Saginaw, Texas

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Saginaw, Texas
City of Saginaw
The Saginaw Chamber of Commerce in a former train station
The Saginaw Chamber of Commerce in a former train station
Train and Grain
Location of Saginaw in Tarrant County, Texas
Location of Saginaw in Tarrant County, Texas
Coordinates: 32°51′42″N 97°22′00″W / 32.86167°N 97.36667°W / 32.86167; -97.36667
Country United States
State Texas
County Tarrant
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City CouncilMayor Todd Flippo
Charles Beasley
Nick Lawson
Valerie Tankersley
Charles Tucker
Cindy Bighorse
Mary Copeland
 • City ManagerGabe Reaume
 • Total7.66 sq mi (19.82 km2)
 • Land7.65 sq mi (19.82 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
728 ft (222 m)
 • Total19,806
 • Estimate 
 • Density3,176.95/sq mi (1,226.69/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
76131, 76179
Area code817
FIPS code48-64112[3]
GNIS feature ID1345838[4]
WebsiteCity of Saginaw, Texas

Saginaw is a small city in Tarrant County, Texas, United States, and an Inner suburb of Fort Worth. The population was 24,310 in 2019. Saginaw is a Home rule municipality.


The town was renamed Saginaw in 1882 by Jarvis J. Green (after his first choice of "Pontiac" was rejected by the United States Postal Service), who had lived and worked on Saginaw Street in Pontiac, Michigan.[5] The name Saginaw comes from the Ojibwe language and means "to flow out." It is also the name of a river, a bay, and a city in Michigan.

On March 13, 1989, Evergreen International Airlines Flight 17 crashed near Saginaw, killing both pilots (the aircraft's only occupants) on board.[6]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.5 square miles (19.4 km2), all land.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
Saginaw racial composition as of 2020[8]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 13,026 54.52%
Black or African American (NH) 1,656 6.93%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 78 0.33%
Asian (NH) 812 3.4%
Pacific Islander (NH) 21 0.09%
Some Other Race (NH) 97 0.41%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 1,048 4.39%
Hispanic or Latino 7,152 29.94%
Total 23,890

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 23,890 people, 8,343 households, and 6,292 families residing in the city.


Freight train in Saginaw

Top employers[edit]

Saginaw has two major railroad lines (one operated by Union Pacific and another by BNSF) running through the middle of the city, Rail-served heavy industry is located along these lines. Saginaw has a prominent heavy industrial base when compared to other suburban cities of the same size. Saginaw is known for its "Train & Grain" heritage, due to the presence of the railroads and two large flour mills located within the city limits. Large grain elevators (visible from miles away) are a prominent feature in the center of the city. According to Saginaw's 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[11] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees Percentage of Total
1 Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD 2,541 30%
2 CTI Beanmaker&Chefco Foods 440 5%
3 Ventura Foods 398 5%
4 Walmart Supercenter #5316 393 5%
5 Trinity North Amer. Freight Car 370 4%
6 Anchor Fabrication Corp. 320 4%
7 BANA Incorporated 247 3%
8 Texas Army National Guard 245 3%
9 Ranger Fire Inc. 200 2%
10 Russo Corporation 200 2%


No colleges or universities are present in this small community, but the city lies within driving distance to Fort Worth and the rest of the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area, which contains a number of colleges and universities including the Tarrant County College system.

Saginaw is served by the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District. The four high schools in the district are Boswell High School, Saginaw High School, Chisholm Trail High School, and Watson High School/Alternative Discipline Center (the last of which is targeted to at-risk students.)

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "Jarvis J. Green". Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  6. ^ "Aircraft Accident Report: Evergreen International Airlines, McDonnell Douglas DC-9-13F, N931F, Saginaw, Texas, March 18, 1989" (PDF). National Transportation Safety Board. April 23, 1990. NTSB/AAR-90/02. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved May 22, 2022.
  9. ^[not specific enough to verify]
  10. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  11. ^ City of Saginaw, Texas
  12. ^ "MEET KIRK". Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[9][10]

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