Davison, Michigan

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City of Davison
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Location of Davison, Michigan
Location of Davison, Michigan
Coordinates: 43°1′52″N 83°31′1″W / 43.03111°N 83.51694°W / 43.03111; -83.51694
CountryUnited States
 • MayorTim Bishop
 • City ManagerAndrea Schroeder
 • City1.99 sq mi (5.14 km2)
 • Land1.99 sq mi (5.14 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
794 ft (242 m)
 • City5,173
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,481.87/sq mi (958.10/km2)
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)810
FIPS code26-19880[4]
GNIS feature ID0624356[5]

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.[6] Davison is located within Davison Township survey township area (7N 8E), but is administratively autonomous.

Davison was named after Judge Norman Davison, a judge of Lapeer County and a delegate to state constitution convention of 1835.[7] He resided in a nearby hamlet formerly known as Davisonville, now known as Atlas.[8]


Davison Station[edit]

Township section 3, 9 and 10 was Davison Station, which was first settled in 1842 by Eleazer Thurston in section 10. The line of the Chicago and Lake Huron Railroad (now Canadian National Railway) through the settlement was finished in 1871 marked the beginning of Davison Station. The first saw mill in the township was also built here that year by Dunn and Darling. The township and the settlement had in 1872 a number of firsts: doctor, L. W. Hanson, merchant Damon Stewart and tavern owned and operated by Henry S. Rising.[8] On April 10, 1872, Davison Station post office open[9] with Stewart as the postmaster.[8] The Free Will Baptist Church, formed in 1859 at and hosted at Herrick Schoolhouse two miles away, moved to a frame church building in the village in 1872.[8]

In 1873, a cheese factory and flouring mill opened.[8] The Davison Station post office was renamed to just Davison on June 30, 1893.[9]

Davison Village[edit]

By 1916, Davison was incorporated as a village. In that year, the village had an auditorium, a state bank, Masonic and Odd Fellows lodges, four churches, the Catholic, the Methodist Episcopal, the Free Methodist and the Baptist. The estimated population was 700.[7]

In Nov. 1960 the Stimson Department Store burned down. Leaking gas was said to be the cause of the explosion and fire. It was located at 217 N. Main St. and Second Street, where the former A&P store was located, and later Rogers TV. On October 19, 1961, a new store was opened at that location, the Davison Department Store, managed by the Stimson family.

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.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.98 square miles (5.13 km2), all land.[10]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20174,929[3]−4.7%
Source: Census Bureau. 2000, 1960-1990[11]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[4] 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,[12] 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.


The municipality operates its own well water system.[13]

Notable people[edit]

  • Michael Moore, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, was born in 1954 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Flint, Michigan, spent most of his childhood in Davison, and graduated from Davison High School in 1972.
  • John Sinclair, poet, human rights activist, manager of the MC5, and founder of the anti-racist White Panther Party was raised in Davison.[14]
  • Kathleen Flinn, an award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. Her memoir, "Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good" about her life growing up in Davison was named a 2015 Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan.[15]
  • 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.
  • Ken Morrow, professional ice hockey defenseman and Stanley Cup winner who played in the 1980 Miracle on Ice game was raised in Davison.


  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jan 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "Davison (city) QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau". Quickfacts.census.gov. Retrieved 2014-07-08.
  7. ^ a b Wood, Edwin O. (1916). "XXVI Villages of Genesee County". History of Genesee County, Michigan, Her People, Industries and Institutions. Michigan Historical Commission. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c d e Ellis, Franklin (1879). "Davison". History of Genesee County, Michigan: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Everts & Abbott. pp. 398–405. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  9. ^ a b Ellis, David M. Michigan Postal History, The Post Offices 1805-1986. 12-Dec-1993. Via U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Davison Post Office
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
  11. ^ "1960 to 1990 Census Count by for Michigan and Subcounties" (PDF). MIchigan.gov. State of Michigan. p. 10. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  12. ^ US Census Bureau ACSO Web Staff. "American Community Survey".
  13. ^ Adams, Dominic (June 27, 2014). "Flint monthly water and sewer bills highest in Genesee County by $35". The Flint Journal. Mlive Media Group. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  14. ^ https://amp.detroitnews.com/amp/75160744
  15. ^ http://www.michigan.gov/libraryofmichigan/0,2351,7-160-54574_39583-142789--,00.html

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Coordinates: 43°02′05″N 83°31′05″W / 43.03472°N 83.51806°W / 43.03472; -83.51806