The Wolverine State brought us the mass produced automobile, the Motown sound, and the 38th President of the United States (we know, Gerald Ford was born in Nebraska, but he grew up in Michigan). But for our purposes, let us consider the humble corn flake. Invented by the Kellogg brothers to serve at their Battle Creek sanitarium, corn flakes were supposed to — among other things — suppress harmful sexual urges. At some point, they dropped that selling point, and in 2017, Kellogg Company reported nearly $13 billion in sales. Today, you can get a box of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes in Battle Creek for $2.99. A half-gallon of milk is just $1.51. Some bananas for your cereal? They’re just 52 cents per pound.
2018 Cost of Living score: 47 out of 50 points (Top States Score: A+)
Most expensive area: Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia Metro
Average home price: $295,582
Half gallon of milk: $1.73
Ribeye steak: $12.84
Monthly energy bill: $150.83
Doctor visit: $97.81