Grand Blanc, Michigan
Location of Grand Blanc, Michigan
|Incorporated (city)||March 4, 1930|
|• Mayor||Susan J. Soderstrom|
|• City Manager||Paul J. Brake|
|• Total||3.63 sq mi (9.40 km2)|
|• Land||3.61 sq mi (9.35 km2)|
|• Water||0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2) 0.55%|
|Elevation||837 ft (255 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||8,144|
|• Density||2,292.5/sq mi (885.1/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP code||48439, 48480|
|GNIS feature ID||0627081|
The unincorporated village of Grand Blanc, or Grumlaw, was a former Indian campground first settled by Jacob Stevens in Spring 1822. The Indian trail to Saginaw was laided out and staked in 1829 as Saginaw Road.
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.
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.
In 2015, a resident of Grand Blanc and a student of Grand Blanc Community Schools, Shriya Yarlagadda, placed 2nd in the 27th National Geographic Bee. Grand Blanc is the hometown of New York–based, avant-jazz musician Nicole Federici, who has performed with Andrew D'Angelo, Butch Morris, Matt Wilson, and William Parker. The city is also home to one of the greatest prep distance runners in the nation, Grant Fisher, who was the 7th high school runner to break the 4 minute mile and has won multiple national cross country and track and field championships, and Chuck Forrest, Jeopardy! winner in 1986.
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.
As of the 2010 US Census, 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 is served by various specialized units of government:
- Grand Blanc Community Schools
- Genesee District Library, which has a branch location, Grand Blanc-McFarlen, in the city
- Fourth Division B of the 67th District Court of the State of Michigan.
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