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
Patrick Farr
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 code(s)817
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 of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)24,310[2]22.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

According to Census data in 2010, There were 6,546 households, of which 44.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.9% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.6% were non-families. 15.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.03 and the average family size was 3.38.

According to ESRI data in 2017, there were 21,889 people, 6546 households, and 5525 families residing in the city. The Population density was 2,900.0 per square mile. There were 7,315 housing units. The racial makeup of the city was 79.4% White, 5.2% African American, .8% Native American, 2.3% Asian, .1% Pacific Isander, 8.6% some other race alone, 3.5% two or more races. Hispanic were 27.8% of the population.

The age distribution was 0-4 7.8%, 5-9 7.8%, 10-14 8.0%, 15-24 13.6%, 18+ 72.0%, 25-34 14.1%, 35-44 14.5%, 45-54 14.0%, 55-64 10.7%, 65-74 6.7%, 75-84 2.3%, 85+ .6%. The median age was 34.

There was 10,731 males and 11,154 females.

Out of the population 25+ the educational attainment for the city was 3.6% less than 9th grade, 3.9% highschool no diploma, 27.6% highschool graduate, 5.8% GED, 28% Some college no degree, 8.4% Associate degree, 17.2% Bachelor's degree, 5.4% Graduate/Professional Degree.

The median household income was $75,617, the per capita income was $28,320. In 2010 Male full-time, year-round workers had a median income of $52,939 versus $38,899 for females. About 3.9% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over.

The employment rate was 94.7%. 60.9% of the population held white collar jobs: 12.6% in Management/Business/Finance, 19.1% in Professional, 11.4% in Sales, 17.7% in Admin Support, 17.0% in Services. 22.1% of the population held blue collar jobs: 0.8% in Farming/Forestry/Fishing, 2.6% in Construction, 5.1% in Installation/Maintenance/Repair, 4.1% in Production, and 9.6% in Transportation/Material Moving.


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, The Interlocking at Saginaw Located at 301 S Saginaw Blvd Has Become a Hotspot for Photographers and Rated by Trains Magazine on the Hotspots 2018 Issue and Became One of the Best Places to Watch Trains. According to Saginaw's 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[8] 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. ^ a b "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 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "Jarvis J. Green". Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  6. ^ "Aircraft Accident Report: Evergreen International Airlines, McDonnell Douglas DC-9-13F, N931F, Saginaw, Texas, March 18, 1989" (PDF). National Transportation Safety Board. 1990-04-23. NTSB/AAR-90/02. Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
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  9. ^ "MEET KIRK". Retrieved 17 February 2019.

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