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Genesee County, Michigan
Seal of Genesee County, Michigan
Seal
Logo of Genesee County, Michigan
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Map of Michigan highlighting Genesee County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded March 28, 1835 [1]
Seat Flint
Largest city Flint
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

649.34 sq mi (1,682 km²)
639.64 sq mi (1,657 km²)
9.70 sq mi (25 km²), 1.49%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

406,211
665/sq mi (256.8/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.co.genesee.mi.us

Genesee County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2020 census, the population was 406,211. The county seat and population center is Flint[1]. It is the state's fifth most populous county.

History[]

It was created on March 28, 1835 and fully organized on April 4, 1836. It was named after Genesee County, New York by settlers from New York. Many local place names in the county are also from New York and Pennsylvania, reflecting the pattern of settlement. A major attraction for visitors is Crossroads Village, a living history village north of Flint.

Genesee is noted for having had the fossil of an ancient whale known as Balaenoptera Lacepede[2] unearthed in Thetford Township during quarry work and estimated at 11,000 years old.[3]

In July 2010, the County Board voted for the clerk and register of deeds offices to merger on January 1, 2013.[4] On October 26, 2010,[5] Genesee County became a founding member of the Karegnondi Water Authority.[5]


Genesee County table/maps
1835
No Twp. No Twp. No Twp.
No Twp. Grand Blanc
No Twp.
No Twp. Township
No Twp.
1836
Flint Flint Flint
Flint Flint Flint
Flint Flint Flint
No Twp. Grand Blanc Grand Blanc
Argentine Argentine
1837
Vienna Vienna Vienna
Flint Flint Flint
Flint Flint Flint
Mundy Mundy Grand Blanc
Argentine Argentine
1838
Vienna Vienna Vienna
Flushing Flint Genesee
Flint Flint Flint
Mundy Mundy Grand Blanc
Argentine Fenton
1839
Vienna Vienna Vienna
Flushing Flint Genesee
Kearsley
Flint Flint Kearsley
Flint
Mundy Mundy Grand Blanc
Argentine Fenton
1842
Vienna Vienna Thetford
Flushing Flint Genesee
Kearsley
Flint Flint Kearsley
Flint
Gaines Mundy Grand Blanc
Argentine Fenton
1843
Vienna Vienna Thetford Forest
Flushing Flint Genesee Richfield
Flint Flint Flint Davison
Gaines Mundy Grand Blanc Atlas
Argentine Fenton

Eastern row of townships added from Lapeer County

1846
Pewanagawink Vienna Thetford Forest
Flushing Flint Genesee Richfield
Clayton Flint Flint Davison
Gaines Mundy Grand Blanc Atlas
Argentine Fenton
1848
Montrose Vienna Thetford Forest
Flushing Flint Genesee Richfield
Clayton Flint Flint Davison
Gaines Mundy Grand Blanc Atlas
Argentine Fenton
1855
Montrose Vienna Thetford Forest
Flushing Mount Morris Genesee Richfield
Clayton Flint Village
Garland (Flint)[6]
Burton Davison
Gaines Mundy Grand Blanc Atlas
Argentine Fenton
[7]


Geography[]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 649.34 square miles (1,681.8 km2), of which 639.64 square miles (1,656.7 km2) (or 98.51%) is land and 9.70 square miles (25.1 km2) (or 1.49%) is water.[8]

Most of the land in the county is very flat, but the southern end is hilly and covered by several lakes.

The county is mostly drained by the Flint River, which is dammed into Mott Lake and the Holloway Reservoir in the northeast corner of the county. The southeast corner and southern end are drained by the Shiawassee River.

Adjacent counties[]

Transportation[]

Airport[]

  • Bishop International Airport

Railroad[]

  • Flint Amtrak station

Highways[]

  • I-69
  • I-75
  • I-475
  • US 23
  • M-13
  • M-15
  • M-21
  • M-54
  • M-57

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 4,268
1850 12,031 181.9%
1860 22,498 87.0%
1870 33,900 50.7%
1880 39,220 15.7%
1890 39,430 0.5%
1900 41,804 6.0%
1910 64,555 54.4%
1920 125,668 94.7%
1930 211,641 68.4%
1940 227,944 7.7%
1950 270,963 18.9%
1960 374,313 38.1%
1970 445,589 19.0%
1980 450,449 1.1%
1990 430,459 −4.4%
2000 436,141 1.3%
2010 425,790 −2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

The 2010 United States Census[9] indicates Genesee County had a 2010 population of 425,790. This is a decrease of -10,351 people from the 2000 United States Census. Overall, the county had a -2.4% growth rate during this ten year period. In 2010 there were 169,202 households and 111,620 families in the county. The population density was 668.5 per square mile (258.1 square kilometers). There were 192,180 housing units at an average density of 301.7 per square mile (116.5 square kilometers). The racial and ethnic makeup of the county was 72.7% White, 20.5% Black or African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 3.0% Hispanic or Latino, 0.1% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races.

There were 169,202 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.3% were husband and wife families, 17.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 34.0% were non-families, and 28.4% were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.0% under age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 27.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.4 males.

The 2010 American Community Survey 1-year estimate[9] indicates the median income for a household in the county was $38,819 and the median income for a family was $48,979. Males had a median income of $27,269 versus $18,082 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,860. About 16.9% of families and 21.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.0% of those under the age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.

Government[]

United States presidential election results for Genesee County, Michigan[10]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 98,714 44.51% 119,390 53.84% 3,660 1.65%
2016 84,175 42.59% 102,751 51.99% 10,715 5.42%
2012 71,808 35.24% 128,978 63.30% 2,956 1.45%
2008 72,451 32.86% 143,927 65.27% 4,117 1.87%
2004 83,870 39.23% 128,334 60.03% 1,571 0.73%
2000 66,641 34.92% 119,833 62.78% 4,391 2.30%
1996 49,332 28.34% 106,065 60.94% 18,659 10.72%
1992 47,834 23.92% 105,156 52.58% 47,008 23.50%
1988 70,922 40.10% 104,880 59.30% 1,057 0.60%
1984 92,943 50.68% 89,491 48.80% 953 0.52%
1980 78,572 42.73% 90,393 49.15% 14,935 8.12%
1976 80,004 46.67% 88,967 51.89% 2,467 1.44%
1972 85,747 52.78% 73,896 45.49% 2,806 1.73%
1968 63,948 38.99% 75,174 45.83% 24,891 15.18%
1964 48,311 32.45% 100,346 67.40% 221 0.15%
1960 74,940 50.82% 72,059 48.87% 458 0.31%
1956 75,431 54.47% 62,808 45.36% 235 0.17%
1952 62,220 51.97% 56,753 47.41% 739 0.62%
1948 38,270 44.38% 45,032 52.22% 2,926 3.39%
1944 41,145 43.72% 52,445 55.72% 527 0.56%
1940 38,495 43.12% 50,300 56.34% 488 0.55%
1936 21,097 28.54% 49,891 67.48% 2,943 3.98%
1932 28,231 41.97% 36,860 54.80% 2,176 3.23%
1928 42,743 79.37% 10,910 20.26% 200 0.37%
1924 34,264 83.82% 4,225 10.34% 2,389 5.84%
1920 24,543 74.66% 7,408 22.54% 922 2.80%
1916 9,353 48.42% 9,311 48.21% 651 3.37%
1912 3,426 25.73% 3,005 22.57% 6,882 51.69%
1908 7,211 64.31% 3,234 28.84% 768 6.85%
1904 6,594 68.65% 2,281 23.75% 730 7.60%
1900 6,478 59.43% 3,934 36.09% 489 4.49%
1896 5,638 52.00% 4,915 45.33% 290 2.67%
1892 4,785 50.14% 3,712 38.90% 1,046 10.96%
1888 5,404 53.17% 3,904 38.41% 856 8.42%
1884 4,328 48.14% 3,657 40.68% 1,005 11.18%



Genesee County is a Democratic stronghold. It has voted Democratic in every presidential election since 1932, except 5: 1952, 1956, 1960, 1972, and 1984. The county, however, has shifted to the right in recent elections, with the Democrats carrying it by less than 10 points in both 2016 and 2020.

The county government operates the jail, maintains rural roads, operates the major local courts, keeps files of deeds and mortgages, maintains vital records, administers public health regulations and safeguards public health, and participates with the state in the provision of welfare and other social services. The county board of commissioners controls the budget but has only limited authority to make laws or ordinances. In Michigan, most local government functions—police and fire, building and zoning, tax assessment, street maintenance, etc.—are the responsibility of individual cities and townships.

The Genesee County Road Commission, an independent county government unit, is head of a five-member Road Commission. Road Commissioners are appointed by the County Board of Commissioners with the daily management is handled by a manager-director.

Genesee County, except for the City of Flint, is under the jurisdiction of the 67th District Court of Michigan. District Courts have a limited jurisdiction as charged under state law. The 67th District Court operates in seven divisions, each with a single judge except for the Central Court Division, which is used for jury and felony cases.[11]

Genesee County is a founding member of the Karegnondi Water Authority[5] The "outcounty" area (all but the city of Flint) receives library services from the Genesee District Library.[12] The county equivalent for school is the Genesee Intermediate School District, which consist of school districts considered primarily within Genesee County. Charles Stewart Mott Community College is the local community college[13] serving the same area as the GISD.

  • Flint Area Narcotics Group is a Genesee County area anti-drug units head by the Michigan State Police consisting of 17 local members, some of whom loan police officers and resources to the group.[14]
  • Genesee Auto-Theft Investigation Network (GAIN) is a Genesee County Sheriff Department led anti-auto theft task forces with local government members.[15]

Elected officials[]

Executive offices Officer Party
Prosecuting Attorney
& County Counsel
David Leyton Democratic
Sheriff Christopher R. Swanson
County Clerk/
Register of Deeds
John J. Gleason
County Treasurer Deborah Cherry
Drain Commissioner,
County Water Agent & KWA CEO
Jeffrey Wright
County Surveyor Kim R. Carlson

[16]

Board of Commissioners
District Commissioner Party
1st Bryant W. Nolden Democratic
2nd Charles H. Winfrey Democratic
3rd Ellen Ellenburg Democratic
4th Domonique Clemons Democratic
5th
Chair
Mark Young Democratic
6th Shaun Shumaker Republican
7th Meredith Davis Republican
8th Debra Newman Democratic
9th Gary Peppin Democratic
[17]

Circuit Court Judges
Division Judge
Chief Judge
Civil/Criminal
Richard B. Yuille
Chief Judge Pro-Tem
Civil/Criminal
Archie L. Hayman[16]
Chief Judge Pro-Tem
Family
Duncan M. Beagle
Civil/Criminal Joseph J. Farah
Civil/Criminal Elizabeth Kelly[18]
Family John A. Gadola
Civil/Criminal Brian Pickell
Family David J. Newblatt
Family Michael J. Theile

67th District
Division Judge
Fenton Court,
Chief Judge
Mark McCabe
Mt. Morris Court
Chief Judge
Vikki Haley
Davison Court Jennifer Manley
Flushing Court David Goggins
4th (Grand Blanc) Christopher R. Odette[16]
Burton Court Hon. Judge Mark Latchana
  • Probate Court Judges
    • Jennie E. Barkey, chief
    • F. Kay Behm[16]

Office District Officeholder Political party[16]
U.S. Representative 5th Daniel T. Kildee Democratic
State Senator 14th Ruth Johnson Republican
32nd Ken Horn
27th Jim Ananich Democratic
State Representative 34th Cynthia Neeley Democratic
48th Sheryl Kennedy
49th John Cherry
50th Tim Sneller
51st Mike Mueller Republican

Cities, villages and townships[]


Cities[]

  • Burton
  • Clio
  • Davison
  • Fenton
  • Flint
  • Flushing
  • Grand Blanc
  • Linden
  • Montrose
  • Mount Morris
  • Swartz Creek

Villages[]

  • Gaines
  • Goodrich
  • Lennon (partially)
  • Otisville
  • Otter Lake (partially)

Townships[]

Charter

  • Clayton
  • Fenton
  • Flint
  • Flushing
  • Genesee
  • Grand Blanc
  • Montrose
  • Mount Morris
  • Mundy
  • Vienna


General law

  • Argentine
  • Atlas
  • Davison
  • Gaines
  • Richfield
  • Thetford
  • Forest



Unincorporated[]

CDP

  • Argentine
  • Beecher
  • Lake Fenton


Unincorporated community

  • Atlas
  • Bayport Park
  • Brent Creek
  • Duffield
  • Farrandville
  • Genesee
  • Huntingtown
  • Kipp Corners
  • Lakeside
  • Pine Run
  • Richfield Center
  • Rogersville
  • Russellville
  • Thetford Center
  • Rankin
  • Whigville
  • Whitesburg


See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Genesee County, Michigan

References[]

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ Paleobiology Database: Baleanoptera
  3. ^ http://paleodb.org/cgi-bin/bridge.pl?action=displayCollectionDetails&collection_no=51031 Paleobiology Database: Thetford Center
  4. ^ Fonger, Ron (July 24, 2010). "Genesee County commissioners vote to merge clerk, register of deeds offices". Flint Journal. http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2010/07/genesee_county_commissioners_v.html. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Thorne, Blake (October 27, 2010). "Karegnondi Water Authority sets course for cutting ties with Detroit water". Flint Journal. http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2010/10/karegnondi_water_authority_set.html. Retrieved 6 December 2011.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "fj" defined multiple times with different content
  6. ^ Historical Collections. Michigan State Historical Society, Michigan Historical Commission. 1907. p. 362. http://books.google.com/books?id=RhUUAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA362&lpg=PA362&dq=Garland+Flint+Township&source=bl&ots=F3QrKjex_B&sig=jZoMGyLwXqqA0imjP3apCGV0Zt8&hl=en&ei=6DmxSd-xKJLIMqXvmd4E&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=5&ct=result#PPA362,M1. 
  7. ^ Wood, Edwin O. (1916). History of Genesee County, Michigan, Her People, Industries and Institutions. Michigan Historical Commission. http://www.usgennet.org/usa/mi/county/lapeer/gen/ch5/pio.html. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. http://www.census.gov/tiger/tms/gazetteer/county2k.txt. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  9. ^ a b "American Factfinder". United States Census Bureau accessdate=March 11, 2012. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "AmFactFinder" defined multiple times with different content
  10. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 
  11. ^ "About 67th". County of Genesee. http://www.co.genesee.mi.us/districtcourt/About_67th/ABOUT%2067TH.html. 
  12. ^ Thorne, Blake (May 4, 2011). "Voters support new tax for Genesee District Library". The Flint Journal. http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2011/05/voters_support_new_tax_for_gen.html. 
  13. ^ Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ftp
  14. ^ Martindale, Mike (August 1, 2018). "MSP investigates drug unit over office drinking" (in en). Detroit News. https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/08/01/msp-investigates-drug-unit-over-office-drinking/883376002/. 
  15. ^ Bohn, Dean (December 25, 2009). "Genesee County auto theft unit reorganized, gaining members - again". Flint Journal (MLive Media Group). https://www.mlive.com/news/flint/2009/12/genesee_county_auto_theft_unit.html. 
  16. ^ a b c d e Averill, Andrew (November 7, 2012). "Genesee County election 2012 results so far". Flint Journal. http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2012/11/genesee_county_election_result_5.html#incart_river. 
  17. ^ Fonger, Ron (January 6, 2021). "Two campaigning to lead Genesee County commissioners in 2021". Flint Journal (MLive Media Group). https://www.mlive.com/news/flint/2021/01/two-campaigning-to-lead-genesee-county-commissioners-in-2021.html. 
  18. ^ Ahmad, Zahra (7 November 2018). "Live Genesee County election results for November 2018 midterm". mlive.com. https://www.mlive.com/news/flint/2018/11/post_521.html. 

External links[]

Coordinates: 43°01′N 83°43′W / 43.02, -83.71


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