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|• Total||7.38 sq mi (19.11 km2)|
|• Land||7.13 sq mi (18.47 km2)|
|• Water||0.25 sq mi (0.65 km2)|
|Elevation||856 ft (261 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||8,821|
|• Density||1,240.0/sq mi (478.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0630146|
Lapeer is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and is the county seat of Lapeer County. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,841. Most of the city was incorporated from land that was formerly in Lapeer Township, though portions were also annexed from Mayfield Township and Elba Township. The city government is politically independent of all three townships. Lapeer is in southern Michigan, east of Flint, on the Flint River. The name "Lapeer" is an Americanization of the French la pierre, which means 'stone'. (See List of Michigan county name etymologies.)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.38 square miles (19.11 km2), of which, 7.13 square miles (18.47 km2) is land and 0.25 square miles (0.65 km2) is water. It is considered to be part of the Thumb of Michigan, which in turn is a subregion of the Flint/Tri-Cities.
Most Common Employment: Manufacturing 26.4% Educational, Health 24.5% Retail 10.3%
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (2000 Census)
As of the census of 2010, there were 8,841 people, 3,446 households, and 1,927 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,240.0 inhabitants per square mile (478.8 /km2). There were 3,956 housing units at an average density of 554.8 per square mile (214.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.6% White, 7.6% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.9% of the population.
There were 3,446 households of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.1% were married couples living together, 18.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.1% were non-families. 39.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.97.
The median age in the city was 36 years. 24.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 11% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.2% were from 25 to 44; 24.2% were from 45 to 64; and 13.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.5% male and 48.5% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 9,072 people, 3,443 households, and 1,979 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,635.5 per square mile (631.1/km²). There were 3,658 housing units at an average density of 659.5 per square mile (254.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.91% White, 5.95% African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.09% from other races, and 1.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.33% of the population.
There were 3,443 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.3% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.5% were non-families. 36.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 36.5% from 25 to 44, 17.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 106.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $35,526, and the median income for a family was $42,872. Males had a median income of $36,731 versus $24,552 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,608. About 8.5% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.3% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.
Government and infrastructure
Lapeer is member of Karegnondi Water Authority and of the Greater Lapeer County Utilities Authority. Lapeer is served by the Lapeer District Library. Public schools in the Lapeer are run by the Lapeer Community Schools and the following private schools:
- St Paul Lutheran School
- Bishop Kelley Catholic School
- Montessori Children's Center
- Marguerite de Angeli - Writer and illustrator of children's books including the 1950 Newbery Award winning book The Door in the Wall 
- Rob Rubick - Former Detroit Lions tight end.
- Terry Nichols - Oklahoma City Bombing conspirator.
- Victor Prather - Set an altitude record for manned balloon flight in 1960 (held until 2012). Helped develop the space suit.
- Jake Long - University of Michigan Offensive lineman. 2008 1st overall NFL draft pick currently plays for the St. Louis Rams.
Rail and bus
Greater Lapeer Transportation Authority (GLTA) is the local public bus system serving Lapeer and the surrounding area.
- The County Press is a local newspaper, published Sundays and Wednesdays.
- The Lapeer Area View is a free local newspaper, mailed to homes throughout the county every Thursday.
- Daily editions of the Flint Journal, Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News are also available throughout the area.
Lapeer is in the Detroit television market; Lapeer also receives most stations from the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City market. Charter Communications in Lapeer carry most Detroit channels and most major Flint/Tri-Cities channels.
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- Thorne, Blake (October 27, 2010). "Karegnondi Water Authority sets course for cutting ties with Detroit water". Flint Journal. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
- Hogan, Jeff (June 16, 2010). "Lapeer signs onto water authority". The County Press. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
- "Library Board". Lapeer District Library website. Lapeer County. Retrieved 9 December 2011.