Grand Blanc, Michigan
|Incorporated (city)||March 4, 1930|
|• Mayor||Susan J. Soderstrom|
|• City Manager||Paul J. Brake|
|• Total||3.63 sq mi (9.40 km2)|
|• Land||3.61 sq mi (9.35 km2)|
|• Water||0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2) 0.55%|
|Elevation||837 ft (255 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||8,144|
|• Density||2,292.5/sq mi (885.1/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP code||48439, 48480|
|GNIS feature ID||0627081|
Grand Blanc is a city in Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan and a suburb of Flint. The population was 8,276 as of the 2010 US Census. The city is situated within Grand Blanc Charter Township, but is politically independent. A ballot question in the May 2, 2006 Genesee County general election ended governmental research into a plan to consolidate the city and township governments; 68.62% of city voters opposed consolidation efforts whereas 31.38% were in favor.
As of the 2000 US Census (the latest year for which data is available), the median income for a household in the city was $54,099, and the median income for a family was $82,456. Males had a median income of $61,522 versus $31,051 for females. The per capita income for the city was $32,622. About 3.7% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2010 US Census, there were 8,276 people, 3,566 households, and 2,158 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,177.9 per square mile (844.5/km²). There were 3,784 housing units at an average density of 995.8 per square mile (386.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 82.5% White, 11.1% African American, 0.4% Native American, 2.8% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.6% of the population.
Of 3566 households, 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.4% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.94.
The city's population as of 2010 census data was 53.7% female and 46.3% male. The median age was 39.1 years and the population exhibits a bimodal age distribution with peak age groups at 10-14 and 45–49 years (7.5% and 7.2%, respectively).
Grand Blanc Community Schools are known for their high Michigan Educational Assessment Program(or MEAP) testing scores. The local public high school is Grand Blanc Community High School. Grand Blanc has nine elementary (primary) schools including Anderson, Brendel, City, Cook, Indian Hill, Mason, McGrath, Myers, and Reid Elementary Schools. It also has two middle schools, East Middle School and West Middle School, both built in 2006. Grand Blanc's mascot is the Bobcat, and its colors are black and red. It is also home to a private grade school, Holy Family Catholic School. Its mascot is the Panther and its colors are blue and yellow.
GBH-TV is the district's television station. Grand Blanc sporting events, and other important dates or information are cablecast to anyone in the Grand Blanc area who has local cable television. As a lower-grade version of GBH-TV, there is ETV and WTV, where students practice their broadcasting skills, and both shows air at 8:11 am daily and shows throughout the school.
Public services available within the city include three parks, the McFarlen branch of the Genesee District Library, a seasonal Farmer’s Market, and the Heritage Association Museum.
The city’s three parks were all established in the 20th century. The first, Rust Park, was donated to the city by E. Sumner and Mary Rust in 1939 and features access to Thread Creek, a trail network and various other amenities. Each year, it is home to citywide traditions including canoe and rubber duck races. The second park, The Grand Blanc Community Commons, is located behind McFarlen Library on land formerly home to a working farm. After being slated for rezoning in the 1970s, the land was eventually turned over to the city after being purchased from the McFarlen family with funds raised to prevent its development. The preserve has been mapped twice: a hand-drawn map by Louise Dawson and a GPS trail guide by Alex Hill are available from the city website. The most recent addition, Physicians Park, has been expanded since its original donation in 1990 to include a winter ice rink among other improvements.
Heritage Association Museum
A nonprofit organization, the museum is housed in an historic church building attached to the current City Hall. The museum houses two floors of local historical artifacts, organizes community activities, offers historical information and archives photos of Grand Blanc and the surrounding area.
Grand Blanc Farmer’s Market
Founded in 2006, the Grand Blanc Farmer’s Market offers local growers and artisans the opportunity to showcase their work. The market is located on Grand Boulevard directly across from City Hall and operates on Sundays from spring through autumn each year. Recently, the market began accepting Project Fresh, SNAP and Bridge cards.
S. Saginaw Rd., home to the city’s business district, offers a variety of local and national retailers and service providers. Local restaurants include Little Joe’s, Luca’s Chophouse, Ziggies, Leo's Coney Island, and Sweatwaters among others. In 2006, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) approved a plan to develop a "downtown" area for the city which included construction of a new road connecting Grand Blanc Road to Reid Road near Physicians Park. Development did not take off and the road is often referred to as "the road that leads to no where." The weekly Farmers Market is held on the empty road, named Grand Blanc Boulevard.
Grand Blanc Township formerly hosted the annual Buick Open PGA Tour golf tournament at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club; however, the tournament was discontinued and replaced with the Greenbrier Classic at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia following the 2009 open.
- Elias Abuelazam, "The Genesee County Serial Slasher" - serial killer
- Mark Ingram, Jr., 2009 Heisman Trophy winner and running back for the New Orleans Saints
- Jay Meetze, Founder of Opera Company of Brooklyn - attended and graduated from Grand Blanc High School in 1991
- Evan Peters, Actor best known for his roles in American Horror Story, American Horror Story: Asylum, and Never Back Down
- Andrew Caldwell, Actor best known for roles in Hannah Montana, Shredderman Rules, and College
- Rob Paulson, Daytime Emmy Award Winning Voice Actor, Run's "Talkin' Toons with Rob Paulsen" Podcast.
- Geena Gall, Olympian
- Jeff Beach, Founder & CEO of "New York Casual" clothing company.
- Karl Welzein aka DadBoner, Founder & CEO of Bad Boy City, USA, owner and proprieter of Captain Karl's Pizza Ship, social media guru.
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