Sometimes it's not about where all the wealth is. Sometimes it's what you can afford. And when it comes to affordable living (or, what a salary is worth), Metro Detroit is in the top three regions of the country.
"One major surprise is the metro area in third place: Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Mich. This can be explained by the relatively high wages paid in the resurgent auto industry and, as we have reported earlier, a huge surge in well-paying STEM (science, technology, engineering and math-related) jobs. Combine this with some of the most affordable housing in the nation and sizable reductions in unemployment — down 5% in Michigan over the past two years, the largest such drop in the nation. This longtime sad sack region has reason to feel hopeful."
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