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Saginaw, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of Saginaw had a population of 49,283 as of July 1, 2016. Saginaw ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Michigan. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Saginaw is located at latitude 43.4199 and longitude -83.9502 in Saginaw County. The formal boundaries for the City of Saginaw (see map below) encompass a land area of 17.11 sq. miles and a water area of 0.73 sq. miles. Saginaw County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 577 feet.

The City of Saginaw (GNIS ID: 1627020) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Saginaw population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Saginaw: Fort Saginaw.

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Saginaw, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 49,283
Population in Households 47,751
Population in Familes 36,979
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,532
Population Density1 2,881
Diversity Index2 71


Total Households 19,113
Average Household Size 2.5
Family Households 11,653
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 23,513 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 11,164 (47.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,949 (33.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,400 (18.7%)
Median Home Value $54,469
Average Home Value $70,736


Median Household Income $27,669
Average Household Income $37,880
Per Capita Income $15,474
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.7% -0.62%
Households -0.56% -0.52%
Families -0.8% -0.67%
Median Household Income   -0.13%
Per Capita Income   1.22%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Saginaw, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Saginaw to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 26 96th
Population Density1 # 74 89th
Diversity Index2 # 4 99th
Median Household Income # 671 3rd
Per Capita Income # 666 4th

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