Buena Vista, Michigan

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Buena Vista, Michigan
Census-designated place (CDP) & Unincorporated community
Location of Buena Vista (CDP) within Saginaw County, Michigan
Location of Buena Vista (CDP) within Saginaw County, Michigan
Buena Vista, Michigan is located in Michigan
Buena Vista, Michigan
Buena Vista, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 43°25′13″N 83°53′55″W / 43.42028°N 83.89861°W / 43.42028; -83.89861
Country United States
State Michigan
County Saginaw
Township Buena Vista
 • Total 4.5 sq mi (11.6 km2)
 • Land 4.5 sq mi (11.6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation[1] 607 ft (185 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,816
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code 48601 (Saginaw)
Area code(s) 989
FIPS code 26-11555[2]
GNIS feature ID 1867313[1]

Buena Vista (/ˌbjuːnəˈvɪstə/ BEW-nə-VIS-tə) is an unincorporated community within Buena Vista Charter Township, Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The U.S. Census Bureau has defined a census-designated place (CDP) with the same name for statistical purposes. The CDP has no official status as a municipality and the boundaries defined by the Census Bureau may not precisely correspond to local understanding of the Buena Vista area. The CDP consists of an area adjacent to the city of Saginaw on its east side and mostly east of Interstate 75. The population was 7,845 at the 2000 census.


Buena Vista began in 1846 when Curtis Emerson bought an abandoned mill here and created a settlement around it. It was named to commemorate Zachary Taylor's then recent victory at the Battle of Buena Vista.[3]

On July 30, 2013, the Saginaw Intermediate School District Board of Trustees officially dissolved the Buena Vista School District with the district area being split up between three other districts.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.5 square miles (12 km2), all land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 7,845 people, 2,905 households, and 2,077 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,750.6 per square mile (676.1/km²). There were 3,192 housing units at an average density of 712.3 per square mile (275.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 22.51% White, 69.27% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 4.91% from other races, and 2.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.82% of the population.

There were 2,905 households out of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.5% were married couples living together, 31.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.5% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 30.8% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.4 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $26,689, and the median income for a family was $30,118. Males had a median income of $29,000 versus $23,866 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,243. About 22.4% of families and 22.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.7% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those age 65 or over.


The CDP is mostly within the Saginaw City School District. Portions south of Hess Avenue are within the Bridgeport-Spaulding Community School District.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Buena Vista, Michigan
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ Walter Romig, Michigan Place Names, p. 86
  4. ^ Burns, Candace. (July 31, 2013) SISD officially dissolves Buena Vista schools Archived 2014-08-18 at the Wayback Machine.. ABC12. Retrieved on August 16, 2013.
  5. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Buena Vista CDP, MI." (Archive) U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on November 3, 2013.
  6. ^ "New District Boundaries - Enlarged Map." (Archive) Saginaw Intermediate School District. Retrieved on November 3, 2013.

Coordinates: 43°25′13″N 83°53′55″W / 43.42028°N 83.89861°W / 43.42028; -83.89861