Shields, Michigan

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Shields, Michigan
Location of Shields within Saginaw County, Michigan
Location of Shields within Saginaw County, Michigan
Shields, Michigan is located in Michigan
Shields, Michigan
Shields, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 43°24′55″N 84°3′23″W / 43.41528°N 84.05639°W / 43.41528; -84.05639
CountryUnited States
 • Total6.6 sq mi (17.1 km2)
 • Land6.5 sq mi (16.9 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
597 ft (182 m)
 • Total6,587
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
48609 (Saginaw)
Area code(s)989
FIPS code26-73560[1]
GNIS feature ID637797[2]

Shields is an unincorporated community in Thomas Township, Saginaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is also a census-designated place (CDP) for statistical purposes, but with no legal status as an incorporated municipality. The population of the CDP was 6,590 at the 2000 census.

The community of Shields is located on M-46/Gratiot Road just west of the Tittabawassee River.[2] In the 2000 census, the CDP included an area bounded on the east by the Tittabawassee River, north to State Street, west to N. Miller Road, south to Geddes Road, west to N. Thomas Road, south to M-46/Gratiot Road, east to Swan Creek, south to the railroad crossing on Schomaker Road, east along the rail tracks to Stroebel Road, northwest to Ronald Drive and east to the Tittabawassee River. Most of the CDP is within Thomas Township with a small portion extending into northwest James Township.[3]

A post office operated in Shields from August 15, 1894 until Dec 15, 1902.[4]

The Shields brothers William and Arthur were born in 1811 and 1817 respectively in Ireland. Both immigrated to Michigan settling in Thomas Township in 1842. The bachelor brothers settled on 120 acres (0.49 km2) in section three. Eventually the southeastern part of the Township came to be known as the Shields area. William died in 1894 and Arthur in 1905. Both are buried in Owen cemetery.

Paines is a place within James Township and the CDP located on Dutch Road between River Roads and Stroebel Roads.[5][6] Paines was first settled in 1871 and named for A. B. Paine, a local brick manufacturer. It was a station at the junction of the Michigan Central and the Pere Marquette rail lines. A post office named "Painesville" was established on October 10, 1873, closed on May 29, 1876, and reopened on July 14, 1876. The office was renamed "Paines" on October 19, 1880 and continued until June 30, 1904.[7][8]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17 km2), of which 6.5 square miles (17 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (1.06%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,590 people, 2,508 households, and 1,875 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,007.9 per square mile (389.1/km²). There were 2,587 housing units at an average density of 395.7 per square mile (152.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.74% White, 0.80% African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.74% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.32% of the population.

There were 2,508 households out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.4% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.2% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 28.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.

As of the census of 2010, the median income for a household in the CDP was $52,457, and the median income for a family was $62,566. Males working full-time and year-round had a median income of $44,018 versus $39,471 for full-time, year-round working females. The per capita income for the CDP was $24,397. About 4.4% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.[9]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Shields, Michigan
  3. ^ Shields CDP, Michigan Reference Map, U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 census
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Shields Post Office (historical)
  5. ^ Saginaw County Map. J. Shively. State of Michigan Department of Information Technology Technology Center for Geographic Information. September 2007.
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Paines, Michigan
  7. ^ Romig, Walter (1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X.
  8. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Paines Post Office (historical)
  9. ^

Coordinates: 43°24′55″N 84°03′23″W / 43.41528°N 84.05639°W / 43.41528; -84.05639