B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  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
    A-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$44,100
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$650
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%

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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
    1,092
    273
  • Murder
    14
    6
  • Rape
    117
    41
  • Robbery
    176
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    930
    525
  • Theft
    1,118
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    156
    263

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$27,990
National
$53,889
Children
22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    7%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    35%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    22%
    13%
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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 have lived in Saginaw all my life. In the 1980's when the auto industry was booming, the population was 70,000 residents. Now in 2017 we have about 50,000 residents with the change from GM to Delphi to Nexteer. Since the change in the auto industry, several schools have closed, and even more businesses. Overall the county has a diverse ethnic mix with 1/4 black 1/4 Hispanic 1/4 white and 1/4 other ethnicities and nationalities ( native American Indian, Middle Eastern Indian, Polish, Asian, etc)