Saranac, Michigan

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Saranac, Michigan

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High Points

Saranac strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Michigan):

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Affordability of Rents
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Top 3% trophy Saranac Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Saranac, Michigan

Comparing Saranac to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Michigan (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 8 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 6
Senior Citizens 7 8
Well-Paid Single Men 5 3
Age of the Population 5 7
Racial Diversity 4 3
Male Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 3 4
Portion of People Married 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 6 4
People in Middle Class or Better 5 4
People Above Poverty 5 4
College Educated Adults 4 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 9 10
Walking and Biking to Work 8 8
Public Transportation Use 7 6
Short Commute Times 5 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
Affordability of Rents 9 10
People Living Alone 8 8
Housing Recently Built 4 6
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 5

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Saranac Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 23 miles E of Grand Rapids, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 117 miles W of Detroit, Michigan
County Ionia
Standard Zip Codes 48881
Phone Area Codes 616
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.929
Longitude -85.213

Saranac Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station IONIA 2 SSW
Distance 6.7 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 28 F
Apr Temp 35 to 55 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 59 F
Annual Precip 35.8 inches
Distance 18.8 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 57 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches
Distance 32.6 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 59 F
Annual Precip 33.8 inches
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Saranac Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,326 100%
Male 599 45.2%
Female 727 54.8%
Under 18 358 27%
18+ 968 73%
65+ 238 17.9%
Median Age 36.8
Average Family Size 3.03
White 1,301 98.1%
African-American 1 0.1%
Asian 4 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0.1%
Other 9 0.7%
Mixed Race 9 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 18 1.4%

Estimated Saranac Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,332
Growth 6
Growth % 0.5%

Saranac Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
US/American 23.4%
German 20.5%
English 18.1%
Irish 7.3%
Dutch 7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.4%
Polish 2.8%
Scotch-Irish 2.2%
Scottish 1.9%
French (except Basque) 1.6%
French Canadian 1.5%
Italian 1.4%
Danish 1.3%
Swedish 1.1%
Swiss 0.8%
European 0.7%
Welsh 0.7%
Norwegian 0.6%
Latvian 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
Finnish 0.3%
Israeli 0.2%
British 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Saranac 1,326 $41,250
Belding 5,877 $37,111
Clarksville 317 $53,750
Freeport 444 $46,667
Ionia 10,569 $45,794
Lake Odessa 2,272 $41,379
Lowell 4,013 $49,145

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Saranac Public Library
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(616) 642-9146

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Saranac High Schools (2004)

Serves 370 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

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1. Bourbon, Missouri 85.4   33.3% 16% 9.7% 25 $35,294 7.2% 1.1% 1,348 14.2% 51.2 0.2% 18.6
2. Watervliet, Michigan 81.3   27.9% 13.6% 8.7% 21 $42,391 6.1% 2.6% 1,843 6.9% 69.5 0.5% 6
3. Benton, Tennessee 80.5   32.2% 14.2% 6% 26 $31,146 7.4% 1.1% 1,138 20.4% 46.6 0.4% 6.2
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