Davison, Michigan

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City of Davison
City
Nickname(s): City of Flags
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
Country United States
State Michigan
County Genesee
Government
 • Mayor Tim Bishop
 • City Manager Michael Hart
Area[1]
 • City 1.98 sq mi (5.13 km2)
 • Land 1.98 sq mi (5.13 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 794 ft (242 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • City 5,173
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 5,078
 • Density 2,612.6/sq mi (1,008.7/km2)
 • Metro 425,790
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 48423
Area code(s) 810
FIPS code 26-19880[4]
GNIS feature ID 0624356[5]
Website cityofdavison.org

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 town formerly known as Davisonville, now known as Atlas.[8]

History[edit]

Davison Station[edit]

Township section 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 through the settlement was finished in 1871 marked the beginning of Davison Station. The first saw mill in the township was also build 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 1959 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 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.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.98 square miles (5.13 km2), all land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 163
1890 456 179.8%
1900 751 64.7%
1910 673 −10.4%
1920 811 20.5%
1930 1,298 60.0%
1940 1,397 7.6%
1950 1,745 24.9%
1960 3,761 115.5%
1970 5,259 39.8%
1980 6,087 15.7%
1990 5,693 −6.5%
2000 5,536 −2.8%
2010 5,173 −6.6%
Est. 2014 5,000 [10] −3.3%
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.

Government[edit]

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

Notable people[edit]

Davison is the hometown for participants in several prominent events in American history.

  • Marcel Defever (vls), Gazette van Detroit columnist
  • Kathleen Flinn, an award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author's 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.[14]
  • 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.
  • Robert Longfield, noted American composer and arranger, served as the band and orchestra director at Davison High School from 1972-1987.
  • Brent Metcalf, two time NCAA national wrestling champion
  • 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.
  • Ken Morrow, retired ice hockey defenseman, played on the U.S. men's ice hockey team in the 1980 Olympic Winter Games that won the gold medal by beating Finland after defeating the Soviet Union's team in what has become known as the Miracle on Ice. Morrow also played for the New York Islanders, becoming the first player to win an Olympic gold medal and an NHL championship in one season.
  • Barry Stokes, a former NFL football player, is from Davison.
  • Tim Thomas, Goaltender for the Boston Bruins is a 1992 graduate of Davison High School. In 2011 Thomas won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins, and he also won the Conn Smythe Trophy (Stanley Cup playoffs MVP) in 2011 and the Vezina Trophy (best goaltender in the NHL) in 2009, and 2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  4. ^ a b "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. ^ "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. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  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. ^ http://www.michigan.gov/libraryofmichigan/0,2351,7-160-54574_39583-142789--,00.html

External links[edit]

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