Live, Work & Play
Bay County is located 100 miles north of Detroit, at the south end of Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron and is an integral part of the Great Lakes Bay Region of the lower peninsula of Michigan close to the city, the country, the woods and the lakes. Whether running a business, raising children, or planning to retire, Bay County beckons with a relaxed, water-oriented lifestyle where a little business travelin’ music goes a long, long way.
Bay County boasts 3,200 acres of natural terrain, including Tobico Marsh refuge on the Great Midwestern Migratory Flyway. Tobico is the largest natural wetlands on the western shore of the Saginaw Bay and annually attracts thousands of visitors.
Schools: Primary & Secondary Education
Bay County Schools have taken a leadership role in bringing new technology and techniques to the classroom to ensure superior quality in public and private elementary and secondary education. The Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Business & Education Partnership ensures the participation of the business community in helping to provide world-class opportunities for all area students. Six public and private school systems provide 32 elementary schools, 6 middle schools and 7 senior high schools.
There are 9 higher education institutions, colleges and universities within 50 miles offering excellent undergraduate and graduate programs.
- Saginaw Valley State University
- Delta College
- Central Michigan University
- University of Michigan - Flint
- Alma College
- Kettering University
- Northwood University
- Davenport University
- Baker College
The Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District Career Center offers 25 vocational/technical training programs to high school and post-high school students to meet local industry needs.
Health Care Services
Full-service hospitals serve the Bay Area. Bay City’s own 400-bed acute-care hospital, McLaren Bay Region, provides specialty, primary and preventive services including cardiovascular, neuroscience, women's health, orthopedics, rehabilitation, home health and hospice care, EMS and oncology. McLaren Bay Region has been a national leader for patient safety excellence and continues to focus on quality care for our community. Covenant HealthCare and St. Mary’s of Michigan, located in Saginaw, and MidMichigan Medical Center, located in Midland, offers a variety of specialty health care services. Covenant HealthCare also has satellite services in Bay County.
Bay County utility rates are consistently below regional, statewide and national averages.
Consumers Energy provides gas and electric service to most areas outside the City of Bay City. Consumers also produces steam, hydroelectric, pumped storage and nuclear power. Bay City Electric Light and Power Company contracts with Consumers Energy to provide inexpensive energy to the City of Bay City and a few areas outside the community.
Bay County Metropolitan Water Plant has a rated capacity of 40 mgpd (million gallons per day) and presently averages an output of 10 mgpd. Bay City Wastewater Treatment Plant has a maximum capacity of 18.5 mgpd and a current average daily flow of 10 mgpd. West Bay County Wastewater System averages a daily flow of 4.35 mgpd from its 10.8 mgpd-capacity facility.