Saginaw 62 Average
Saginaw Livability #526 ranked city in Michigan#15,411 ranked city in the USARanks better than 47% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Saginaw

  • Cost Of Living

    Everyday cost of living expenses like goods and services, housing, groceries, transportation, health care and utilities are far below the national average.

  • Housing

    Impressive scores in the housing category characterize this area, potentially attributed to the availability of affordable housing, strong appreciation rates and high home values.

  • Health & Safety

    Accessible health facilities like hospitals, doctors offices, clinics and nursing homes as well as good air quality are all factors that have led to a high score in this category.

  • Amenities

    The majority of amenities will be difficult to reach within a short walk, often requiring residents to use a vehicle or public transportation for access.

  • Commute

    Low commute scores could be due to limited access to public transit in this area, as well as longer-than-average work commute times for residents.

  • Crime

    Reporting high crime rates per 100,000 people, this area may be perceived as an unsafe place to reside. These statistics encompass both violent and property crime rates.

  • Employment

    This area earns a low score in the employment category due to low household income levels and high unemployment rates, which may pose challenges in seeking job opportunities.

  • Schools

    The low schools score might be a result of factors like lower than average education levels, lackluster reading and math scores and the inaccessibility of local elementary and high schools.

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What's it like Living in Saginaw?

Located in the state of Michigan, Saginaw is a mid-sized city with a population of 48,407 people. Saginaw is mostly populated by White (44%) and Black or African American (44%) ethnic groups. Saginaw is very likely to be a great place to live for singles as only 37%, of the population (over fifteen) are classified as married. If you're not a fan of traffic congestion and long commute times to work, Saginaw is the place to be. Commutes to work here are shorter, with an average one-way commute time taking only 18 minutes, significantly lower than the national average of 26 minutes.

Whether you’re relocating to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Saginaw could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Michigan if you know where to look. Don't forget to determine what matters most to you in a neighborhood. Consider factors such as safety, proximity to work or school, access to amenities (like parks, fitness facilities, grocery stores, restaurants), public transportation options, community atmosphere and the overall vibe you're looking for. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, health & safety, education, you can easily compare the best places to live in Saginaw and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Saginaw to Michigan and the national average.

Using data and statistics Saginaw has received a livability score of 62/100. This score is ranked in the 49th percentile when compared to all other cities. There are nine total categories that generate the livability score. Saginaw ranks well for housing (B) Unfortunately for Saginaw, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: amenities (F), crime (F), education (F) and employment (F).

For home buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they will ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their Saginaw apartments will most likely be their largest expense. Based on tangible metrics like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates, housing in this area has received a score that is well above the average of every other US city. A thriving real estate market can also generate strong local economic activity and job creation.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are attainable, we'll need to know if the real estate in Saginaw is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Saginaw come in at $41,500, which is 67.5% lower than the Michigan average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Saginaw, the home price to income ratio is 1.4, which is 44% lower than the Michigan average.

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      Saginaw transportation information

      Statistic Saginaw Michigan National
      Average one way commute18min24min26min
      Workers who drive to work77.8%82.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool14.1%8.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.7%1.4%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.8%0.5%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.4%2.2%2.8%
      Working from home3.9%3.7%4.6%
      Source: The Saginaw, MI data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).