- Saginaw County, Michigan
Infobox U.S. County
county = Saginaw County
state = Michigan
map size = 225
founded = February 9, 1835 [http://www.saginawcounty.com/clerk/2005_clerk_directory.pdf]
seat = Saginaw | area_total_sq_mi =816
area percentage = 0.84%
census yr = 2000
pop = 210039
web = www.saginawcounty.com
Saginaw County is a county in the
U.S. stateof Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 210,039 with the 2007 Census Bureau estimate placing the population at 202,268. The county seatis SaginawGR|6. The county was created by September 10, 1822 and was fully organized on February 9, 1835.
Saginaw County is a Native American term, perhaps having reference to the
Sauktribe who lived at the mouth of the river. [ [http://clarke.cmich.edu/localhistory/Saginaw.htm Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University, Bibliography for Saginaw County.] ] 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)." [ [http://www.michigan.gov/hal/0,1607,7-160-15481_20826_20829-54126--,00.html Michigan County names per the Michigan government.] ] "See" List of Michigan county name etymologies.
*According to the
U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 816 square miles (2,113 km²), of which, 809 square miles (2,095 km²) of it is land and 7 square miles (18 km²) of it (0.84%) is water.
Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginawis the controlling regional body for the Catholic Church. [ [http://www.saginaw.org/ Saginaw County Diocese home page] ]
*Saginaw is considered to be part of
The County has many lakes and rivers.
Cass Riverhas many branches, one of which flows into the Shiawassee Riverin the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refugeat coord|43|22|42|N|83|59|04|W| less than a mile from where the Shiawassee merges with the Tittabawassee Riverto form the Saginaw River. The Refuge is entirely within Saginaw County. [ [* [http://midwest.fws.gov/shiawassee/ Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge Official site] ]
Michigan State Trunklines
* shore. [ [http://www.state-ends.com/michigan/m46/ M-46 Endpoint Photos.] ] This east-west surface route nearly bisects the Lower Peninsula of Michigan latitudinally.
Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 210,039 people, 80,430 households, and 55,818 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 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 incomefor 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 themajor local courts, keeps files of deeds and mortgages, maintains
vital records, administers public healthregulations, and participates with the state in the provision of welfare andother social services. The county board of commissioners controls thebudget but has only limited authority to make laws or ordinances. In Michigan, most localgovernment functions — police and fire, building and zoning, tax assessment, streetmaintenance, etc. — are the responsibility of individual cities and townships.
Saginaw County elected officials
* Prosecuting Attorney: Michael D. Thomas
Sheriff: Charles L. Brown
County Clerk: Susan Kaltenbach
* County Treasurer: Marvin D. Hare
Register of Deeds: Mildred M. Dodak
* Public Works Commissioner: James A. Koski"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
*City of Frankenmuth - independent of Frankenmuth Township
*City of Saginaw - county seat; most populous political subdivision in the county; independent of Saginaw Charter Township
*City of Zilwaukee - independent of Zilwaukee Township
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.
*Village of Birch Run - located in Birch Run Township
*Village of Chesaning - located in Chesaning Township
*Village of Merrill - located in Jonesfield Township
*Village of Oakley - located in Brady Township
*Village St. Charles - located mainly in St. Charles Township with portions in Brant Township and Swan Creek Township
*Birch Run Township
*Bridgeport Charter Township
*Buena Vista Charter Township
*Frankenmuth Township - independent of the City of Frankenmuth
*Maple Grove Township
*Saginaw Charter Township - independent of the City of Saginaw
*St. Charles Township
*Swan Creek Township
*Zilwaukee Township - independent of the City of Zilwaukee
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: [ [http://www.michmarkers.com/Frameset.htm Michigan Historical Markers.] ] They are:
* Bliss Park
Burt Opera House/ Wellington R. Burt
* Coal Mine No. 8
* The Cushway House /
Benjamin Cushwayand Adelaide Cushway]
* First Congregational Church [Saginaw]
* Fowler Schoolhouse (Fremont Township)
* Frankenmuth / Saint Lorenz Evangelical Lutheran Church
* Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn
* Freeland United Methodist Church
* Hess School
* Hoyt Library
* Michigan's German Settlers
* Morseville Bridge
* Presbyterian Church of South Saginaw
* Saginaw Club
* Saginaw Oil Industry
* Saginaw Post Office
Saginaw Valley Coal
Saginaw ValleyLumbering Era
* St. Mary's Hospital
* Saint Michael Catholic Parish
* St. Paul's Episcopal Mission
* Shroeder House
Theodore Roetke/ Childhood Home
* [http://clarke.cmich.edu/localhistory/Saginaw.htm Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University, Bibliography for Saginaw County.]
* [http://www.saginawcounty.com/ Saginaw County]
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