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City of Frankenmuth

  •   State: 
    Saginaw County
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    43°19′56″N 83°44′21″W
      Area total: 
    3.17 sq mi (8.20 km²)
      Area land: 
    3.11 sq mi (8.05 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.06 sq mi (0.15 km²)
    637 ft (194 m)
    1845; Settled 1845; Incorporated 1904 (village) 1959 (city)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Saginaw, MI
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
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    Frankenmuth, Saginaw County, Michigan, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,604.05 residents per square mile of area (619.30/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Frankenmuth is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 4,944 at the 2010 census. Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, which bills itself as "the World's Largest Christmas Store", is located in Frankenmuth. The city's name is a combination of two words. Franken represents the Province of Franconia in the Kingdom of Bavaria from which the original settlers came, and the German word Mut means "courage" The most popular nickname is "Little Bavaria", in reference to the city's German heritage, but the city is also nicknamed "Muth". The German language is still prevalent in signage and speech, and German speakers continue to reside in the town. In 1938, the village hired its first village manager, Herbert L. Keinath. The village was incorporated as a city on October 1, 1959. The Cass River passes through the town, and it is also known as Frankenlust, Frankentrost, and Frankenhilf (now known as Richville) The city has a total area of 3.04 square miles (7.87 km²), of which 2.99 square miles [7.74 km²] is land and 0.05 sq miles (0.13 km²) is water. The community was originally part of Bridgeport Township and later Franken muth Township, Frankenm Ruth became a village in 1904. The area was settled and named by conservative Lutheran immigrants from Roßtal area of Fran Conia in Germany.


The area was settled and named by conservative Lutheran immigrants from Roßtal area of Franconia in Germany. The group of settlers left Germany aboard the Caroline on April 20, 1845, and arrived at Castle Garden in New York seven weeks later. The settlers selected a hilly area that reminded them of their native Mittelfranken and began building rough shelters there. The colonists pledged to remain loyal to Germany, specifically the Kingdom of Bavaria (German: Königreich Bayern), and to be faithful to the German language. Germans continued arriving until the start of the Second World War. In 1938, the village hired its first village manager, Herbert L. Keinath. Frankenmuth became a village in 1904. The village was incorporated as a city on October 1, 1959. The German language is still prevalent in signage and speech, and German speakers continue to reside in the town. In addition, the church of St. Lorenz offers monthly services in the Germanlanguage. The community was originally part of Bridgeport Township and later Frankenm Ruth Township. The nearby villages of Frankenlust, Frankentrost, and Frankenhilf (now known as Richville) further illustrate that the area remained a magnet for other Germans emigrating from the same region. The town has been preserved and passed down through the generations. It is now a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, and is home to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. The city is located on the banks of the Detroit River.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.04 square miles (7.87 km²) of which 2.99 square miles is land. The Cass River passes through the town. The city is located on the Mississippi River, which runs through the center of the city. The town is home to the University of Mississippi, which was founded in 1858. It is also home to Mississippi State University, which opened its doors in 1881. The university is a member of the Mississippi Valley School District and the National Association of Colleges and Employers. It also has its own chapter of the National Council of Teachers of English, which is based in the town of Mound City, Mississippi. It was founded by members of the Mound-Mound School District in 1872. It has a population of 1,856. The population of Cass County, Mississippi, was 1,744 at the time of the 2010 census. The state's population was 2,854 at the 2010 Census, and it is estimated to be 2,746 at the 2014 Census. The total area is 3,042.4 square miles, including 0.05 square miles of land (0.13 km² of water) and 2,99 square mile (7,74 km²), of which 0.01 square mile is land and 0.03 square mile(0.05km²) is water.


As of the census of 2010, there were 4,944 people, 2,200 households, and 1,313 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 97.4% White, 0.5% African American,0.2% Native American, and 0.8% Asian. There were 2,240 housing units at an average density of 821.2 per square mile (316.8/km²) The city's median income was $51,153, and the median income for a family was $71,667. Citizens with German ancestry formed nearly 53% of theCity population. The average household size was 2.14, with the average family size being 2.82. The median age in the City was 50.1 years, with 19.3% of residents under the age of 18; 5.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17. 9% were from 25 to 44; 28.9%. The city had a population density of 1,653.5 inhabitants per squaremile (638.4/km 2) in 2010. The city has a population of 4,838 people, with 2,396 housing units, and a median of 801.3 per sq mile (309.4 /km²). The city is located in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is based in Fort Worth, Texas. It is the state's only major urban center.


In late 2022, it was announced that the Bavarian Inn Lodge would break ground on a $80 million, 140,000 square foot expansion of the resort. The water park will become the largest indoor park in Michigan and the 4th largest in the world. Frankenmuth also attracts tourists with festivals and other events throughout the year. In addition to tourism, a significant number of residents in and around the community work in agriculture. The town has a population of about 3,000. It is located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and is located on the shores of Lake Michigan. The city's population is about 2,000, with the majority of residents living in the town of FrankenMuth. The community has a reputation for being friendly and welcoming to visitors. It also has a history of hosting festivals and events. It has been the site of several World War II-era battles, including the Battle of the Bulge, which took place in World War I. It was also the birthplace of the U.S. Civil War, which was fought from 18th century to the early 20th century. In the town's history, it has been known as the "Birthplace of the Red River" and the "Land of the Rising Sun" because of its location on the banks of the Little Red River. It's also known for being a popular tourist destination, especially in the winter months. In 2010, the town was the location of the Winter Olympics, which were held in Detroit. The Winter Games were also held in the city.


The strong influence of Franconian-style architecture can be found in most areas of the city. Most buildings in the commercial district, as well as many homes, feature stylistic interpretations of the timber-framed buildings found in the Franconia region of Germany. This style is marked by the use of timbers in "square" and "X" patterns on the outside of buildings. The use of 'X' patterns on windows, doors, and other building features is also a common feature of this style of architecture. The style is also used in the city's public buildings, such as schools, hospitals, and police stations. The city's commercial district is one of the most popular places to live in Germany, with many bars, restaurants, and shops located in the district. The commercial district also has a large number of hotels, many of which are located in and around the city centre. The district is also home to a number of museums, including the National Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Applied Arts and Science, which is located on the edge of the central district of Berlin. The area is also known as the "Franconian Quarter" due to the large amount of timber used in many of the buildings. It is also the birthplace of the composer Hans Holbein, who was born and raised in the region. The town's main square is called the "Bundesplatz" and is located near the centre of the town. It was once the site of the first railway station, which was built in the 17th century.


The city has a councilmanager form of government. The city is served by the Frankenmuth School District. It is located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and is located on the Michigan Turnpike. The town has a population of about 2,000. It has a reputation for being a good place to live and to visit. It also has a good reputation for its quality of life and the quality of its public schools.


Frankenmuth's Oktoberfest is considered one of the most important and popular autumn festivals in the United States. Frankenmuth Autofest is a three-day car show that draws over 2,500 classic cars, including muscle cars and street rods. The Great Lakes International Antique Fire Apparatus Association (GLIAFAA) holds their annual fire muster, complete with parade, at Heritage Park. Zehnder's SnowFest, which includes the U.S. Collegiate National Ice Carving Championships, is held the last Saturday in July. Michigan's Big Country Fest is an event showcasing country music held the third week of October. It is billed as "the world's largest Olympic-style fest for dogs" and features dock and disc dog competitions, sheep herding demonstrations, agility competition, a pet costume contest and parade, a wiener dog race, and other events. In conjunction with Dog Bowl is Balloons Over Bavarian Inn, a competitive event for hot air balloons featuring balloon glow events each night and balloon flights each morning and evening of the festival.

Places of interest

Zehnder's Holzbrücke is a wooden covered bridge, built in a style similar to those of the Black Forest or a river valley in Switzerland. A scale replica of the Silent-Night-Chapel, where "Silent Night" was originally performed in 1818, is located on the southern end of the property of Bronner's Furniture. The Harvey E. Kern Community Pavilion is the newest addition and has become a focal point of the park. The park also features four picnic pavilions, three ball diamonds, playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, basketball court, a 0.9-mile (1.4 km) riverwalk pathway, and several facilities for festivals. It is located at 601 Weiss Street and is home to many community activities, festivals, and large events. In addition to two lanes for automobile traffic, the bridge also has two pedestrian walkways. It was completed in 1979 and is 239 feet (73 m) in length. The floor joists and three-span Town lattice truss system of the bridge are made of 15,960 board feet (37.7 m3) of 4-inch (100 mm) planks. The portion receiving the greatest wear is of oak while the remaining portion is spruce. 20,000 board feet of Douglas Fir make up the rafters and the roof is shingled with cedar. An additional 4,340 board feet of pine was required for the bridge side boards.

Print media

The Frankenmuth News has been the town's primary newspaper since 1906. It is released on a weekly basis (Wednesday for news stands and Thursday for residential) and focuses on issues of local concern. The paper is published on a week-by-week basis and is available on news stands for $2.99 per issue.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Frankenmuth, Saginaw County, Michigan = 82. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 26. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 90. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Frankenmuth = 3.3 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 4,987 individuals with a median age of 44.8 age the population dropped by -3.71% in Frankenmuth, Saginaw County, Michigan population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,604.05 residents per square mile of area (619.30/km²). There are average 2.74 people per household in the 712 households with an average household income of $64,866 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 12.60% of the available work force and has dropped -8.77% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 9.86%. The number of physicians in Frankenmuth per 100,000 population = 225.2.


The annual rainfall in Frankenmuth = 32.5 inches and the annual snowfall = 36.9 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 115. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 172. 84 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 13.8 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 47, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Frankenmuth, Saginaw County, Michigan which are owned by the occupant = 87.73%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 44 years with median home cost = $175,430 and home appreciation of -1.38%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $12.95 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,973 per student. There are 19 students for each teacher in the school, 897 students for each Librarian and 574 students for each Counselor. 9.10% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 15.99% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 10.34% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Frankenmuth's population in Saginaw County, Michigan of 1,313 residents in 1900 has increased 3,8-fold to 4,987 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 49.80% female residents and 50.20% male residents live in Frankenmuth, Saginaw County, Michigan.

    As of 2020 in Frankenmuth, Saginaw County, Michigan are married and the remaining 28.53% are single population.

  • 19.9 minutes is the average time that residents in Frankenmuth require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    87.95% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 5.43% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.46% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 4.97% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Frankenmuth, Saginaw County, Michigan, 87.73% are owner-occupied homes, another 7.20% are rented apartments, and the remaining 5.07% are vacant.

  • The 47.58% of the population in Frankenmuth, Saginaw County, Michigan who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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