Genesee County, Michigan

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Genesee County, Michigan
Genesee County MI Courthouse.JPG
Genesee County Courthouse in Flint
Seal of Genesee County, Michigan
Logo of Genesee County, Michigan
Map of Michigan highlighting Genesee County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the United States highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Founded March 28, 1835[1][2]
Named for Genesee County, New York
Seat Flint
Largest city Flint
 • Total 649.34 sq mi (1,682 km2)
 • Land 639.64 sq mi (1,657 km2)
 • Water 9.70 sq mi (25 km2), 1.49%
Population (Est.)
 • (2012) 418,408
 • Density 665/sq mi (256.8/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Genesee County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 425,790,[3] making it the fifth-most populous county in Michigan. According to the 2013 census estimate, the population has decreased to 415,376. The county seat and population center is Flint (birthplace of General Motors).[4]

Genesee County comprises the Flint, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area and is included in the Detroit-Warren-Ann Arbor, MI Combined Statistical Area.


Flint was created on March 28, 1835 and fully organized on April 4, 1836, and was named after Genesee County, New York.[1] 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[5] unearthed in Thetford Township during quarry work and estimated at 11,000 years old.[6]

In July 2010, the County Board voted for the clerk and register of deeds offices to merger on January 1, 2013.[7] On October 26, 2010,[8] Genesee County became a founding member of the Karegnondi Water Authority.[8]

Genesee County table/maps
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No Twp. Grand Blanc
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Flint Flint Flint
Flint Flint Flint
Flint Flint Flint
No Twp. Grand Blanc Grand Blanc
Argentine Argentine
Vienna Vienna Vienna
Flint Flint Flint
Flint Flint Flint
Mundy Mundy Grand Blanc
Argentine Argentine
Vienna Vienna Vienna
Flushing Flint Genesee
Flint Flint Flint
Mundy Mundy Grand Blanc
Argentine Fenton
Vienna Vienna Vienna
Flushing Flint Genesee
Flint Flint Kearsley
Mundy Mundy Grand Blanc
Argentine Fenton
Vienna Vienna Thetford
Flushing Flint Genesee
Flint Flint Kearsley
Gaines Mundy Grand Blanc
Argentine Fenton
9 March 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

Pewanagawink Vienna Thetford Forest
Flushing Flint Genesee Richfield
Clayton Flint Flint Davison
Gaines Mundy Grand Blanc Atlas
Argentine Fenton
Montrose Vienna Thetford Forest
Flushing Flint Genesee Richfield
Clayton Flint Flint Davison
Gaines Mundy Grand Blanc Atlas
Argentine Fenton
Montrose Vienna Thetford Forest
Flushing Mount Morris Genesee Richfield
Clayton Flint Village
Garland (Flint)[9]
Burton Davison
Gaines Mundy Grand Blanc Atlas
Argentine Fenton


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.[11]

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.


Further details: Flint, Michigan#Climate

On May 30, 2012, it was reported Genesee County has had 45 confirmed tornadoes since 1950 (most notably the 1953 Flint–Beecher tornado), more than any other county in Michigan in that time period.[12]

Adjacent counties[edit]






  • I‑75 - runs north and south through central Genesee County, merges with US 23 in Mundy Township
  • US 23 - runs north and south through central Genesee County, merges with I-75 in Mundy Township
  • I‑475 - alternate route of I-75/US23, runs north and south through central Genesee County
  • M‑54 - runs north and south through central Genesee County
  • M‑13 - runs north and south through western Genesee County, along the borders with Shiawassee County and Saginaw County and north of I-69
  • M‑15 - runs north and south through eastern Genesee County
  • I‑69 - runs east and west through central Genesee County
  • M‑21 - runs east and west through central Genesee County, west of I-475
  • M‑57 - runs east and west through northern Genesee County, west of M-15


Historical population
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%
Est. 2013 415,376 −2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]
2012 Estimate[14]

The 2010 United States Census[15] 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). 74.5% of the population were White, 20.7% Black or African American, 0.9% Asian, 0.5% Native American, 0.7% of some other race and 2.6% of two or more races. 3.0% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race). 15.0% were of German, 8.5% English, 8.0% Irish, 6.7% American and 5.2% French, French Canadian or Cajun ancestry.[16]

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[15] 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.


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.

Genesee County is a founding member of the Karegnondi Water Authority with Board of Commission Chair Jamie W. Curtis representing the County on the Authority Board.[8]

Genesee County elected officials[edit]

Board of Commissioners
District officeholder political party
1st Omar A. Sims Democrat
2nd Brenda Clack
Jamie W. Curtis
4th John W. Northrup
5th Mark Young
6th Tony Brown Republican
7th Archie H. Bailey Democrat
8th Ted Henry
9th Pegge Adams
Circuit Court Judges
Division officeholder
Chief Judge
Richard B. Yuille
Chief Judge Pro-Tem
Archie L. Hayman[17]
Chief Judge Pro-Tem
Duncan M. Beagle
Civil/Criminal Joseph J. Farah
Civil/Criminal Judith A. Fullerton[17]
Family John A. Gadola
Civil/Criminal Geoffrey L. Neithercut[17]
Family David J. Newblatt
Family Michael J. Theile[18]
  • Probate Court Judges
    • Jennie E. Barkey, chief
    • F. Kay Behm[17]
67th District
Division Judge
Fenton Court,
Chief Judge
Mark McCabe
Mt. Morris Court
Chief Judge Pro Tem
Larry Stecco
Davison Court John Conover
Flushing Court David Goggins
4th (Grand Blanc) Christopher R. Odette[17]
Burton Court Hon. Judge Mark Latchana

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.[19]

Office District Officeholder political party
U.S. Representative 5th Daniel T. Kildee Democrat
State Senator 26th David B. Robertson Republican
27th vacant
State Representative 34th Woodrow Stanley Democrat
48th Pam Faris
49th Jim Ananich
50th Charles Smiley
51st Joseph Graves
Community College C.S. Mott Multiple; see article Non-partisan


Cities, villages and townships[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Bibliography on Genesee County". Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ Genesee County
  3. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ Paleobiology Database: Baleanoptera
  6. ^ Paleobiology Database: Thetford Center
  7. ^ Fonger, Ron (July 24, 2010). "Genesee County commissioners vote to merge clerk, register of deeds offices". Flint Journal. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c Thorne, Blake (October 27, 2010). "Karegnondi Water Authority sets course for cutting ties with Detroit water". Flint Journal. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  9. ^ Historical Collections. Michigan State Historical Society, Michigan Historical Commission. 1907. p. 362. 
  10. ^ Wood, Edwin O. (1916). History of Genesee County, Michigan, Her People, Industries and Institutions. Michigan Historical Commission. 
  11. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  12. ^ Tornado Alley of Michigan is Genesee County, with more than any other since 1950 The Flint Journal via, May 30, 2013
  13. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "American Factfinder". United States Census Bureau accessdate=March 11, 2012. 
  16. ^ "American FactFinder"
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h Averill, Andrew (November 7, 2012). "Genesee County election 2012 results so far". Flint Journal. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "The Seventh Judicial Circuit Court Judges". County of Genesee. Retrieved 2007-01-17. 
  19. ^ "ABOUT 67TH". County of Genesee. Retrieved 2007-01-17. 

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