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City of Frankenmuth, Michigan

Nickname(s): Little Bavaria, Muth, The Muth
Location of Frankenmuth, Michigan.
Country United States
State Michigan
County Saginaw
Settled 1845
Incorporated (village) January 14, 1904
Incorporated (city) October 1, 1959
 • Type Commission-Manager
 • Mayor Gary C. Rupprecht
 • City Manager Charles B. Graham
 • Total 3.04 sq mi (7.87 km2)
 • Land 2.99 sq mi (7.74 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
Elevation 633 ft (193 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,944
 • Estimate (2012) 4,934
 • Density 1,653.5/sq mi (638.4/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip Code 48734
Area code(s) 989
FIPS code 26-30200
GNIS feature ID 0626405
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  • Transportation - All of our trailers are equipped with air-ride suspension systems to ensure the contents travel in the safest manner possible. All trucks are driven by professional household movers with the best training in the industry.
  • Unloading - Upon arrival, all items are inventoried as they are unloaded. When unloading, furniture, boxes and other belongings are placed in the rooms you designate. Assembly of beds, bookcases and other furniture is available upon request. Additionally, our household movers will protect your new home by using several types of floor runners to prevent stains or scratches on carpet and wood flooring.
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Frankenmuth (Get Relocation Prices for Frankenmuth, MI) is a city in Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 4,944 at the 2010 census. The city is located within Frankenmuth (Frankenmuth, Michigan Moving), but is politically independent. Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, which bills itself as "the World's Largest Christmas Store", is located in Frankenmuth. The most popular nickname is "Muth", but the city is also nicknamed "Little Bavaria" (see History below).


The city's name is a combination of two words. "Franken" represents the Province of Franconia in the Kingdom of Bavaria, home of the Franks, where the original settlers were from. The German word "Mut" means courage; thus, the name Frankenmuth (Get Move Prices for Frankenmuth, MI) means "courage of the Franconians." The area was settled and named in 1845 by conservative Lutheran immigrants from Roßtal area of Franconia (now part of Bavaria) in Germany. The group of settlers left Germany on April 20, 1845 and arrived at Castle Garden seven weeks later. They traveled via canals and the Great Lakes from New York to Detroit and arrived in August 1845. Sailing on the Nelson Smith, the settlers made their way to Saginaw and travelled over land to the present location the city of Frankenmuth. Originally part of Bridgeport Township and later Frankenmuth (Frankenmuth, MI Moving Reviews), Frankenmuth became a village in 1904 and finally a city on October 1, 1959

The nearby villages of Frankenlust, Frankentrost, and Frankenhilf illustrate that the area remained a magnet for other Germans from the same region even after it lost its original purpose as a mission post for the spread of Christianity to the Chippewa tribe.


According to the United States Census Bureau, 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 square miles (0.13 km2) is water. The Cass River winds through the town.


Frankenmuth (Get Moving Cost for Frankenmuth, MI), Michigan Visitor Center

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,944 people, 2,200 households, and 1,313 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,653.5 inhabitants per square mile (638.4 /km2). There were 2,396 housing units at an average density of 801.3 per square mile (309.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.4% White, 0.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population.

There were 2,200 households of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.5% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.3% were non-families. 37.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.82.

The median age in the city was 50.1 years. 19.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.9% were from 25 to 44; 28% were from 45 to 64; and 28.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 44.9% male and 55.1% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,838 people, 2,123 households, and 1,322 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,773.6 per square mile (684.2/km²). There were 2,240 housing units at an average density of 821.2 per square mile (316.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.80% White, 0.27% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.95% of the population.

Citizens with German ancestry form nearly 53% of the city population.

24.8% households have children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families. 35.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.4% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 28.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 80.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $51,153, and the median income for a family was $71,667. Males had a median income of $51,004 versus $29,959 for females. The per capita income for the city was $30,479. About 2.4% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.


Tourism and farming drive the local economy. Frankenmuth (Get Move Prices for Frankenmuth, MI) draws over three million tourists annually to its Bavarian-themed shops and restaurants such as the Bavarian Inn, Frankenmuth (Get Movers Quote for Frankenmuth, MI) Brewery, Zehnder's, and Bronner's Christmas Wonderland. Frankenmuth (Get Relocation Prices for Frankenmuth, MI) 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.


St. Lorenz Lutheran Church in Frankenmuth (Get Movers Prices for Frankenmuth, MI)

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, as well as the use of "X" patterns on windows, doors, and other building features. The concept of building with this unique Bavarian architecture came from an architect, Ed Beech, who was working for William "Tiny" Zehnder on a remodeling job of the Fischer Hotel.

Frankenmuth (Get Moves Quote for Frankenmuth, MI) School District

The Frankenmuth (Get Moves Quote for Frankenmuth, MI) School System is home of the Eagles, offering K-12 education. The District is separated into three schools: List Elementary School, E.F.R Rittmueller Middle School and Frankenmuth (Get Moving Estimate for Frankenmuth, MI) High School. Also in the district is St. Lorenz Lutheran, a parochial school. The Frankenmuth (Get Moving Cost for Frankenmuth, MI) mascot is the eagle. Frankenmuth (Get Movers Estimate for Frankenmuth, MI) is home to the Xavier Musketeers basketball player Brad Redford.



The World Expo of Beer

The World Expo of Beer is a community fund-raiser ran by the Frankenmuth (Get Movers Quote for Frankenmuth, MI) Jaycees, that helps different organizations in need of funding. The beneficiary differs from year to year. The event is held the second weekend of May at the Harvey Kern Pavilion.

Dog Bowl and Great Lakes Regional Hot Air Balloon Championships

The Dog Bowl is an Olympic-style series of many dog events illustrating many different breeds of dogs competing, held over Memorial Weekend in late May. Dock Dog competition is a nationally sanctioned event where dogs compete for distance, height and speed in retrieval from the water. The dogs leap at top speeds into a 30-foot-long (9.1 m) pool and are measured on these criteria. Disc Dog competitions track speed and distance of dogs catching discs. Wiener dog races with over 200 dogs racing in separate heats in the central courtyard of River Place.

Along with the day-long events are 40 hot air balloons competing from five Great Lakes Region states to achieve tasks in the air and drop bean bags on targets from the air in competition. Balloon glows are held on the Saturday and Sunday evenings with all balloons tethered to the ground at dusk displaying the balloon envelopes and allowing the public to walk amongst them.

Bavarian Fest


The Bavarian Fest began in 1959 in collaboration with the Grand Opening Celebration of the Bavarian-Style addition to Fischer's Hotel on the main street of the city by "Tiny" William Zehnder. In 1970, the event outgrew the parking lots of the Main Street restaurants and moved to what is now Heritage Park.

Visitors of all ages are invited to hear Bavarian music played by authentically dressed German bands, watch two parades, enjoy an expanded midway with rides and games, dance music, face painting, and a hands-on craft area.

Venues sell many varieties of German foods and desserts, along with imported and domestic beer.

Each year, over 100,000 people enjoy the annual Sunday Bavarian Festival Parade, usually featuring over 100 entries including marching bands, decorated floats, dance clubs, visiting dignitaries, entertainers, royalty, and that year's newly crowned Bavarian Princess and her Court.

The Bavarian Festival has been voted one of the "Top 5 Festivals in the State of Michigan" by AAA's Michigan Living Magazine. It is held in early June.

Summer Music Fest

Frankenmuth (Get Move Quote for Frankenmuth, MI)'s Summer Music Fest, now in its 22nd year, is a week long polka festival. The event is sponsored by Pepsi and takes place in Frankenmuth (Get Move Prices for Frankenmuth, MI)'s Heritage Park. The event draws over 25,000 visitors annually to Frankenmuth (Get Move Quote for Frankenmuth, MI).


In 1990, Frankenmuth (Get Move Quote for Frankenmuth, MI), also known as "Michigan's Little Bavaria," celebrated its first Oktoberfest. The Frankenmuth (Get Moving Prices for Frankenmuth, MI) Oktoberfest celebrates German culture, heritage and love. The goal of the festival is to retain as much of the Bavarian heritage of the region as possible. Frankenmuth (Get Move Cost for Frankenmuth, MI) is the first Oktoberfest outside of Munich to be sanctioned by the Parliament and the City of Munich.

Frankenmuth (Get Movers Prices for Frankenmuth, MI) SnowFest

Frankenmuth (Get Relocation Quote for Frankenmuth, MI) is also host to one of the top snow-sculpting events in North America, Zehnder's SnowFest, which includes the United States Collegiate National Ice Carving Championships.

Places of Interest

Covered Bridge

Zehnder's Holz Brucke (German for wooden bridge) looks as though it could have been plucked up from the Black Forest or a river valley in Switzerland and planted astride the Cass River in the middle of town. Though completed in 1979, the architects were faithful to traditional covered bridge timber framing techniques. The floor joists and three-span Town lattice truss system of the 239' bridge are made of 15,960 board feet of four inch planks. The portion receiving the greatest wear is of oak while the remaining portion is spruce. 20,000 board feet of Douglas (Douglas, Michigan Relocation Company) 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. In addition to two lanes for automobile traffic, the bridge also has two pedestrian walkways.

Heritage Park

Heritage Park is Frankenmuth (Get Move Cost for Frankenmuth, MI)'s most well-known park. It is located at 601 Weiss Street and is home to many community activities, festivals and large events. The Harvey E. Kern Community Pavilion is the newest addition and has become a focal point of the park. The park also features 4 picnic pavilions, 3 ball diamonds, playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, basketball court, riverwalk pathway (0.9 miles) and several facilities for festivals.

Print media

Frankenmuth (Get Move Prices for Frankenmuth, MI) News

The Frankenmuth (Get Move Estimate for Frankenmuth, MI) News has been Frankenmuth (Get Movers Quote for Frankenmuth, MI)'s primary newspaper since 1906. It is released on a weekly basis and focuses on issues of local concern.

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