Grand Blanc, Michigan

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Grand Blanc, Michigan
City of Grand Blanc
Location within Genesee County
Location within Genesee County
Grand Blanc is located in Michigan
Grand Blanc
Grand Blanc
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°55′38″N 83°37′23″W / 42.92722°N 83.62306°W / 42.92722; -83.62306
CountryUnited States
 • TypeCouncil–manager[1]
 • MayorSusan J. Soderstrom
 • City managerWendy Jean-Buhrer[2]
 • Total3.62 sq mi (9.38 km2)
 • Land3.61 sq mi (9.35 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)  0.55%
837 ft (255 m)
 • Total8,276
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,180.66/sq mi (841.91/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48439, 48480
Area code(s)810
FIPS code26-33280[5]
GNIS feature ID0627081[6]

Grand Blanc is a city in Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan and a suburb of Flint. The population was 8,276 as of the 2010 US Census.


The unincorporated village of Grand Blanc, or Grumlaw, was a former Indian campground first settled by Jacob Stevens in spring 1822. Several years later, settlers improved the Indian trail to Saginaw; they laid out and staked it in 1829 as Saginaw Road.[8] Grand Blanc Township was formed in 1833 with area that would become the city.[9] The township center began to boom in 1864 with the arrival of the railroad (now known as the CSX Saginaw Subdivision).[10] With the post office there, the village was called Grand Blanc Centre by 1873, with the former Grand Blanc assuming the name Gibbonsville.[11]

By 1916, the community (population 400) had a grade school, a private bank, flour mill, an elevator, a creamery, and two churches, the Methodist Episcopal and the Congregational. The community was equipped with electrical lighting.[8]


Grand Blanc Centre incorporated as the City of Grand Blanc in 1930.[10] In 1939, the township and the city started a joint fire department.[12] In the 1970s, the Grand Blanc city, township and school district formed a joint parks and recreation department under a commission with 2 members from each entity.[13]

A ballot question in the May 2, 2006 Genesee County general election ended governmental research into a plan to consolidate the city and township governments; 68.62% of city voters opposed consolidation efforts whereas 31.38% were in favor.[14]

On January 20, 2019, the Township Board voted to rescind its joint fire department agreement in 90 days unless a new agreement is reached.[12] After eight decades of a shared fire department with Grand Blanc Township, the city decided to start up their own department starting July 25, 2019 and named a fire chief. Previously, the joint department was funded by each municipal levying a special levy of 0.5 mil for the department and designating 0.5 mil of general levy to the department.[2]

After look at the lack of management knowledge on the parks and recreation commission in the spring of 2019, the township and city decided to dissolve the commission. In January 2020, the decision was formalized in January 2020 with the township taking over the department to provide services to both municipalities. The city would go develop its own parks plan before starting its own department.[13]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.63 square miles (9.40 km2), of which, 3.61 square miles (9.35 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.[15]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20197,870[7]−4.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[16]

As of the 2000 US Census (the latest year for which data is available), the median income for a household in the city was $54,099, and the median income for a family was $82,456. Males had a median income of $61,522 versus $31,051 for females. The per capita income for the city was $32,622. About 3.7% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 US Census,[17] there were 8,276 people, 3,566 households, and 2,158 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,177.9 per square mile (844.5/km²). There were 3,784 housing units at an average density of 995.8 per square mile (386.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 82.5% White, 11.1% African American, 0.4% Native American, 2.8% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.6% of the population.

Of 3566 households, 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.4% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.94.

The city's population as of 2010 census data was 53.7% female and 46.3% male. The median age was 39.1 years and the population exhibits a bimodal age distribution with peak age groups at 10-14 and 45–49 years (7.5% and 7.2%, respectively).


The city has a council-manager form of government.[1] The municipality operates its own water system.[18]

The city is served by various specialized units of government:

District Number[21] Officeholder
U.S. Representative 5th Dan Kildee
State Senate 14 Ruth Johnson
State Representative 50 Tim Sneller
County Commissioner 5 Mark Young
District Court 67th 4th Division Christopher R. Odette
Community College C.S. Mott Multiple; see article


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  2. ^ a b Acosta, Roberto (April 11, 2019). "City of Grand Blanc to start own fire department". Flint Journal. Mlive Media Group. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  3. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 25, 2020.
  4. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
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  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
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  9. ^ Wood, Edwin O. (1916). History of Genesee County, Michigan, Her People, Industries and Institutions. Michigan Historical Commission.
  10. ^ a b Romig, Walter (1986). Michigan Place Names: The History of the Founding and the Naming of More Than Five Thousand Past and Present Michigan Communities. Wayne State University Press. pp. 231–232. ISBN 9780814318386. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  11. ^ Grand Blanc Centre, Gibsonville Map. Page 95. Genesee County 1873. Beers and Co.
  12. ^ a b Acosta, Roberto (February 5, 2019). "Grand Blanc Township ponders 'divorce' from city over fire services". Flint Journal. MLive Media Group. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  13. ^ a b c d Davis, Emilly (February 18, 2020). "Grand Blanc township and city splitting up again -- this time parks and rec department". Flint Journal. Mlive Media Group. Retrieved March 13, 2020.
  14. ^ "Summary Report | Regular Election | Official Results". Genesee County Clerk's Office. Archived from the original on 2 January 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  15. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
  16. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  17. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010". 2010 United States Census. US Census Bureau. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ Shively, J. "Genesee ISD" (PDF). Michigan Center for Geographic Information. State of Michigan. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  20. ^ "Grand Blanc Court". 67th District Court. County of Genesee. Retrieved April 11, 2014.
  21. ^ Genesee County Political District Map Book (PDF) (Map). Genesee County GIS Department. 2017. pp. 1, 11, 12. Retrieved October 10, 2017.

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Coordinates: 42°55′39″N 83°37′48″W / 42.92750°N 83.63000°W / 42.92750; -83.63000