Flint Township, Michigan

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Charter Township of Flint
"An ideal place to work. A great place to live"[1]
Charter Township of Flint is located in Michigan
Charter Township of Flint
Charter Township of Flint
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°59′54″N 83°45′17″W / 42.99833°N 83.75472°W / 42.99833; -83.75472Coordinates: 42°59′54″N 83°45′17″W / 42.99833°N 83.75472°W / 42.99833; -83.75472
CountryUnited States
 • TypeSupervisor-Board
 • SupervisorKaryn Miller
 • ClerkKathy Funk
 • TreasurerLisa R. Anderson
 • TrusteesFrank Kasle
George J. Menoutes
Belenda Parker[2]
 • Total23.6 sq mi (61.2 km2)
 • Land23.6 sq mi (61.2 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
791 ft (241 m)
 • Total31,929
 • Density628.9/sq mi (242.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
48507, 48532
Area code(s)810
FIPS code26-29020[3]
GNIS feature ID1626286[4]
WebsiteCharter Township of Flint, Michigan

The Charter Township of Flint is a charter township of Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 31,929 at the 2010 census. The City of Flint is adjacent to the township on the east, but is administratively autonomous.


Wayne County was formed within the Northwest Territory covering the Lower Peninsula. The Saginaw Valley Treaty was signed with the Chippewa Indians in 1819. In 1836, the Pewanigo tribe of the Saginaw Indians sign a treaty with the US government that gave all remaining land in Genesee County for 13 sections of land west of the Mississippi River with the land to be sold for the Indians' benefits.[5]

For additional information, see Genesee County, Michigan and Michigan.

On March 9, 1833, the Township of Grand Blanc was organized which then included Flint Township survey area and many of the other survey township areas of the future Genesee County.[6] The first permanent settlers in the area were Elijah Carmen and his family, who arrived in 1835.[7]


Flint Township was organized on March 2, 1836 and included the township areas of Burton, Clayton, Flushing, Mt. Morris, Genesee, Thetford, Vienna and Montrose.[6] Jesse Torrey and his family, the second settlers, move to section 24 starting the Torrey Settlement in 1836. That same year, William N. Stanard founded the Stanard Settlement on section 35.[7]

settlement section founder year
Torrey 24 Jesse Torrey 1836
Dye 20 Reuben Dye 1843
Cronk 7, 8 James W. Cronk 1837
Stanard 35 William N. Stanard 1836


On March 11, 1837, Vienna Township was organized to include the future townships of Montrose and Thetford.[6] James W. Cronk in 1837 settled on sections 7 and 8 lending his name to the settlement there.[7]

Genesee and Flushing Townships where split off on March 6, 1838.[6] In 1838 the first schoolhouse was built in Flint Township in Section 23 on the bank of Swartz Creek.[7] As many as ten school districts were created. within the township,[7]

On April 19, 1839, Kearsley Township was split off from Flint Township[6] until March 7, 1843 when it was merged back into Flint Township.[8] The Crockersville post office under its name sake postmaster George Crocker on August 21, 1843.[9]

In 1855, Burton Township on October 12 separated from the Township[6] and the City of Flint was incorporated, thus splitting its area from the Township. The Township was then temporarily known as Garland Township[10] after Burton was split off on October 12, 1855 to February 5, 1856.[8]

The unincorporated village of Otterburn was given a station on the Grand Trunk Railroad in 1882 then a Post Office on August 27, 1887.[11] On January 9, 1862, the Crockersville post office was closed down.[9]

In 1950s, GM executive started a "New Flint" regional/metropolitan government plan to incorporate the metropolitan area into Flint.[12] In 1953, the Township began incorporation discussions as the City of Westhaven, but that possibility was later defeated.[13] The metro government proposal was released in 1957 and petition began circulating the next year. Township supervisor John R. Dickenson condemn the plan.[12]

Area residents were fearful of the New Flint would take the Otterburn plant into its borders. While New Flint proponents indicated that that would not be the case, Swartz Creek area residents campaigned against New Flint while moving to incorporate the area. The Township lost the Otterburn area to the City of Swartz Creek upon its incorporation[12] in 1959.

After the City of Flint annexed the GM Van Slyke plant and the city's Bishop Airport in the 1970s, the Township place on the ballot an incorporation question that would have made it the City of Grandview Heights. Another item on the ballot was the election of a mayor for the new city. The incorporation question failed, while the then Township Supervisor Tom Mansour won the mayoral election.[14] In August 1970, Genesee Valley Center opened at Miller and Linden Roads.[15]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 23.6 square miles (61 km2), all land. The Township is mostly an L-shape around the southwest side of the City of Flint and split in two along I-69/I-75 interchange south along Bishop Airport to Mundy Township.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Source: Census Bureau. Census 1960- 2000, 2010.

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 33,691 people, 13,972 households, and 9,025 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,425.5 per square mile (550.5/km²). There were 14,864 housing units at an average density of 628.9 per square mile (242.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 77.77% White, 16.12% African American, 0.61% Native American, 2.20% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.75% from other races, and 2.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.33% of the population.

There were 13,972 households out of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the township the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $39,718, and the median income for a family was $48,763. Males had a median income of $41,449 versus $26,933 for females. The per capita income for the township was $22,216. About 7.8% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.4% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.


The governmental unit responsible for most K12 education in the township is Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools with Swartz Creek Community Schools and Flushing Community Schools serving parts of the township.

District Number Officeholders
U.S. Representative 5 Dan Kildee
State Senate Jim Ananich
State Representative 49th Phil Phelps
County Commissioner 2nd (17th Precinct) Brenda Clack
4th (12-15, 18, 19 Precincts) John W. Northrup
8th Ted Henry
School District Carman-Ainsworth Multiple: see articles
Flushing Multiple: see articles
Swartz Creek Multiple: see articles
Community College C.S. Mott Multiple; see article
Polling Location



Bishop International Airport is adjacent to and occupies a portion of Flint Township. The township is served by the Mass Transportation Authority bus lines. In addition, three major highways—I-75, I-69 and US 23—which run through the township intersect one mile (1.6 km) from Bishop Airport. Also, three major rail lines—Grand Trunk Western, CSX Transportation, and Michigan Central Railway—intersect at the township's northern border.


  1. ^ "Charter Township of Flint, Michigan". Charter Township of Flint, Michigan. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  2. ^ General Election Official Results Summary Report for 11/4/2008. GENESEE COUNTY, MICHIGAN. 11/17/08
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Flint Township, Michigan
  5. ^ Hayes, Yutha (1976). Going up the Swartz. Swartz Creek: Bicentennial Commission of Swartz Creek.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Wood, Edwin O. (1916). History of Genesee County, Michigan, Her People, Industries and Institutions. Michigan Historical Commission.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Wood, Edwin O. (1916). "Chapter V: Flint Township". History of Genesee County, Michigan, Her People, Industries and Institutions. Michigan Historical Commission. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  8. ^ a b Ellis, Franklin (1879). History of Genesee county, Michigan. With illustrations and biographical sketches of its prominent men and pioneers. Philadelphia, PA.: Everts & Abbott. p. 345.
  9. ^ a b Romig, Walter (1973). Michigan Place Names (illustrated, reprint ed.). Wayne State University Press. p. 140. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  10. ^ Historical Collections. Michigan State Historical Society, Michigan Historical Commission. 1907. p. 362.
  11. ^ Romig, Walter (1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. p. 423. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X.
  12. ^ a b c Highsmith, Andrew R. (July 6, 2015). Demolition Means Progress: Flint, Michigan, and the Fate of the American. University of Chicago Press. p. 122,123,139. ISBN 9780226050058. Retrieved July 13, 2016.
  13. ^ Roberto Acosta (May 6, 2012). "Flint Township forms committee to discuss potential name change, becoming city". The Flint Journal. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  14. ^ "Genesee Valley becomes new 'downtown' for Flint area]". Flint Journal. Booth Newspapers. Archived from the original on February 24, 2011.
  15. ^ Sanders, Rhonda. "Journal of the 20th Century: Trip through just-opened Genesee Valley reveals a brand-new world of shopping". The Flint Journal. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved 2007-12-17.

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