|City of Davison|
|Nickname(s): City of Flags|
|• Mayor||Tim Bishop|
|• City Manager||Michael Hart|
|• City||1.98 sq mi (5.13 km2)|
|• Land||1.98 sq mi (5.13 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||794 ft (242 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||5,078|
|• Density||2,612.6/sq mi (1,008.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0624356|
Davison is a city in Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan and a suburb of Flint. The population was 5,536 at the 2000 census and fell to 5,173 by the 2010 census. Davison is located within Davison Township, but is administratively autonomous.
Davison was first settled in 1842 by Eleazer Thurston.
Davison was named after Judge Norman Davison, who founded a nearby town formerly known as Davisonville, now known as Atlas.
Davison is the hometown for participants in several prominent events in American history.
- Thomas C. Hart, a U.S. Navy admiral and Superintendent of the Naval Academy in the early 20th Century, was born in Davison and graduated early from Davison High School to attend Annapolis, beginning a career that saw him at the forefront of developing combat strategies in submarine warfare. Admiral Hart was a US senator from Connecticut in the last years of his life. The US Navy frigate USS Thomas C. Hart (FF-1192) was named in his honor.
- Brent Metcalf, two time NCAA national wrestling champion
- Ken Morrow, an ice hockey defenseman, played on the U.S. men's ice hockey team in the 1980 Olympic Winter Games that won the gold medal by beating Finland after defeating the Soviet Union's team in what has become known as the Miracle on Ice. Morrow also played for the New York Islanders, becoming the first player to win an Olympic gold medal and an NHL championship in one season.
- Kathleen Flinn, journalist and best-selling author of the culinary memoir The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry, was raised in Davison; she frequently refers to her experiences growing up on the family farm here as formative to her life as a chef and food writer.
- Barry Stokes, a former NFL football player, is from Davison.
- The post-hardcore band Chiodos started in Davison.
- Robert Longfield, American composer and arranger, served as the band and orchestra director at Davison High School from 1972-1987.
- Tim Thomas, Goaltender for the Boston Bruins is a 1992 graduate of Davison High School. In 2011 Thomas won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins, and he also won the Conn Smythe Trophy (Stanley Cup playoffs MVP) in 2011 and the Vezina Trophy (best goaltender in the NHL) in 2009, and 2011.
- Birthplace of current Chiodos singer and former D.R.U.G.S. singer, Craig Owens (vocalist).
- Filmmaker Michael Moore was born 1954 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Flint, Michigan, spent most of his childhood in Davison, and graduated from Davison High School in 1972.
- Adam Kotsko, author, translator and professor at Shimer College, was born in Flint, Michigan, but grew up and attended high school in Davison.
In January 2010, it was announced that Davison City Manager Dale Martin and Davison Township, Michigan Supervisor Kurt Soper had begun preliminary meetings discussing the possibility of merging the two municipalities.
As of the census of 2010, there were 5,173 people, 2,371 households, and 1,314 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,617.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 94.9% White, 1.8% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander, 0.7% from other races, and 2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.
The 2010 census lists 2,371 households out of which 640 (27%) had children under the age of 18 living with them, 837 (35.3%) were married couples living together, 349 (14.7%) had a female householder with no husband present, and 1,057 (44.6%) were non-families. 936 (39.5%) of all households were made up of individuals and 492 (18.1%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.91. In the city the population was spread out with 25.8% aged birth to 19, 12.1% from 20 to 29, 12.6% from 30 to 39, 13.1% from 40 to 49, 13% 50 to 59, 11.1% from 60 to 69, and 12.1% who were 70 years of age or older. The median age was 39.5 years.
According to the American Community Survey, 2010, The median income for a household in the city was $37,793, and the mean income for a household was $48,643. The per capita income for the city was $23,132. About 14.5% of families and 17.5% of the city population were below the poverty line, with 26.6% of those being under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.
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