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Welcome to Saginaw ...

The city of Saginaw is located in Saginaw County<1> and is the County Seat for Saginaw County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Saginaw has a population of 48,129 people<2> (see below for details).

Saginaw is 590 feet [180 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Saginaw lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

The telephone area code for Saginaw: (989)

The ZIP codes for Saginaw: 48601-48609, 48663<4>

The community of Saginaw was established in 1819.

In the past, Saginaw was named East Saginaw. and Saginaw City. For more information about the names of Saginaw, see The Names of Saginaw on our Genealogy Page.

Websites for Saginaw ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Saginaw had an population of 48,129 people. This is a decrease of 6.56% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 22.12% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Saginaw had a population of 51,508 people (or 25.73% of the total population of Saginaw County). This makes Saginaw the county's most populous community.

The population of Saginaw represents 0.52% of the total population of Michigan (which has 9,883,640 people), making it the state's 24th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 51,508 people, the population of Saginaw decreased 16.65% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 61,799 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Saginaw.

Communities Also Named Saginaw ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 14 communities that are also named Saginaw - they are located in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ontario (3), Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Saginaw.

Communities near Saginaw ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Saginaw.

  • Midland
  • Bay City
  • Frankenmuth
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frankenmuth
    • Frankenmuth lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the southeast of Saginaw.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,655 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Frankenmuth have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Frankenmuth
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Frankenmuth<6>
  • Essexville
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Essexville
    • Essexville lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the north of Saginaw.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,244 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Essexville have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Essexville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Essexville<6>
  • Vassar
  • Chesaning
  • Auburn
  • Saint Charles
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Charles
    • Saint Charles lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the southwest of Saginaw.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,886 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saint Charles have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint Charles
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint Charles<6>
  • Montrose
  • Birch Run

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Saginaw. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Saginaw.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Saginaw. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Saginaw.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Saginaw. Our list includes 36 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Saginaw.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Saginaw ...

Looking for more information about Saginaw? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Saginaw, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Saginaw.

Adding Saginaw to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Saginaw in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention that we've found for Saginaw was on a map titled Road Map for Michigan (from Shell Oil, 1956).

We also found Saginaw in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Saginaw.

The official website for Saginaw:

The official website for Saginaw County:

The official website for State of Michigan:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Michigan's counties, including Saginaw, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Saginaw.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Saginaw - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Saginaw). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Saginaw or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Saginaw includes: 48601, 48602, 48603, 48604, 48605, 48606, 48607, 48608 & 48609.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Saginaw) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Saginaw. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from SaginawOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Saginaw. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.4271, Longitude: -83.9414    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.




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