Is it homeschooling friendly?
**I don't h/s but there are a lot around this area that do.Or are there good preschool/ elementary schools?
** I love the charter school. It is a k-12 college prepratory school. My daughter is in her second year there and she does very well with the structure. There are doctor's children, non advanced educated people's children, Arfrican American and girls/teachers that wear head coverings. They encourage parental involvment. They encourage community projects (for example Empathy Quilts where the children and parents bring in squares of fabric and they sew them into quilts for the less fortunate in the area after school every other Monday). There are lots of elementary and middle schools, 4 high schools (2 in town and 2 farther out), at least one Christian school, that is what I know of there may be more.LLL?
**Midland has their own LLL the 4th Tuesday of every month. You can also attend the ones in Bay City and Saginaw if you don't mind a 20-25 minute drive.What is the town like?
**Well many people feel it is pretty much a "Dow" town. One can easily feel that if they don't work for Dow they don't rank very high on the radar but if popularity isn't an issue then you probably wouldn't care less. There are places to go like a Nature Center, Dow Gardens, the Pierre-Marquette Rail Trail, LOTS of parks, playgrounds, a big community center, 2 sprayparks, 1 outdoor community pool that was just remodeled, Gymnastic Training Center, a Tennis Center, and soccer is BIG here, and I'm sure more that I've forgot. There is a mall that has a playland with things to climb over for younger kids, a barnes and noble with a train table, and it makes a good place to walk indoors x#of laps=x#miles type thing.How is the cost of living?
**This I can't help too much on. It is cheaper than where I used to love (Petoskey Michigan read Tourist Town), but I think it is pretty good. Not California that is for SURE!
Maybe someone else can help you more there. We are still at the bottom of the food chain so I don't have a lot of experience in that department.
It isn't Ann Arbor or Austin but it is a LOT better than some areas. We have health food stores (no TJ's, WF's, or WO's). I like that whether you live in Bay City, Saginaw, or Midland, you are just 20-25 minutes away from what you might need. Saginaw has a hospital with a NICU that can take a 23 wk baby. There is an OB that accepts VBAmC's. Three homebirth midwives. Lots of Medwives if that is your thing too.
I'm sure I've missed stuff. Anyone else?