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  1. Public Schools
    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
    B+
  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 sparse 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
Sparse 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
    1,320.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    22.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    99.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    178
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    778.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    869.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    186.3
    284

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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I have lived in Saginaw for two years and it's okay, but I would much rather live elsewhere. Depending on where you're at, some areas are better than others safety wise. But I've always had a good experience with the Saginaw police. It could be safer, but there is only so much they can do. There are a lot of public schools, but I can't comment on how nice they are because I didn't go to school here. It seems fairly family friendly. I always seem to be hearing about an event happening nearby. The real estate around here is awesome, however, most houses need some kind of TLC. Not a big deal though when you're getting a great deal on a house! There are quite a few job opportunities for some people - not for everyone. Commuting isn't bad in the area, I can normally get anywhere I need to without traffic.
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I was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan which was an automotive town until I was 23 years of age. The closing of the plants caused the city to dry up, and lose a lot of revenue. Currently my city lack diversity, job opportunities, and decent public schooling. I believe every city should have a thriving downtown full of nightlife, shopping, and businesses. However, that is not the case for Saginaw, I have hope that my city will eventually turn back around to an amazing city that it used to be back in the 90's.
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!