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Saginaw County, Michigan
Seal of 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.
Founded February 9, 1835 [1]
Seat Saginaw
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

815.78 sq mi (2,113 km²)
808.93 sq mi (2,095 km²)
6.85 sq mi (18 km²), 0.84%
 - (2010)
 - Density

259/sq mi (100/km²)

Saginaw County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 200,169.[1] The county seat is Saginaw[2]. 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.[3] 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)."[4] See List of Michigan county name etymologies.

Geography[edit | edit source]

  • According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 815.78 square miles (2,112.9 km2), of which 808.93 square miles (2,095.1 km2) (or 99.16%) is land and 6.85 square miles (17.7 km2) (or 0.84%) is water.[5]
  • The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginaw is the controlling regional body for the Catholic Church.[6]
  • Saginaw is considered to be part of Flint/Tri-Cities.

Geographic features[edit | edit source]

The County has no natural lakes, but many rivers. The Saginaw River is the waterway that completes the Saginaw River Watershed, which is the largest watershed in the State of Michigan. Other rivers that source the Saginaw include Cass, Flint, Shiawassee, Bad, and Tittabawassee.

Airports[edit | edit source]

Scheduled airline service is available from MBS International Airport[8] near Freeland, Michigan and Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan.[9] Harry Browne Airport[10] in Buena Vista Charter Township also serves the region.

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Adjacent counties[edit | edit source]

National protected area[edit | edit source]

Demographics[edit | edit source]

As of the census[12] 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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

All countywide officers are elected for four-year terms. The next scheduled election for these offices is November of 2012.

(information as of June 2010)

Cities, villages, and townships[edit | edit source]

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.

Cities[edit | edit source]

Villages[edit | edit source]

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.

Townships[edit | edit source]

Unincorporated Places[edit | edit source]

Notable natives[edit | edit source]

See also: Category:People from Saginaw, Michigan\

  • Theodore Roethke (1908–1963) Pulitzer prize and National Book Award winning poet was born and buried here.
  • Robert Schindiette, Jr. Community activist, amateur videographer, undefeated court record

Historical markers[edit | edit source]

There are twenty eight recognized historical markers in the county:[13] 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[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

Further reading[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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

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