Buena Vista, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Buena Vista, Michigan - Basic Facts

The Buena Vista Census Designated Place had a population of 6,141 as of July 1, 2017. Buena Vista ranks in the upper quartile for 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 Buena Vista is located at latitude 43.4173 and longitude -83.8989 in Saginaw County. The formal boundaries for the Buena Vista Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.42 sq. miles and a water area of 0.05 sq. miles. Saginaw County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 604 feet.

The Buena Vista Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2393354) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Buena Vista Census Designated Place is located within Charter Township of Buena Vista, a minor civil division (MCD) of Saginaw County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Buena Vista population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Buena Vista, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 6,141
Daytime Population: Workers 1,857
Daytime Population: Residents 4,540
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 6,397
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.04
Population in Households 6,042
Population in Familes 4,807
Population in Group Qrtrs 99
Population Density2 1,389
Diversity Index3 52


Median Household Income $27,186
Average Household Income $37,503
Per Capita Income $15,597


Total Housing Units 3,117 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,438 (46.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,071 (34.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 608 (19.5%)
Median Home Value $45,712
Average Home Value $72,689


Total Households 2,509
Average Household Size 2.41
Family Households 1,586
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -1.43% -1.22%
Households -1.34% -1.13%
Families -1.58% -1.29%
Median Household Income   0.11%
Per Capita Income   1.86%

Buena Vista, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Buena Vista to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 154 78th
Population Density # 229 67th
Diversity Index # 50 93rd
Median Household Income # 680 2nd
Per Capita Income # 675 3rd

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