Bay City, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Bay City, Michigan - Basic Facts

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The City of Bay City had a population of 34,532 as of July 1, 2016. Bay City ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Michigan. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Bay City is located at latitude 43.5901 and longitude -83.8884 in Bay County. The formal boundaries for the City of Bay City (see map below) encompass a land area of 10.17 sq. miles and a water area of 1.04 sq. miles. Bay County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 594 feet.

The City of Bay City (GNIS ID: 1625892) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Bay City population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Bay City: Lower Saginaw.

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Bay City, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 34,532
Population in Households 34,017
Population in Familes 25,377
Population in Group Qrtrs 515
Population Density1 3,397
Diversity Index2 35


Total Households 14,342
Average Household Size 2.37
Family Households 8,369
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 16,116 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 9,542 (59.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,800 (29.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,774 (11.0%)
Median Home Value $73,913
Average Home Value $92,701


Median Household Income $35,535
Average Household Income $46,077
Per Capita Income $19,552
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.18% -0.31%
Households -0.1% -0.25%
Families -0.33% -0.4%
Median Household Income   -0.19%
Per Capita Income   1.37%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Bay City, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bay City to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 32 96th
Population Density1 # 56 92nd
Diversity Index2 # 114 84th
Median Household Income # 575 17th
Per Capita Income # 545 21st

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