The Full Wiki

Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI MSA: Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.


(Redirected to Saginaw County, Michigan article)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Saginaw County, Michigan
Map of Michigan highlighting Saginaw County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Seat Saginaw
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

816 sq mi (2,113 km²)
809 sq mi (2,095 km²)
7 sq mi (18 km²), 0.84%
 - (2000)
 - Density

259/sq mi (100/km²)
Founded February 9, 1835 [1]

Saginaw County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 210,039 with the 2008 Census Bureau estimate placing the population at 200,745, making it the 10th most populated county in Michigan. The county seat is Saginaw[1]. The county was created by September 10, 1822, and was fully organized on February 9, 1835. Saginaw is a Native American term, perhaps having reference to the Sauk tribe who lived at the mouth of the river.[2] Another source opines that: "There are two possible derivations: from 'Sace-nong' or 'Sak-e-nong' (Sauk Town) because the Sauk (Sac) once lived there, or from Chippewa words meaning 'place of the outlet' from 'sag' (an opening) and 'ong' (place of)."[3] See List of Michigan county name etymologies.




Geographic features

The County has many lakes and rivers.



Scheduled airline service is available from MBS International Airport[6] near Freeland, Michigan and Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan.[7]. Harry Browne Airport[8] in Buena Vista Charter Township also serves the region.


US Highways

Michigan State Trunklines

Adjacent counties

National protected area


As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 210,039 people, 80,430 households, and 55,818 families residing in the county. The population density was 260 people per square mile (100/km²). There were 85,505 housing units at an average density of 106 per square mile (41/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 75.33% White, 18.62% Black or African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.80% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 2.88% from other races, and 1.95% from two or more races. 6.70% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 27.4% were of German, 7.2% Polish, 5.9% English, 5.6% Irish and 5.4% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 93.9% spoke English and 3.7% Spanish as their first language.

There were 80,430 households out of which 32.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.20% were married couples living together, 15.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.60% were non-families. 26.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.60% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 13.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,637, and the median income for a family was $46,494. Males had a median income of $40,514 versus $25,419 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,438. About 11.00% of families and 13.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.70% of those under age 18 and 9.50% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics

The county government operates the jail, maintains rural roads, operates the major local courts, keeps files of deeds and mortgages, maintains vital records, administers public health regulations, and participates with the state in the provision of welfare and other social services. The county board of commissioners controls the budget but has only limited authority to make laws or ordinances. In Michigan, most local government functions — police and fire, building and zoning, tax assessment, street maintenance, etc. — are the responsibility of individual cities and townships.

Saginaw County elected officials

All countywide officers are elected for four-year terms. The next scheduled election for these offices is November 4, 2008.

(information as of September 2005)

Cities, villages, and townships

Map of Saginaw County indicating its various political subdivisions. Cities are indicated by yellow, villages by maroon. The major rivers and streams within the County are also indicated.



Under Michigan law, villages are municipal corporations but are not independent of the townships in which they are located. A village resident also is a resident of a township, is liable for taxes to both units of government and may vote in both village and township elections, if eligible.


Unincorporated Places

Notable natives

See also: Category:People from Saginaw, Michigan\

  • Theodore Roethke (1908 - 1963) Pulitzer prize and National Book Award winning poet was born and buried here.

Historical markers

There are twenty eight recognized historical markers in the county:[11] They are:

  • Bliss Park
  • Burt Opera House / Wellington R. Burt
  • Coal Mine No. 8
  • The Cushway House / Benjamin Cushway and Adelaide Cushway
  • First Congregational Church [Saginaw]
  • Fowler Schoolhouse (Fremont Township)
  • Frankenmuth / Saint Lorenz Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn
  • Freeland United Methodist Church
  • George Nason House
  • Hess School
  • Hoyt Library
  • Leamington Stewart House
  • Michigan's German Settlers
  • Morseville Bridge
  • Presbyterian Church of South Saginaw
  • Saginaw Club
  • Saginaw Oil Industry
  • Saginaw Post Office
  • Saginaw Valley Coal
  • Saginaw Valley Lumbering Era
  • St. Mary's Hospital
  • Saint Michael Catholic Parish
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Mission
  • Shroeder House
  • Theodore Roethke / Childhood Home

See also


Further reading

External links

Coordinates: 43°20′N 84°03′W / 43.33°N 84.05°W / 43.33; -84.05


Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address