Live & Work


Living in Shiawassee 


Shiawassee County blends small-town charm with easy access to big city amenities. The county remains largely rural, with just 72,000 people and nearly 70% of land still used for agriculture. People are friendly and welcoming, the cost of living is low, and schools are high quality with small class sizes. The county’s central location (within a 1.5 hour drive of Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Saginaw) also allows for residents to have a multitude of education, entertainment and healthcare options.

Housing costs in Shiawassee County are substantially lower than surrounding areas, making the area a very affordable place to live. There are also a wide variety of housing options, from apartment complexes to condominiums to historic single-family homes (the City of Owosso has the second most historical homes in the State of Michigan).


Shiawassee County and the surrounding region are home to a plethora of entertainment options, including sports, galleries and museums, performing arts and festivals and events.

Climate and Outdoor Activities

Shiawassee County has a seasonal climate, with warm, dry summers and cold, snowy winters.
Average Daily Temperature   High    Low    
July                                           79      54           
January                                     26        9           

Average Annual:
Precipitation in Inches           : 29 to 32
Snowfall in Inches: 40 to 60
Wind Speed in Miles per Hour: 10.1
Number of Days Sunny or Partly Sunny: 185
Elevation (Mean Feet Above Sea Level): 700 to 900 ft

The variation in climate allows for a wide variety of outdoor activities, including biking, golf, hiking, hunting and skiing (downhill and cross-country). Within a 1.5-hour drive from Shiawassee County, there is a plethora of golf courses, ski slopes, walking and hiking trails, bike paths, and hunting spots.

There are several nationally renowned hospitals in the region which handle all types of patient care. Shiawassee County is primarily served by Memorial Healthcare, a 148-bed facility in Owosso (with a staff of over 130 doctors) that stands at the forefront of medical technology innovation (they were recently named one of the country’s top 100 “Most Wired” hospitals by Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of The American Hospital Association.)