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Welcome to Bay City ...

The city of Bay City is located in Bay County<1> and is the County Seat for Bay County.

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).

Bay City was founded in 1837 and was incorporated in 1865.

Going back to its beginning, The community of 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.

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 telephone area code for Bay City: (989)

The ZIP codes for Bay City: 48706-48708<5>

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 (or 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 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 have 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.

  • Saginaw (11 miles [17.7 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saginaw
    • Saginaw lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the south of Bay City and is located in Saginaw County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 47,823 people
    • Former names for Saginaw:
    • East Saginaw
    • Saginaw City
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saginaw
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saginaw<7>
  • Midland (17 miles [27.4 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Midland
    • Midland lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the west of Bay City and is located in Midland County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 41,769 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Midland
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Midland<7>
  • Frankenmuth (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frankenmuth
    • Frankenmuth lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the southeast of Bay City and is located in Saginaw County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,655 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Frankenmuth have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Frankenmuth
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Frankenmuth<7>
  • Auburn (9 miles [14.5 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Auburn
    • Auburn lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the west of Bay City and is located in Bay County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,069 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Auburn
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Auburn<7>
  • Zilwaukee city (8 miles [12.9 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Zilwaukee city
    • Zilwaukee city lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the south of Bay City and is located in Saginaw County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,517 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Zilwaukee city have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Zilwaukee city
  • Reese (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reese
    • Reese lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the southeast of Bay City and is located in Saginaw County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,366 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Reese have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reese
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Reese<7>
  • Pinconning (18 miles [29 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pinconning
    • Pinconning lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the north of Bay City and is located in Bay County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,219 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pinconning have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pinconning
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pinconning<7>
  • Fairgrove (17 miles [27.4 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fairgrove
    • Fairgrove lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the east of Bay City and is located in Tuscola County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 528 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fairgrove have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairgrove
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fairgrove<7>
  • Akron (18 miles [29 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Akron
    • Akron lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the east of Bay City and is located in Tuscola County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 373 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Akron
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Akron<7>
  • Frankenlust (4 miles [6.4 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frankenlust
    • Frankenlust lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<6> to the southwest of Bay City and is located in Bay County
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Frankenlust

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.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Bay City was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Bay City

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Bay City on our Genealogy Page.

Recent Changes to RoadsideThoughts ...

Mentions & References for Bay City

Visit our Community Index for Michigan

About Bay County

About Michigan

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/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Michigan's counties, including Bay, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Bay City refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Bay City may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Bay City.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Bay City - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Bay City). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Bay City or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Bay City includes: 48706, 48707 & 48708.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bay City) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bay City. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bay CityOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bay City. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.5956, Longitude: -83.8882    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.




 

 

 

 

 


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