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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Housing
    B
  3. Nightlife
    A
  4. Good for Families
    B-
  5. Diversity
    C+
  6. Jobs
    C+
  7. Weather
    C+
  8. Cost of Living
    B+
  9. Health & Fitness
    B
  10. Outdoor Activities
    B
  11. Commute
    B
Bay County is located in Michigan with a population of 104,786. In Bay County, most residents own their homes. In Bay County there are a lot of bars. Many retirees live in Bay County and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Bay County are above average.
Population
104,786

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$100,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$655
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    22%
  • Own
    78%
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Crime & Safety

Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    335.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    141.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    80.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    529.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,888.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    143.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    35%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Bay County

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$48,005
National
$55,322

Bay County Reviews

7 reviews
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I love the downtown area. It has a nice atmosphere and a lot of little shops. The view of the river is nice, although I wish the water was cleaner. There are nice local eateries. Crime isn't horrible and I feel safe here.
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Good nightlife, good school system. The roads need work, downtown is very up beat. The city plans something every weekend during the summer month.
Its a small county with big county feels. It includes the typical farm fields but also has good night life.