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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
Country  United States
State  Texas
County Tarrant
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Total 7.66 sq mi (19.82 km2)
 • Land 7.65 sq mi (19.82 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
728 ft (222 m)
 • Total 19,806
 • Estimate 
 • Density 3,176.95/sq mi (1,226.69/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
76131, 76179
Area code(s) 817
FIPS code 48-64112
GNIS feature ID 1345838
Website City 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 area was settled before the Civil War as an agricultural community, and was named Dido (a name which lives on in some area roads). Three railroad lines came through the area in the 1880s, the Chicago, Rock Island and Gulf Railway (a subsidiary of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad), the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway and the Fort Worth and Denver City Railway.

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.[1] 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.


Saginaw is located at 32°51′42″N 97°22′00″W / 32.861789°N 97.366621°W / 32.861789; -97.366621 (32.861789, -97.366621).

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.

Surrounding municipalities


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 561
1960 1,001 78.4%
1970 2,382 138.0%
1980 5,736 140.8%
1990 8,551 49.1%
2000 12,374 44.7%
2010 19,806 60.1%
2019 (est.) 24,310 22.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

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.


UP 7426 Northbound at Saginaw TX
Freight train in Saginaw

Top employers

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, 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

  • Brec Bassinger, actress
  • Janet Gunn, actress
  • Brad Hawpe, MLB Player
  • Angela Stanford, LPGA Golfer
  • Kirk Watson, politician

See also

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