Bridgeport Charter Township, Michigan

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Bridgeport Charter Township, Michigan
Location within Saginaw County, Michigan
Location within Saginaw County, Michigan
Coordinates: 43°21′42″N 83°53′7″W / 43.36167°N 83.88528°W / 43.36167; -83.88528Coordinates: 43°21′42″N 83°53′7″W / 43.36167°N 83.88528°W / 43.36167; -83.88528
CountryUnited States
 • Total34.7 sq mi (89.9 km2)
 • Land34.6 sq mi (89.7 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
587 ft (179 m)
 • Total10,514
 • Density338.1/sq mi (130.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)989
FIPS code26-10460[1]
GNIS feature ID1625977[2]

Bridgeport Charter Township is a charter township of Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The 2000 Census placed the township population at 11,709. The 2010 Census places the population at 10,514.[3]


Bridgeport Township was established in 1848. A sawmill was built there in 1849. By the mid-1860s there was also a shingle mill, three shingle factories and a salt well. By the 1880s the area had shifted to farming with the only mill being a grist mill built in 1878 by John and Martin Messner.[4]



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 34.7 square miles (90 km2), of which 34.6 square miles (90 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.23%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 11,709 people, 4,488 households, and 3,235 families residing in the township. The population density was 338.1 per square mile (130.5/km²). There were 4,669 housing units at an average density of 134.8 per square mile (52.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 72.58% White, 20.65% African American, 0.61% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 3.26% from other races, and 2.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.05% of the population.

There were 4,488 households out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.9% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the township the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $39,765, and the median income for a family was $46,360. Males had a median income of $37,727 versus $23,228 for females. The per capita income for the township was $19,760. About 7.3% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.4% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.


Bridgeport-Spaulding Community School District operates public schools.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bridgeport Charter Township, Michigan
  3. ^ "Bridgeport Township Statistics". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2009-08-03.
  4. ^ History of Saginaw County, Michigan (Chicago: Charles C. Chapman & Co., 1881) p. 759
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bridgeport, Michigan
  6. ^ Saginaw County Map. J. Shively. State of Michigan Department of Information Technology Technology Center for Geographic Information. September 2007.
  7. ^ Reference Map, Bridgeport CDP, U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 census