Saginaw (Michigan)

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Saginaw skyline
Saginaw skyline
Location in Michigan
Saginaw (Michigan)
Basic data
Foundation : 1857
State : United States
State : Michigan
County : Saginaw County
Coordinates : 43 ° 25 ′  N , 83 ° 57 ′  W Coordinates: 43 ° 25 ′  N , 83 ° 57 ′  W
Time zone : Eastern ( UTC − 5 / −4 )
Inhabitants :
Metropolitan Area :
48,984 (as of 2016)
192,326 (as of 2016)
Population density : 1,042.2 inhabitants per km 2
Area : 47 km 2  (approx. 18 mi 2 )
Postal code : 48601
Area code : +1 989
FIPS : 26-70520
GNIS ID : 1627020
Website :

Saginaw is a city and seat of the county seat of Saginaw County in the US state of Michigan . 48,984 inhabitants (as of 2016) live on a total area of ​​47.1 km² , which corresponds to a population density of 1,042 inhabitants / km².


The settlement was founded in 1817 by French-born settlers. At this time Ojibwe settled there , in front of them the Sauk , after whom the place may have been named. The US government built a fort on the west bank of the Saginaw River in 1822 . In 1857 the settlement was elevated to a town. East of the river, the settlement of East Saginaw developed and became a town in 1859. In 1889 both cities were united. By the 1870s, Saginaw, which lies at the mouth of a large river system, developed into a center for timber handling on ships and railways. At the beginning of the 20th century, an automotive supplier industry emerged with numerous plants, which were mainly operated by General Motors . After the Great Depression, a large number of people immigrated, especially African Americans. During the Second World War , Saginaw became a center of the arms and ammunition industry. The light M1 self-loading carabiner was produced here.


While Saginaw was once a prosperous industrial city, the wood and car industries have been on the decline since the 1980s. The decline accelerated during the 2007–2012 crisis, which contributed to severe demographic losses and increased unemployment. Saginaw ranks 14th on the list of Crime Vulnerable Cities in the United States.

A photovoltaic industry has been established in recent years . Today, the city can once again be considered the seat of innovative companies. However, Georgia- based solar cell manufacturer Suniva , which operates a large plant in Saginaw, filed for bankruptcy in April 2017 .


Located in the city are Delta College (founded in 1961) with a technical profile and Saginaw Valley State University as institutions of higher education . The Saginaw Art Museum is one of the city's museums .


  • Johnny Cash wrote a song called Saginaw, Michigan , apparently because it rhymes with fisherman .
  • Saginaw is mentioned by name in the song America by Simon & Garfunkel from 1968. Paul Simon is said to have written the song here in 1966.


sons and daughters of the town

Other people connected to Saginaw

Town twinning

Web links

Commons : Saginaw, Michigan  - Collection of pictures, videos, and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Photovoltaik-Magazin , April 27, 2017.
  2. Lyrics
  3. Anonymous artist explains motive for Simon and Garfunkel lyrics appearing on abandoned buildings and elsewhere in Saginaw , accessed on June 4, 2020