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    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
    A-
Saginaw is a town in Michigan with a population of 49,366. Saginaw is in Saginaw County. Living in Saginaw offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Saginaw there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Saginaw and residents tend to lean liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$38,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$680
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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Saginaw Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    1,280.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    30.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    102.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    154.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    788.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    936.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    154.4
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    8%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    13%

Working in Saginaw

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$29,809
National
$55,322
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Saginaw Reviews

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Saginaw is where I attended my first university. It's known for some issues such as gang activity, drugs, and violence. I can honestly say that personally, I never felt unsafe. Given, I lived in a safe neighborhood closer to the university side of town. My one complaint is that there isn't much public transportation throughout the city. There's a bus line that travels about every 30 minutes. Uber is also available, but often there aren't any drivers in the area, so not as readily available as in other cities. There are also many chain restaurants giving the sense that Saginaw is a very commercialized city until you hit downtown area. There they have a few fun bars and cute restaurants! The beer selection is pretty great as well, I recommend Woody's (for those over 21)! In the summertime there are fun events around the city, although the winter does not have as much going on. Overall I had a good experience in Saginaw. I wouldn't change the 6 years that a spent there a bit!
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Saginaw has a bad rep but has tons of amazing hidden gems; not to mention Saginaw Valley State University! There is a lot of locally owned restaurants, my favorite is Pasong's-great authentic Asian cuisine. Also some fun and lively bars Places like the Mid-Michigan Children's Museum and the Saginaw Children's Zoo are great attractions for children in the area.
I think it is an amazing city full of potential. I attend Saginaw Valley State University and I absolutely love it. It is a beautiful campus with many opportunities to grow and further yourself with regards to education. I also have been to downtown Saginaw for many years and I love the atmosphere it brings. There are many local stores and businesses that help make old town Saginaw very riveting and fun to visit. Although the city has bad crime in areas, it has other areas that are flourishing and that make the city very promising.