Introduction to Saline, Michigan

Saline, Michigan, in Washtenaw county, is 7 miles S of Ann Arbor, Michigan (center to center) and 36 miles N of Toledo, Ohio. The city has a population of 8,034.

Saline History

Native Americans were the original inhabitants of this area. Before white settlers arrived, the area was well known for its wildlife and salt deposits. French explorers, who arrived in the 18th century, were primarily involved in harvesting salt. They named the river "Saline", which is a French word meaning "salty" or "saline". Numerous English and German settlers arrived in in the 19th century. Orange Risdon, a surveyor, is credited with founding the community. Along with other residents, he christened the town "Saline", after the river. Saline was officially established in 1832, and was incorporated as a city in 1931.

Saline and Nearby Attractions

  • Monroe County Historical Museum
  • Croswell Opera House
  • Hudson Mills Metropolitan Park
  • Hidden Lake Gardens
  • Furstenberg Nature Area

Things To Do In Saline

Plymouth Historical Museum, Lenawee County Historical Society Museum, and Monroe County Historical Museum, all located within 20 miles of Saline, showcase exhibits reflecting the historical and cultural background of the region. The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum has interactive exhibits, and includes a rock wall and a preschool gallery. Croswell Opera House is a historic site located close to the city. Various recreational facilities, including golf courses, are available at the Lower Huron Metropolitan Park, and Hudson Mills Metropolitan Park. Pinckney State Recreation Area, Delhi Metropark, and Dexter-Huron Metropark offer opportunities for fishing, picnicking, and canoeing. Hidden Lake Gardens is another popular place to visit near Saline. In addition, the community organizes the popular Celtic Festival, which is an annual event featuring historical reenactments and live entertainment.

Saline Transportation

Ann Arbor Municipal Airport is the nearest major airport.

Saline Higher Education

Colleges near Saline are Washtenaw Community College, University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, and Madonna University.


Total Population 9,020
Male Share of the Population 46.6%
Female Share of the Population 53.4%
Senior Citizens 17.3%
Employed Population 16+ 4,681
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 49.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 51%
Median Earnings25+ $50,069
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,607


Median Family Income $96,955
% Above Poverty Level 96.2%
% Below Poverty Level 3.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 7.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 34.3%
Median Gross Rent $749
Median House Value $196,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.2%
US/American 0%
English 12.7%
Irish 14.1%

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

Saline Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles S of Ann Arbor, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 36 miles N of Toledo, Ohio
County Washtenaw
Standard Zip Codes 48176
Phone Area Codes 734
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.166
Longitude -83.781

Saline Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 9.5 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 32.8 inches
Distance 9.8 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 35.3 inches
Station MILAN 4 ESE
Distance 10.9 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 31 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 30.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Saline, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bridgewater (48115)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ann Arbor 116,194 $96,157
Barton Hills 289 $250
Britton 666 $57,411
Dexter 4,682 $93,750
Milan 5,929 $69,442

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

Saline Public Libraries

Saline District Library
555 N. MAPLE RD.
Saline, Michigan
(734) 429-5450
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Saline Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(734) 429-1500
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

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