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Saginaw, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of Saginaw had a population of 48,914 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Saginaw: Fort Saginaw.

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Saginaw, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 48,914
Daytime Population: Workers 30,274
Daytime Population: Residents 31,358
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 61,632
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.26
Population in Households 47,377
Population in Familes 36,623
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,537
Population Density2 2,859
Diversity Index3 71


Median Household Income $28,829
Average Household Income $39,476
Per Capita Income $16,013


Total Housing Units 23,574 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,898 (46.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,957 (33.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,719 (20.0%)
Median Home Value $56,085
Average Home Value $73,257


Total Households 18,855
Average Household Size 2.51
Family Households 11,453
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.71% -0.81%
Households -0.67% -0.79%
Families -0.92% -0.95%
Median Household Income   0.35%
Per Capita Income   1.92%

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, 2017 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 # 27 96th
Population Density # 76 89th
Diversity Index # 5 99th
Median Household Income # 671 3rd
Per Capita Income # 667 4th

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