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The American dream is to buy a home, whether you’re in Michigan or anywhere else across the country. If you really want to buy a home and have a household income of $65,000 or less, perhaps that dream has seemed out of reach the past few years. But, the good news is that a new study looks at 10 cities that are the best places to buy a home with a household income of $65,000 or less, and one is in Pennsylvania.

The study comes from RocketHomes.com. They state, “When it comes to choosing a city to put down roots, there are many factors at play. Those may include the surrounding neighborhoods, culture and entertainment amenities, school districts, job opportunities and outdoor offerings. While all of these are important when deciding on a next locale, there is one that may be most essential of all – whether one can comfortably afford to live there.”

They add that Rocket HomesSM teamed up with BestPlaces.net to discover some of the best places to buy a home on a $65,000 household income, including both small towns and bigger cities. There’s something for everyone on this list.

One Michigan city made the cut. Lansing, Michigan, came in at No. 10 on the tally. The city’s median home price is $222,711. Of the city, Rocket Homes says, “Michigan’s capital city has a cost of living that’s 21.4% lower than the national average, making it an affordable place to live. Along with being friendly to budgets, Lansing is also friendly to its residents and visitors alike, priding itself on being a welcoming and inclusive community. One way it achieves this is by creating sensory-friendly events, attractions, programs and shows for neurodiverse people and families.” Find the full list of choice cities here.

Michigan Cities with the Lowest Median Household Income

  • Michigan Cities with the Lowest Median Household Income

    Source: ZipAtlas.com

  • Nahma, Michigan


  • Tower, Michigan


  • East Lansing, Michigan (college town)


  • Oden, Michigan


  • Felch, Michigan


  • Hadley, Michigan


  • Sidnaw, Michigan


  • Idlewild, Michigan


  • Nottawa, Michigan


  • Ralph, Michigan


  • Lake George, Michigan


  • Alpha, Michigan


  • Highland Park, Michigan


  • Toivola, Michigan


  • Baldwin, Michigan


  • Stambaugh, Michigan


  • Allouez, Michigan


  • South Range, Michigan


  • Prescott, Michigan


  • Seney, Michigan


  • Elm Hall, Michigan


  • Hulbert, Michigan


  • Covert, Michigan


  • Elberta, Michigan


  • Ahmeek, Michigan


  • Copper City, Michigan


  • Caspian, Michigan


  • New Troy, Michigan


  • Bitely, Michigan


  • Hamtramck, Michigan


  • Ramsay, Michigan


  • Benton Harbor, Michigan


  • South Branch, Michigan


  • Calumet, Michigan


  • Mcbrides, Michigan


  • White Pine, Michigan


  • Topinabee, Michigan


  • Ironwood, Michigan


  • Houghton, Michigan


  • Gould City, Michigan


  • Barton City, Michigan


  • Mio, Michigan


  • Kearsarge, Michigan


  • Germfask, Michigan


  • Germfask, Michigan


  • Harrison, Michigan


  • Glennie, Michigan


  • Detroit, Michigan


  • Saint Helen, Michigan


  • Curtis, Michigan


Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio. She started on the airwaves shortly after graduating from MSU. Anne has a passion for rock and metal, and she also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson! Anne covers the Detroit, Philadelphia and Las Vegas markets and beyond.

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