Live Here

A beautiful community with a river running through the downtown, plenty of parks, and walkable streets - it’s all here in Saginaw. 

Saginaw County is an incredible place to live! Here, a young professional, family or retiree has everything they need to enjoy life. That includes a low cost of living. Saginaw has one of the lowest costs of living in the country, making it easy to buy a home and have money left over to have fun. Imagine what it would mean to cut your housing cost by 30 or even 50 percent. When moving from a big city to Saginaw, it’s possible. 

The Region also has quality schools and five colleges, making it possible to go from Kindergarten through college without leaving home - ideal for growing and intergenerational families. 

When it comes to recreation, Saginaw County is rich in that as well. There is an exceptional 82-acre trail system, 541 acres of park land, 26 public & private golf courses, fishing and other water activities, an art museum, children’s museum, zoo, Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark, the Dow Event Center and more! Frankenmuth - a Bavarian Village and the location of the world’s largest Christmas store are also located in the county. There is always something to do in Saginaw County and with very little traffic - it’s easy to get there!

Diverse and Welcoming 

Saginaw County is open and welcoming to people from all over the world. The diversity of our community has created a rich experience for residents with little communities from different countries making their home here. Saginaw Valley State University sister university is Jinan University in Guangzhou, China.  The Japanese Cultural Center, Tea House and Gardens of Saginaw is one of the most authentic tea houses in North America – built completely of wood without the use of nails, screws or glue.

Cost of Living

Saginaw County is one of the least expensive areas in the United States!

According to Sperling’s Best Places, Saginaw County has an overall cost-of-living of 79.3, well below the United States average of 100. An amount below 100 means that Saginaw County, MI is far less expensive than the US average, but that doesn’t mean that Saginaw County lacks resources or entertainment. The opposite is true. There are abundant outdoor recreation and water activities, shopping, restaurants, live music venues, museums and everything a family needs to enjoy life. 

With affordable housing and an inexpensive business environment, Saginaw County is a great place to live and invest in.

About Saginaw County

Saginaw County is located in the central portion of Michigan’s lower peninsula, in the economically diverse Great Lakes Bay Region (Saginaw, Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella and Midland Counties). We are strategically located – a short drive from major metropolitan attractions, Canada and pristine nature attractions.

The Great Lakes Bay Region is the largest watershed in Michigan, making it a place rich with natural resources. The Saginaw River and eight different rivers intertwine and drain into the Saginaw Bay which is connected to Lake Huron.

A growing economy, outstanding healthcare, low cost of living, award-winning schools, and diverse housing options are all available in Saginaw. Our Region has a vibrant, big-city feel with small city expenses and charm!