Saginaw has recently gained a reputation as a breeding ground for outstanding athletes. NBA stars Jason Richardson, Kenyon Martin, Tim Thomas, Mark Macon and Darvin Ham, tennis star Serena Williams, ACC freshman of the year Anthony Roberson, University of Michigan defensive end Lamarr Woodley and running back Jerome Jackson, Big 10 career interception leader Stuart Schweigert, the NFL's Charles Rogers, Sam Sword, James Reed and Alphonso Boone are all natives of Saginaw.
As of the census of 2000, there are 61,799 people, 23,182 households, and 15,114 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,368.2/km² (3,542.9/mi²). There are 25,639 housing units at an average density of 567.6/km² (1,469.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 47.02% White, 43.26% African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 5.86% from other races, and 3.03% from two or more races. 11.75% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 23,182 households out of which 35.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.9% are married couples living together, 27.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% are non-families. 29.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.60 and the average family size is 3.23.
In the city the population is spread out with 31.6% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 31 years. For every 100 females there are 87.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 81.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $26,485, and the median income for a family is $29,945. Males have a median income of $31,614 versus $22,714 for females. The per capita income for the city is $13,816. 28.5% of the population and 24.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 40.2% are under the age of 18 and 16.3% are 65 or older.