Key findings

  • Bay City has a Livability Score of 63/100, which is considered below average
  • Bay City crime rates are 39% higher than the Michigan average
  • Cost of living in Bay City is 4% lower than the Michigan average
  • Bay City real estate prices are 48% lower than the Michigan average
  • Rental prices in Bay City are 27% lower than the Michigan average

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      Top Rated Schools in Bay City

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Isd-local ProgramsPK - 1213063%
      Mackensen Elementary SchoolKG - 533155%
      Hampton Elementary SchoolKG - 543850%
      Mcalear-sawden Elementary. SchoolPK - 549147%
      John Glenn High School9 - 1286646%
      Bay County PsaPK - 714645%
      Kolb Elementary SchoolPK - 553943%
      Bangor Lincoln SchoolKG - 533042%
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      Far better places to live in Michigan

      Bay City has seen better days the bad, decent, livable employment opportunities are scare to the point where it's not uncommon for people to commute to Saginaw or Midland for work (me being one of them). Because of this Homelessness is far too common here, to the point that I've seen the homeless digging through trash cans at the local Car Wash looking for bottles with a ten cent deposits. The most daunting issues this town faces include a dependence on manufacturing in the 20th century, an aging and declining population, undesirables from Saginaw and Flint coming in (along with their problems), alcoholism and a rampant opioid crisis, these problems are most evident on the south side and neighborhoods adjacent to downtown. It's such a shame too because the city and some of the residents are trying to improve the city but little progress has been made in most areas where it's needed. The good things about Bay City? There is so much history to this town, but it's been marred by the decline, and the river front is beautiful, there are some nice parks here too. Also the fireworks festival is always good, and there are other events that go on in the summers. There are some pretty decent sit down restaurants downtown. The neutral: Bay City has everything you need but nothing you want, once summers over there's absolutely nothing to do. The mall is dead, and just about all of the bars are seedy. All of the utilities except gas are city owned, so that's something.
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      Almost always something to do

      I lived in Bay City for the first 20 years of my life. There is almost always something to do here, especially in the summertime. The summer is pretty much full of festivities down by the river. The Pig Gig is one of these that hundreds of people come to Bay City for, music, ribs, and a beer tent how much more do you need? The River Roar is always an exciting thing to watch, boats racing on the river is more exciting than it sounds. We also have multiple fairs that go on during the summer and they all have awesome food. Hungry? Bay City is home to a multitude of restaurants, cafes, and bistros. You always have a good amount of options for when you are craving something. There's the awesome St. Patty's day parade to look forward to as well! There are 4 bowling alleys, a lot of bars (can be considered a pro and a con), a lot of different school options (if you have children), and a TON of parks. There are still some good neighborhoods but there are also some pretty sketchy areas that are always good to avoid.
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      Source: The Bay City, MI data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).