How much do you need to earn to make ends meet in Michigan?

Statewide average

In a new report, Making Ends Meet in Michigan: A Basic Needs Income Level for Family Well-Being, the wage needed to meet basic needs is estimated by county.

The costs of very basic needs – housing, child care, food, transportation, personal items such as clothing, healthcare and taxes – are used to calculate a “basic needs” hourly wage for four types of families in each Michigan county.

New this year are the online Making Ends Meet Calculator as well as an interactive map. Click on the links or images below to find county information.

Read report | List of hourly wages by county | Online calculator | Interactive county map

All families assume two children under age 5.