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Saginaw is a city in Saginaw County.

It is the county seat.

The community name derives from Ojibway, for a place where the Sauks lived.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Michigan named Saginaw. For links to other places called Saginaw, MI, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Saginaw is 43.419N. The longitude is -83.95W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 584 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 59,235.


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Median household income
Local
$26,485
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Saginaw demographic reports
Saginaw is on the Saginaw River
Settled as a fur-trading post in 1816. Later became a lumber town, then a coal-producing area.
Public transportation: Saginaw Transit Authority Regional Service (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,640. The number of murders and homicides was 16. The violent crime rate was 27.2 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Stevie Wonder, musician
· Theodore Roethke, poet
· Bob Buhl, baseball player
· S. Epatha Merkerson, actress
Nearby parks & recreation: Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge
Historic sites and museums: Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Saginaw Art Museum
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 95
Quotes:
Tocqueville had been wrong about Saginaw. It was not really the last American outpost of civilization.
-- American Journey
Richard Reeves

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Ancestry & family history

16% of Saginaw residents report German ancestry, and 5% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Saginaw ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Saginaw was $13,816, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

10% of Saginaw residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Saginaw, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $347.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $607.


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Libraries in Saginaw include Butman-Fish Library, Claytor Library, Hoyt Public Library, Rudolph C. Zauel Memorial Library, Ruth Brady Wickes Library, Thomas Township Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Saginaw include Saginaw News

TV stations in Saginaw include WAQP, WEYI.

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Saginaw County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Saginaw political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Saginaw workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 15 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Saginaw between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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“ Tocqueville had been wrong about Saginaw. It was not really the last American outpost of civilization. ”
~ American Journey
Richard Reeves

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