If you are getting close to retirement or planning now for later and still want to live in Michigan for the back end of your life, here are the best cities to live on Social Security.

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Michigan is an Expensive State to Live in

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Let's face it, Michigan is one of the most expensive states to live in the entire United States.

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Michiganders pay the most in the country for auto insurance, have some of the highest property taxes, healthcare prices are over the top, and groceries and gasoline make it tough for people to plan for their future when they are just trying to get through the week.

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What does the road to retirement look like if you want to live in Michigan on Social Security? It may help to know where the best cities to live on Social Security are.

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Best Cities in Michgain to Live on Social Security

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If you are on a tight budget for your retirement and plan on living on just social security in Michigan, below are the top 5 choices.

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#5 Allen Park

The average rent in Allen Park is just under $1200 making your average monthly cost of living just under $3000. Allen Park is a 10-minute drive to Detroit and close to Dearborn and there is so much to do in those areas for retirees.

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#4 Northville

Northville is a smaller town than Allen Park but does cost a little more to live. If you are looking for more of the small-town vibe Northville may be the ticket. The average rent is around $1600 added to your monthly cost of living puts you just under $3400 a month.

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#3 Farmington

Farmington is just across I-275 from Northville and features a historic downtown with museums and gardens to visit. The average rent is just over $1200 and the monthly cost of living is just under $3000.

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#2 Traverse City

Traverse City is very popular with retirees who make up 22% of the population in the area. Kicking back along the shores of Grand Travers Bay does sound pretty solid. Several annual festivals happen in Traverse City like the National Cherry Festival and more. If you love the outdoors and don't mind an average rent of $2000 and a monthly cost of living of just over $3500. Plus, it's a whole lot cheaper to retire in Traverse City than the entire state of California.

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#1 Clawson

Clawson is perfect for the retiree living off of Social Security. Clawson is a very small town just north of Detroit and close to I-75. Clawson is so small you can walk just about everywhere to get what you need and even visit the doctor. The city is known as the "Little City With a Big Heart" and lives up to it because 20% of its residents are 65 years of age and older and are spending their golden years in Clawson.

12 Best Places to Live in Michigan

According to Niche, these are the 12 best places to live in all of Michigan.

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LOOK: Here are the 25 best places to live in Michigan

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Michigan using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from realtor.com.

On the list, there's a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.