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Welcome to Bay City ...
Bay City was founded in 1837 and was incorporated in 1865.
When the people of Bay City refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Bay Cityan<2>
From the Census Estimates for 2019, Bay City has a population of 32,661 people<3> (see below for details).
The community of Bay City is 600 feet [183 m] above sea level.<4>.
Time Zone: Bay City lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time
The area code for Bay City: (989)
The ZIP codes for Bay City: 48706-48708<5>
Going back to its beginning, Bay City was originally named Lower Saginaw. For more information about the names of Bay City, see The Names of Bay City on our Genealogy Page.
Websites for Bay City ...
Official Website: www.baycitymi.org/
Chamber of Commerce: www.baycityarea.com/
Population Details ...
Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Bay City had an population of 32,661 people. This is a decrease of 6.5% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 11.29% since the 2000 Census).
At the time of the 2010 Census, Bay City had a population of 34,932 people (which is 32.41% of the total population of Bay County). This makes Bay City the county's 2nd most populous community.
The population of Bay City represents 0.35% of the total population of Michigan (which has 9,883,640 people), making it the state's 32nd most populous community.
With a 2010 count of 34,932 people, the population of Bay City decreased 5.12% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 36,817 people).
More information can be found on the Census Page for Bay City.
Communities Also Named Bay City ...
Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 10 communities that are also named Bay City - they are located in Colorado, Florida (2), Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.
For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Bay City.
Communities near Bay City ...
We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Bay City.
To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...
We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.
We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Bay City. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Bay City.
Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Bay City. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Bay City.
We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Bay City. Our list includes 72 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Bay City.
TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Bay City ...
Looking for more information about Bay City? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.
In addition to the Tourism page for Bay City, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Bay City.
Adding Bay City to Our Gazetteer ...
We originally found mention of Bay City in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.
From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Bay City was on a map titled Road Map for Michigan (from Shell Oil, 1956).
We also found Bay City in the book titled .<8> From that list, the Bay City post office opened in 1858.
For more details, see References and Mentions for Bay City.
Off-the-Road Links ...
The official website for Bay City: www.baycitymi.org/
The official website for Bay County: www.co.bay.mi.us/
The official website for State of Michigan: https://www.michigan.gov/
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This page was last modified/updated: 21 Feb 2024