C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$40,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$640
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%

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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
    1,206
    283
  • Murder
    20
    6
  • Rape
    117
    41
  • Robbery
    127
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    754
    500
  • Theft
    1,028
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    110
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$28,871
National
$55,322
Children
21%
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%
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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've lived in Saginaw all my life and along the way have met many unique residents. One of my favorite things about Saginaw would be downtown. Red Eye cafe is the perfect hang out and their is great opportunity for aesthetic photos with the graffiti, river, and bridges. Omoni Boutique and Fralias are also a personal favorite, giving the city a rustic yet sophisticated feel. While there is a wish for less crime and less hate, we're making efforts everyday. Watching the film on Saginaw was fascinating and encouraging. More businesses, new communities within the city, and education on the town will aid in making Saginaw an overall better place. If we keep up with this, more people will want to call Saginaw their home.