused on restoring its downtown. Quicken Loans set up shop in the city a few years ago, and foundations, corporations and the federal government have invested billions in helping to turn the city around.
Some people opt for Detroit because of work, while for others it’s the low cost of living. If you’re a writer, the Write A House project gives houses to writers for free. How cool is that? Now, who says writers can’t live decently?