|City of Burton|
|• Type||Strong Mayor-Council|
|• Mayor||Paula Zelenko|
|• Council President||Tom Martinbianco|
|• Vice President||Danny Wells|
|• Council||Ellen Ellenburg|
|• Council||Vaughn Smith|
|• Total||23.43 sq mi (60.68 km2)|
|• Land||23.36 sq mi (60.50 km2)|
|• Water||0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)|
|Elevation||771 ft (235 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||29,432|
|• Density||1,284.2/sq mi (495.8/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP code||48439, 48509, 48519, 48529|
|GNIS feature ID||1675445|
- Belsay is on Belsay Road at the rail track north of I-69 and Court Street and south of Davison Road. .
- Lapeer Heights is at Belsay Road and Roberta Road and south of Lapeer Road. .
Although there were other persons who purchased land earlier, and even some who attempted to settle there, the first permanent white settler in the area is considered to be Levi Gilkey, who purchased land on May 11, 1831, and settled near the mouth of the Gilkey Creek (in what is now part of Flint). In 1833, Burton was part of Grand Blanc Township when the Grand Blanc was initially organized. Many of the original settlers of Burton came from the towns of Adams and Henderson in Jefferson County, New York. For many years the place was known as the Atherton settlement, after brothers Shubael and Perus Atherton and nephew Pling Atherton Skinner (and later joined by another brother, Adonijah), who settled on the Thread Creek in 1835.
The City of Burton was originally organized as Burton Township, named after John Burton, a local farmer. Burton Township had first been a part of Grand Blanc Township in 1835 then Flint Township in 1836. The North part of Burton was part of Kearsley Township along with the Southern part of Genesee Township from 1839 until 1843 when the township was merged back into Flint Township. When the City of Flint incorporated, Burton Township was separated from Flint Township by the Genesee County Board of Supervisors on October 12, 1855, although the first township meeting did not take place until April 7, 1856, which is sometimes taken as the actual date of organization. Over the years, large portions of the northern and western sides of the township were annexed by the City of Flint for revenues. On May 16, 1972, township residents voted to incorporate and the City of Burton was officially formed July 1 of that year.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.43 square miles (60.68 km2), of which, 23.36 square miles (60.50 km2) of it is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2) is water.
|Township until after 1970 census. Source: Census Bureau. Census 1960- 2000, 2010.|
As of the census of 2010, there were 29,999 people, 11,964 households, and 8,041 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,284.2 inhabitants per square mile (495.8 /km2). There were 13,075 housing units at an average density of 559.7 per square mile (216.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.1% White, 7.3% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.1% of the population.
There were 11,964 households of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.8% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.00.
The median age in the city was 38.6 years. 24% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.9% were from 25 to 44; 28% were from 45 to 64; and 13.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 30,308 people, 11,699 households, and 8,165 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,291.3 per square mile (498.6/km²). There were 12,348 housing units at an average density of 526.1 per square mile (203.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.09% White, 3.55% African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.81% from other races, and 2.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.33% of the population.
There were 11,699 households out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.8% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.08.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $44,050, and the median income for a family was $50,332. Males had a median income of $41,433 versus $27,601 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,548. About 5.5% of families and 8.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.6% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.
There are three public school districts currently organized within the Burton city limits. These are Atherton Community Schools(being the 1st school started in 1836 by Betsy Atherton and still serving the community today, and placed in the Library of Congress in 2011 being 175 years old), Bendle Public Schools and Bentley Community Schools. Parts of the City are served by Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools, Davison Community Schools, Grand Blanc Community Schools and Kearsley Community Schools.
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