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Saginaw County
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Saginaw County is located in the central portion of the lower peninsula, adjacent to both the agricultural and industrial centers of the state. Manufacturing, especially auto related, is important to the county's economy, as are all phases of agricultural production. Auto manufacturing dominates the city of Saginaw, which is surrounded by farmlands whose output of sugar beets, dry beans, corn, wheat, oats, and soybean is among the highest in the state. Agriculture accounts for approximately 64% of the county's land use. Manufacturing includes bakery and chemical equipment, silicon, graphite, plastic, and metal products. Sugar, meat products, flour, and beer are also produced in the county. The medical service industry and medical facilities are also expanding rapidly in Saginaw County.



General Data


 DISTANCE  MILES  KM
Chicago 320 514
Cleveland 270 434
Detroit 100 160
Indianapolis 340 547
Lansing 70 112


 YEARS
POPULATION 
1970  219,743
 1980  228,059
 1990  211,946
 2000  210,039
Source:Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF 1) 100-Percent Data, 2000


WORKFORCE  
 LABOR 2000
 Total Workforce 102,400 
 Number Employed 98,125 
 Number Unemployed 4,250 
 Unemployment Rate 4.2 
Source:Michigan Employment Service Agency, 2000


CHARACTERISTICS OF LABOR FORCE  
 LABOR 1990
 Workers 16 years and over 85,480 
 Percentage who work outside of county 14.7% 
 Percentage who work at home 2.2% 
Source:U.S. Bureau of the Census, Census of Population and Housing, 1990


EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENTS  
 CLASSIFACTION 1990
 Persons 25 years of age or older 131,154 
 Percentage with high school diploma 74.8% 
 Percentage with bachelor's degree 12.97% 
Source:U.S. Bureau of the Census, Census of Population and Housing, 1990

TRANSPORTATION
ACCESS TO MARKETS
Main Highways I-75, I-675, US-10, US-23, M-13, M-15, M-18, M-20, M-25, M-30, M-46, M-47, M-84, M-54, M-83, M-52, M-58, M-57, M-81
Bus Lines Greyhound, Bay Metro Transit, Midland Transit, Saginaw Transit Authority Regional Services (STARS)
Truck Lines Over 50 truck lines in region providing statewide, national, and international hauling services
Rail Lines Central Michigan, Tuscola & Saginaw Bay, Huron & Eastern, Mid-Michigan, CSX, Saginaw Valley Railroad
Ports Bay City (15 mi-Lake Huron), Over 30 port facilities along Saginaw River 10-25 ft. depth range
Airports MBS International Airport, Harry W. Browne International Airport
Airlines Northwest Airlines, Continental Airlines, United Airlines, US Air
Source: Local Economic Development Contact


Economy




PERSONAL INCOME (In Thousands of Dollars)
Components by Type 1996 1997 1998 1999
Personal income 4,550,553 4,762,647 4,842,679 5,051,226
Nonfarm personal income 4,540,537 4,751,805 4,838,322 5,028,234
Farm income 10,016 10,842 4,357 22,992
Population (number of persons) 211,369 210,753 210,032 209,245
Per capita personal income (dollars) 21,529 22,598 23,057 24,140
Components by Industry 1996 1997 1998 1999
Farm Earnings 10,016 10,842 4,357 22,992
Non-Farm Earnings 3,670,657 3,783,183 3,893,842 4,120,323
Private Earnings 3,235,301 3,336,928 3,456,421 3,658,831
Ag. serv., forestry, fishing, and other 14,032 16,813 18,480 20,015
Mining 620 774 866 737
Construction 178,420 190,058 199,586 231,093
Manufacturing 1,408,970 1,409,374 1,426,146 1,538,801
   Durable goods 1,323,120 1,323,750 1,340,298 1,446,033
Transportation and public utilities 206,618 225,221 222,522 215,201
Wholesale trade 148,817 157,726 160,370 166,909
Retail trade 328,341 341,747 358,854 379,349
Finance, insurance, and real estate 140,276 153,859 163,608 171,923
Services 809,207 841,356 905,989 934,803
Government and government enterprises 435,356 446,255 437,421 461,492
   Federal, civilian 83,657 83,084 85,104 90,120
   Military 6,733 6,437 6,268 6,427
   State and local 344,966 356,734 346,049 364,945
Source:Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce, Issued May 2001


EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY (Number of Jobs)
Components by Type 1996 1997 1998 1999
Total Employment 116,244 117,410 117,697 119,664
Wage and Salary Employment 100,986 102,231 102,214 103,829
Proprietor's employment 15,258 15,179 15,483 15,835
Farm Employment 1,698 1,636 1,607 1,659
Non-Farm Employment 114,546 115,774 116,090 118,005
Components by Industry 1996 1997 1998 1999
Private 102,808 104,135 104,714 106,094
   Ag. serv., forestry, fishing, and other 1,050 1,166 1,140 1,202
   Mining 88 106 102 90
   Construction 5,553 5,794 5,843 6,400
   Manufacturing 21,794 21,745 21,368 21,714
   Transportation and public utilities 5,510 5,595 5,559 5,156
   Wholesale trade 4,668 4,671 4,508 4,532
   Retail trade 24,556 24,589 24,127 24,831
   Finance, insurance, and real estate 6,679 6,480 6,761 6,917
   Services 32,910 33,989 35,306 35,252
Government and government enterprises 11,738 11,639 11,376 11,911
   Federal, civilian 1,422 1,313 1,338 1,338
   Military 502 473 441 433
   State and local 9,814 9,853 9,597 10,140
Source:Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Labor, Issued May 2001

EARNING LEVELS/LABOR RATES AVERAGE HOURLY RATES
CLASSIFICATION MINIMUM* MAXIMUM
Applications Software Specialist 7.00 16.25
Assembler - Light 4.50 8.50
Drafter (CAD) 6.00 15.75
Electrician - Industrial 7.75 16.50
Electronic Technician 6.50 12.25
Forklift Operator 5.00 9.75
General Office Clerk 4.50 9.50
General Laborer 4.75 8.50
Injection Molding Machinist 5.00 9.00
Machine Operator 5.25 10.25
Machinist 6.25 12.50
Mechanical Engineer 12.50 22.50
Production Manager/Supervisor 8.25 15.50
Quality Control Technician 7.50 12.25
Sales - Non-Technical 6.25 13.00
Secretary 5.00 11.75
Tool and Die Maker 8.25 17.00
Word Processor/Typist 4.75 10.50
Source: 1996 Survey of the Michigan Employment Security Commission
*This survey was done in 1996, before the hourly minimum wage was increased to $5.15 in September 1997.

PRINCIPLE EMPLOYERS
MANUFACTURING EMPLOYERS
SIC FIRM LOCATION EMPLOYEES PRODUCT
3714 Delphi/Saginaw Steering Systs Saginaw 8,418 Automobile steering columns
3321 General Motors Corp/Powertrain Saginaw 2,000 Grey iron cstngs & alum cyl hds
3714 General Motors Corp Saginaw 1,800 Disc brake r assemblies
3322 General Motors Corp/Powertrain Saginaw 1,300 Malleable iron castings
2063 Michigan Sugar Co Saginaw 1,200 Sugar, dried beet pulp
3714 Eaton Corp Saginaw 610 Vehicle motor parts, tools
3339 Hemlock Semiconductor Corp Hemlock 475 Polycrystalline silicon
3444 Saginaw Control & Engineering Saginaw 370 Elec cont panels, sheet mtl encl
2295 Duro-Last Inc Saginaw 325 Roofing materials, walk pads
3452 Thomson Saginaw Ball Screw Co Saginaw 315 Ball screw assemblies
2711 Saginaw News Saginaw 280 Newspaper publishing
3549 Wright-K Technology Inc Saginaw 275 Spec purp modular tools
3231 Hehr Intl Inc Chesaning 226 Rec veh & marine alumwindows
2063 Michigan Sugar Co Carrollton 205 Beet sugar & molasses
8331 Saginaw Valley Rehabilitation Saginaw 200 Sheltered workshop
3465 Means Industries Inc Saginaw 200 Auto stampings, subassemblies
3281 Dixie Cut Stone & Marble Inc Bridgeport 200 Cut stone products
3545 Universal Microbore-Cushman Frankenmuth 200 Machine tools, gauges, etc
3083 Dow Corning Corp Hemlock 175 Silicone elastomer med tubing
2035 Vlasic Foods Inc Bridgeport 175 Pickles & sauerkraut
Source: Harris Publishing Company, 1998 Industrial Directory

OTHER MAJOR EMPLOYERS
SIC FIRM LOCATION EMPLOYEES PRODUCT
8062 St Mary's Medical Center of Saginaw Saginaw 1,794 Health care
8062 Covenant HealthCare Saginaw 4,000 Health care
9121 County of Saginaw Saginaw 790 Legislative bodies
8211 Saginaw Twp. Community Schools Saginaw 600 School/education
5411 Meijer Inc. Saginaw 600 Grocery stores
4813 Ameritech Saginaw 1396 Communication
5812 Zehnders of Frankenmuth Inc. Frankenmuth 500 Eating places
5812 Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Inc. Frankenmuth 1200 Restaurant/Hotel
8062 Veterans Health Administration Saginaw 430 Health care
Source: Local County Economic Development Contact


NUMBER OF ESTABLISHMENTS
Type of Service 1999
Total 5056
    Forestry, fishing, hunting, and agriculture support 4
    Mining 5
    Utilities 1
    Construction 503
    Manufacturing 240
      Food mfg 19
      Beverage & tobacco product mfg 2
      Textile mills 1
      Textile product mills 1
      Wood product mfg 9
      Paper mfg 4
      Printing & related support activities 24
      Chemical mfg 6
      Plastics & rubber products mfg 11
      Nonmetallic mineral product mfg 13
      Primary metal mfg 8
      Fabricated metal product mfg 59
      Machinery mfg 41
      Computer & electronic product mfg 3
      Electrical equip, appliance & component mfg 2
      Transportation equipment mfg 13
      Furniture & related product mfg 5
      Miscellaneous mfg 19
    Wholesale trade 266
    Retail trade 1065
    Transportation & warehousing 119
    Information 81
      Publishing industries 11
      Motion picture & sound recording industries 4
      Broadcasting & telecommunications 47
      Information & data processing services 19
    Finance & insurance 286
    Real estate & rental & leasing 156
    Professional, scientific & technical services 363
    Management of companies & enterprises 29
    Admin, support, waste mgt, remediation services 222
    Educational services 35
    Health care and social assistance 541
    Arts, entertainment & recreation 58
    Accommodation & food services 415
    Other services (except public administration) 605
    Auxiliaries (exc corporate, subsidiary & regional mgt) 12
    Unclassified establishments 50
Source:U.S. Department of Commerce and Bureau of the Census, County Business Patterns, Issued May 2001


Quality of Life


EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES
PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT INFORMATION
COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENTS INSTRUCTORS HIGH SCHOOLS
Birch Run Birch Run Area Schools 2,000 101 1
Bridgeport Bridgeport Spaulding Comm Schs 2,543 144 1
Carrollton Carrollton Public Schools 1,206 67 1
Chesaning Chesaning Union Schools 2,380 151 1
Frankenmuth Frankenmuth School District 1,117 64 1
Freeland Freeland Community District 1,261 61 1
Hemlock Hemlock Public Schools 1,515 73 1
Merrill Merrill Community Schools 1,040 55 1
New Lothrop New Lothrop Area Schools 892 48 1
Saginaw Buena Vista School District 1,747 100 1
Saginaw Swan Valley School District 1,607 83 1
Saginaw Saginaw Township Comm Schools 4,853 241 1
Saginaw Saginaw City School District 13,967 796 2
St. Charles St. Charles Community Schools 1,400 77 1
Source: MI Department of Education, 1997

TWO YEAR COLLEGES AND TECHNICAL SCHOOLS
NAME LOCATION ENROLLMENT
Great Lakes Junior College Saginaw 2,250
Mott Community College Flint (Genesee Co.) 10,469

FOUR YEAR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
NAME LOCATION ENROLLMENT
Saginaw Valley State University Saginaw 7,500
Northwood University Midland (Midland Co.) 1,500
Alma College Alma (Gratiot Co.) 1,400
University of Michigan - Flint Flint (Genesee Co.) 10,469
GMI Engineering & Management Flint (Genesee Co. 2,500
Source: MI Department of Education, 1996

MEDICAL FACILITIES
TYPE OF FACILITY # IN COUNTY # OF BEDS
Hospitals 4 994
Source: MI Department of Consumer and Industry Services, 1998

HOUSING (1990)  
OWNER OCCUPIED MEDIAN VALUE RENTER OCCUPIED MEDIAN RENT
55,304  $48,100  22,952  $301 
Source:U.S. Bureau of the Census, Census of Population and Housing, 1990

CLIMATE
MONTH AVG. MIN TEMP AVG. MAX TEMP.
January 14F./-10C. 27F./-3C.
July 60F./16C. 82F./28C.
PRECIPITATION RAINFALL SNOWFALL
Average Annual 30in./76cm. 46in./117cm.
GROWING SEASON DAYS ABOVE 90F/32C DAYS BELOW 0F/-18C
163 10 9
Source: NOAA Climate Summary, 1995

RECREATION
COUNTY HIGHLIGHTS

The natural resources in Saginaw, Bay, and Midland Counties are an integral part of one of Michigan's largest tourism industries.  The Saginaw River and Lake Huron provide year-round activity from boating to fishing.  Popular events such as Freeland's Walleye Festival and the Shiver on the River ice-fishing competition attract visitors throughout the Midwest.  The area's natural resources also provide ample opportunity for the observation of wildlife.  Midland's Chippewa Nature Center, Shiawassee Wildlife Refuge and Bay City's Tobico Marsh State Game Area are amoung the many places visitors are able to enjoy nature.

The Tri-Counties also boast 26 public and private golf courses, providing over 450 holes ranging in difficulty and affordability.  Among them is a PGA course designed by Jack Nicklaus at Bay Valley Hotel and Resort.  Apple Mountain Ski & Golf Resort and Frankenmuth's Fortress are also among the area's most impressive courses.

Other recreational activities include the Pere-Marquette Rail Trail.  This 23 mile paved trail, beginning at Midland's Tridge, is ideal for biking, walking, cross country skiing or inline skating.  In addition, some of the Midwest's best skiing is only a short distance away at Boyne Mountain, Boyne Highlands, and Caberfae.

The Tri-County community also provides many unique cultural opportunities.  The Midland Center for the Arts hosts performances in music, theatre, and dance.  Art, science, and history exhibits are also on display.  The Bay City Players is the county's oldest, continuously running community theatre.  For those preferring a more peaceful experience, Midland's Dow Gardens includes 110 acres of gardens open to the public year round.  Exploring is encouraged.

Saginaw County has numerous cultural attractions as well.  Included is the Japanese Cultural Center and Tea Garden and the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Gallery, located at Saginaw Valley State University.  In Frankenmuth, Michigan's #1 tourist destination, visitors may enjoy the German atmosphere found year round in the shops and restaurants scattered downtown.

Retail is big business.  Saginaw's Birch Run contains interstate 75's second most frequented exit, next only to Orlando, Florida due widely to the popular Prime Outlets shopping center.

The residents of Saginaw, Bay, and Midland Counties are truly fortunate.  Quality of life here provides a great place to live, work, and raise a family.  Employment opportunities are diverse, neighbors are friendly, resources are plentiful, and newcomers are welcome.

Source: Local County Economic Development Contact


Municipal Services


UTILITIES
COMMUNITY ELECTRIC GAS
Jonesfield, Birch Run, Blumfield, Brady, Brant, Bridgeport, Carrollton, Chapin, Chesaning, Frankenmuth, Albee, James, Kochville, Lakefield, Maple Grove, Marion, Richland, Saginaw, St. Charles, St. Clair, Swan Creek, Taymouth, Thomas, Fremont Consumers Energy Consumers Energy
Chapin Tri-County Consumers Energy
Source: Local County Economic Development Contact

TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Local Phone Companies Ameritech
Long Distance Companies AT&T, MCI, Sprint, and others
Source: Local County Economic Development Contact

LICENSED LANDFILLS
COMMUNITY OWNER/MANAGER
Buena Vista GM Corp - Powertrain
James John Sexton Corporation of Michigan
Taymouth People's Garbage Disposal, Inc.
Taymouth Tay-ban Corporation
Source: MDEQ Waste Management Division, 1998

PROPERTY TAX (1997)  
Agriculture Comercial Industrial Residential Other
7.34%  21.04%  13.09%  58.24%  0.28% 
Source:MI Department of Treasury, 1997

GOVERNMENT
COMMUNITY PHONE NUMBER COMMUNITY PHONE NUMBER
Albee Twp (517) 770-4844 Birch Run Twp (517) 624-9773
Blumfield Twp (517) 753-9881 Brady Twp (517) 845-3264
Brant Twp (517) 585-3256 Bridgeport Charter Twp (517) 777-0940
Buena Vista Charter Twp (517) 754-6536 Carrollton Twp (517) 754-4611
Chapin Twp (517) 661-2327 Chesaning Twp (517) 845-3666
Frankenmuth (City of) (517) 652-9901 Frankenmuth Twp (517) 652-6741
Fremont Twp (517) 642-8390 James Twp (517) 781-1353
Jonesfield Twp (517) 643-7525 Kochville Twp (517) 792-7596
Lakefield Twp (517) 643-5482 Maple Grove Twp (810) 845-6155
Marion Twp (517) 585-3583 Richland Twp (517) 642-2097
Saginaw (City of) (517) 776-1480 Saginaw Charter Twp (517) 791-9800
Spaulding Twp (517) 777-0950 St. Charles Twp (517) 865-9010
Swan Creek Twp (517) 865-6251 Taymouth Twp (517) 624-4159
Thomas Twp (517) 781-0150 Tittabawassee twp (517) 695-9512
Zilwaukee Twp (517) 753-6036  
Source: Local County Economic Development Contact

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONTACT
Contact: Ms. JoAnn Crary
Business: Saginaw Future, Inc.
Address: 301 E. Genesee
Third Floor
Saginaw, MI 48607
Phone: (989) 754-8222
Fax: (989) 754-1715

Website:  www.saginawfuture.com

*LDO's = Local Development Organizations
Source: Local County Economic Development Contact

 
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