is a county
in the U.S. state
. As of the 2000 census
, the population was 210,039 with the 2007 Census Bureau estimate placing the population at 202,268. The county seat
. The county was created by September 10, 1822 and was fully organized on February 9, 1835.
is a Native American
term, perhaps having reference to the Sauk
tribe who lived at the mouth of the river. 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). See List of Michigan county name etymologies
The County has many lakes and rivers.
Michigan State Trunklines
As of the census
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
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.
The county government operates the jail
, maintains rural roads, operates the
major local courts, keeps files of deeds and mortgages, maintains vital records
regulations, and participates with the state in the provision of welfare and
other social services. The county board of commissioners
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
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.
See also: People from Saginaw, Michigan
- Theodore Roethke (1908 - 1963) Pulitzer prize and National Book Award winning poet was born and buried here.
There are twenty eight recognized historical markers in the county: They are: