St. Johns, Michigan

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St. Johns, Michigan
The Clinton County Courthouse, July 2014
The Clinton County Courthouse, July 2014
Location of St. Johns, Michigan
Location of St. Johns, Michigan
Coordinates: 43°0′3″N 84°33′24″W / 43.00083°N 84.55667°W / 43.00083; -84.55667Coordinates: 43°0′3″N 84°33′24″W / 43.00083°N 84.55667°W / 43.00083; -84.55667
Country United States
State Michigan
County Clinton
 • Total 3.87 sq mi (10.02 km2)
 • Land 3.87 sq mi (10.02 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 791 ft (241 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 7,865
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 7,896
 • Density 2,032.3/sq mi (784.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-70940[4]
GNIS feature ID 0636718[5]

St. Johns is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 7,865 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Clinton County.[6]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.87 square miles (10.02 km2), all of it land.[1] The city is situated in Bingham Township, but is administratively autonomous.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 7,376
1990 7,284 −1.2%
2000 7,458 2.4%
2010 7,865 5.5%

As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $41,713, and the median income for a family was $52,391. Males had a median income of $39,289 versus $27,940 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,611. About 4.9% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.6% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 7,865 people, 3,147 households, and 2,011 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,032.3 inhabitants per square mile (784.7/km2). There were 3,451 housing units at an average density of 891.7 per square mile (344.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.9% White, 1.4% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.2% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.6% of the population.

There were 3,147 households of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.1% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.95.

The median age in the city was 37.2 years. 25.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.5% were from 25 to 44; 24.1% were from 45 to 64; and 15.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.7% male and 52.3% female.


St. Johns celebrates the Mint Festival on the second weekend of each August, during the approximate time that mint farms surrounding the city harvest their mint. The mint festival is a weekend long event that brings in vendors that sell goods. The homemade crafts available in the past have included toys, clothing, jewelry, home decor, candles/incense, games, and personalized trinkets. There are also various food vendors and a large area of tents and tables set up for a flea market. The mint festival also features family friendly entertainment such as concerts, laser tag, wagon rides through the mint fields and volleyball games. In past years the St. Johns public library has had a donation-based book sale, consisting of redundant and/or rarely checked out titles. The Mint Pageant is held at the St. Johns High School Auditorium two weeks before the festival.

A recent addition to the city park is the Music Performance Shell. The completion of this modern facility has allowed a variety of acts, including military bands, dance troupes, and drama presentations, as well as musical performances of all genres, from country to classical to rock to perform for the community. This Performance Shell was funded by donations from the local businesses and citizens and replaced an aged and outdated much smaller shell.

We Hear You America contest[edit]

St. Johns Michigan received national attention in 2011 for its rank as one of the top cities receiving votes in a national contest sponsored by Reader's Digest.[7] St. Johns stands to receive $10,000 for its current 4th place in the contest, and will be featured in the May 2011 issue of Reader's Digest. The city plans to use the winnings to restore an old pool into a splash park for city youth and families to enjoy. Three of the top four cities in this contest were from Michigan. As of February 6, 2001, Grand Marais, Michigan is in first place and in 3rd place is Albion, Michigan. Bill Schafer, Recreation Director, states in the Lansing State Journal[8] it will take $300,000.00 to $400,000.00 to build the spray park.




Notable Residents[edit]


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, St. Johns has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.[9]

Crime Rate[edit]

Crime in St. Johns is significantly lower when compared to the national average, and average-to-high when compared to surrounding cities.

Violent Crime Rate in 2012 (note: higher number means more dangerous)[10]

Reported Incidents from 2001-2012 in St. Johns, MI :[11]


In January 2013, St. John's Middle School Vice Principal Bryan Purves received attention when he was accused of assaulting a student on school property.

The student, Domanic Hunnicutt, says he was on middle school grounds waiting for the bus when Vice Principal Bryan Purves approached him. Purves asked Hunnicutt to leave campus, its not known what caused the altercation or request for Hunnicutt to leave.

When Domanic refused to leave, Purves resorted to pushing and verbally harassing him. Initially, Purves denied ever making physical contact with the child until a video was released contradicting the principal's statement.[12]

Domanic and Purves do have a history throughout Middle School. Domanic was in Purves's office many times for various incidents, other parents have stepped forward saying their children had similar incidents with Purves. Purves was put on paid administrative leave after the incident happened January 25.[12]

In August 2014, St. Johns received negative publicity when three St. Johns cheerleaders went on a shoplifting spree in Traverse City, MI .

According to a police report, the incident took place on August 13 when the teens were in downtown Traverse City . After responding to a call, an officer initially could not find stolen items in the girls’ possession. But some teens at the event later admitted to cheer-leading coach Jennifer Brewer that they had stolen items from several downtown stores and she notified police on August 14, according to the police report. The three girls arrested were juveniles, thus the county did not release their names. Neither Brewer nor St. Johns Public Schools returned requests for comment.[13]


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ We Hear you America
  8. ^ "St. Johns needs your help to win national contest". 
  9. ^ Climate Summary for St. Johns, Michigan
  10. ^ Rates, City-Data St. Johns, MI
  11. ^ Crime Rates, City-Data St. Johns, MI
  13. ^ Shoplifting Spree, St. Johns Cheerleaders

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