Introduction to Bay City, Michigan

Bay City, Michigan, in Bay county, is 12 miles N of Saginaw, Michigan and 97 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan. The city is included in the Saginaw - Bay City - Midland metropolitan area.

Bay City History

Leon Trombley was the first permanent settler in this area. It was founded in 1837 and was formally known as "Lower Saginaw." When Bay County was formed in 1857 this area was renamed Bay City. It was officially incorporated in 1865. The years following the incorporation saw rapid economic growth in the area. The most important industries in those years were milling, lumbering and shipbuilding.

Bay City and nearby Attractions

  • Veterans Memorial Park
  • Wenonah Park
  • Saginaw River
  • Bay County Historical Museum
  • Bay City State Recreation Area
  • Riverwalk/Railtrail Loop

Things To Do In Bay City

Bay City is famous for its vibrant cultural life. The city is host to several celebrations and festivals which are mainly organized in the summer months. Some of these festivals are St. Stan's Polish Festival, River Roar, the Pig Gig Rib Roast, the Independence Day Fireworks Festival and the River of Time.

Bay City Transportation

The MBS International Airport provides regular air transportation.

Bay City Higher Education

Some institutions for higher education in the neighboring areas are Saginaw Valley State University and Delta College.


Total Population 34,402
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 13.2%
Employed Population 16+ 14,078
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 38.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.2%
Median Earnings25+ $27,733
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,797
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,223


Median Family Income $44,886
% Above Poverty Level 77.8%
% Below Poverty Level 22.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%


People Living Alone 35.3%
Median Gross Rent $575
Median House Value $67,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.1%
US/American 0%
English 7%
Irish 9.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bay City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles N of Saginaw, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 97 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan
County Bay
Metro Area Saginaw - Bay City - Midland
Standard Zip Codes 48706, 48708
P.O. Box Zip Codes 48707
Company Zip Codes 48710
Phone Area Codes 989
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.594
Longitude -83.888

Bay City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.5 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 54 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 41 to 59 F
Annual Precip 31.2 inches
Distance 10.7 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 31.5 inches
Distance 25.6 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 28 F
Apr Temp 31 to 54 F
Jul Temp 55 to 81 F
Oct Temp 35 to 59 F
Annual Precip 30.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Auburn 2,175 $69,022
Bridgeport 6,574 $50,082
Essexville 3,432 $62,071
Midland 41,995 $72,884
Reese 1,690 $58,333
Saginaw 50,288 $33,813

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bay City Public Libraries

Bay County Library System
Bay City, Michigan
(989) 894-2837
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Bay City Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(517) 894-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Bay City High Schools

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Serves 1,677 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

Serves 887 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.2

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A Title I School.
Serves 262 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 33.6

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