Saginaw, MI


Highest Appreciating Saginaw Neighborhoods Since 2000

Saginaw, MI Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q1 2017. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2015 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Saginaw Housing Market Information

With a population of 49,347, 19,286 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $39,832, house prices in Saginaw are some of the most affordable in Michigan as well as the nation.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Saginaw, accounting for 76.41% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Saginaw include duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 11.75%), large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 9.22%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 2.36%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Saginaw are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 58.42% owning and 41.58% renting.

At the end of World War II, American soldiers returned home triumphant and, with the help of the GI Bill, built homes by the millions on the edges of America's cities. These homes were predominantly capes and ranches, modest in size, but built to house a growing middle-class as the 20th century became the American century. Saginaw's housing was primarily built during this period, from the '40s through the '60s. A full 45.16% of the city's housing hails from this era. Other housing ages represented in Saginaw include homes built before 1939 ( 41.22%) and housing constructed between 1970-1999 ( 11.44%). There's also some housing in Saginaw built between 2000 and later ( 2.18%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Saginaw. Fully 20.07% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Saginaw homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Saginaw real estate prices below levels they could achieve if vacant housing was absorbed into the market and became occupied. Housing vacancy rates are a useful measure to consider, along with other things, if you are a home buyer or a real estate investor.

Saginaw Home Appreciation Rates

Homes have actually lost value in Saginaw over the last then years, as home values have seen a decline of 32.01% during the ten year period. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout appreciation rate data shows Saginaw home appreciation rates at -2.71%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of -10.42%.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Saginaw that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Saginaw real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Saginaw appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 7.55%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 84.39% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Saginaw. Saginaw appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at -2.71%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of -10.42%.

Notably, Saginaw's appreciation rate in the latest quarter is one of the lowest in America.

Relative to Michigan, our data show that Saginaw's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 70% of the other cities and towns in Michigan.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Saginaw differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Saginaw - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Saginaw real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,034,000 0.2
$776,001 - $1,034,000 0.1
$517,001 - $776,000 0.0
$414,001 - $517,000 0.0
$310,001 - $414,000 0.6
$207,001 - $310,000 0.6
$103,001 - $207,000 5.1
$52,001 - $103,000 31.2
$0 - $52,000 62.1

Very Low for MI
Very Low for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
99.8300714871675 99.8397435897436

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Saginaw Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2016 Q4 - 2017 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q1
-23.12% -1.51% 1 1
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$797 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 58.42
Renters 41.58
Vacant 20.07

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 2.2
1970 - 1999 11.4
1940 - 1969 45.2
1939 or Older 41.2

Types of Homes

Single-Family 76.4
Townhomes 2.4
Small Apt. Buildings 11.7
Apt. Complexes 9.2
Mobile Homes 0.2
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 1.37
1 Bedroom 10.06
2 Bedrooms 31.27
3 Bedrooms 39.88
4 Bedrooms 14.27
5 or more bedrooms 3.15