Communities at a Glance
The Charter Township of Fenton
The Charter Township of Flushing
Argentine Township was founded in 1836 by James Murray and William Lobdell. It is in the southwest corner of Genesee County bounded in the north by Gaines, east by Linden and Fenton Township, south by Livingston County and west by Shiawassee County. Mr. Murray was the postmaster of what was first called Booton. In 1842 Murray changed the name to Argentine.The lush area has many lakes, including Lobdell, named for one of the founders, Bennett, Myers, McKane, McCaslin, Softwater, Bass, Mud, Croft, Otter, and the Shiawassee River.
Today this rural area of over 6,800 is full of farms, rivers and lakes and is one of the most beautiful areas of Genesee County. The median age of residents is 40, the average household income is $68,839 and the typical home runs $186,100. For more visit www.argentinetownship.com
Atlas Township was organized in 1836 and was originally part of Lapeer County. The township was detached from Lapeer County and added to Genesee County in 1843.The founder of Atlas was Judge Norman Davison who arrived in 1831 from New York. He cleared the land and built a house for his family near the river on the site where the Atlas Country Club now stands.The town was first known as Davisonville. Later the name was changed to Atlas. The first post office was established in 1837 with Judge Davison as the postmaster and is one of the oldest operating in Michigan today.
Atlas Township, with a population of over 7,000, is the home of Atlas Valley Country Club, the Goodrich Country Club, The Village of Goodrich, restaurants and the excellent Goodrich School District.The average age of a township resident is 41, the median household income is $95,663 and the typical home costs $195,600. For more visit www.atlastownship.org
Burton is the largest city in Genesee County at 23.5 square miles. Organized as a township in 1856 the area was named after John Burton a prominent local farmer. Among the first settlers were brothers named Atherton who founded the Atherton Settlement in 1829. Another was Levi Gilkey who in 1831 settled near the mouth of Gilkey Creek.On May 16, 1972 residents voted for the entire township to become the City of Burton. Over the years the area gained population and changed from an agricultural community to a thriving suburban community with a population of over 29,000. The median age in Burton is 38, average household income is $44,510 and the typical home value is at $80,000.
Three school districts, Bendle, Bentley and Atherton, are located entirely within the City of Burton. Four additional districts, Carman-Ainsworth, Davison, Kearsley and Grand Blanc are partially located within the City limits.
Local amenities include;shopping at big box stores, and Courtland Center Mall, Kelly Lake Park, a 40 acre facility with nature trails, picnic pavilion, and a newly asphalted bike path, For-Mar Nature Preserve, two 18-hole golf courses and a year-round indoor ice skating arena.For more visit www.burtonmi.gov
Clio is a bedroom community located on I-75. Originally named Varney after the city’s first grain buyer, it became Clio in 1864. There is debate over how Varney became Clio. Some say the change was suggested by Colonel Hill, a local hotel owner. He wanted to name the town for Clio the Greek Goddess of History and Poetry and supposedly convinced the local ladies to change the name. Others say that can’t be true since that Greek Goddess’ name is pronounced Cleeo.Whatever the story; the most important event in Clio history was the completion of the Flint and Pere Marquette Railway in 1861.
Today the City of Clio has a population of 2,646, the average age is 35, the median household income $32,992 and the median home value is $94,100. It has big box stores, lots of restaurants especially near I-75, the Clio Amphitheater, Art Center, Historical Center, the Clio Cast and Crew theatrical group, the Clio Bike Path, the Clio Area Youth Sports Complex, Veteran’s Park, Clio City Park and Thetford Minipark. For more visit www.clio.govoffice.com
Davison’s first settler, Eleazer Thurston arrived in 1842. Eight years later the first Post Office was built as “Davison Center”, shortened to Davison in1864. In 1938 Davison hoped to become the city of Middlebury, but that name was taken, so the Legislature named the city after Judge Norman Davison, who had established a nearby town called Davisonville, now known as Atlas.The City of Davison has a population of 5,128, the median home value is $118,300, the average age is 38 and the typical income is $37,793. Today Davison is known as the “City of Flags” and hosts the Flag Festival every summer and is at the center of the M-15 Heritage Route which runs from Ortonville in northern Oakland County to Bay City. The city has a unique downtown shopping district featuring a farmer’s market, car shows, a highly rated school system and well-known eateries. For more visit www.cityofdavison.org
Davison Township was inhabited by the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians when Judge Norman Davison built a sawmill in 1831. The township was organized in 1840.Within an hour of Saginaw, Detroit,Lansing, Lake Huron and the Saginaw Bay, Davison Township is the link between Flint and Lapeer with its own airport and thriving businesses next to I-69 and M-15. The average age of residents is 38, the median household income is $48,285 and the typical home value is $148,100
With a population of 19,575, Davison Township boasts a budding Downtown Development Authority,the historical Kitchen School, the three acre Davison Area Dog Park and the Veterans Memorial with a waterfall pond and 4.2 miles of trails which has been recognized with Silver and Bronze Michigan Fitness Foundation awards. It also shares the 138-acre Jack Abernathy Regional Park with the city of Davison. If golf is your game, Davison Township is home to Copper Ridge, Sugarbush, and Davison Country Club, former home of the Michigan PGA Golf Tournament. For more visit www.davisontwp-mi.org
Founded as Dibbleville in 1834, future Michigan Lt. Governor William Fenton and Robert LeRoy bought the land from Mr. Dibble and platted the land that would become the village of Fentonville in 1837.One of the great legends in Michigan is howwas named. William Fenton and Robert LeRoy are said to have played poker to decide the name of the new village. Mr. Fenton won, with Mr. LeRoy getting the main street named for him
Fenton became a city in 1964. Today itsgrowing population is over 11,000, the average age is 36, the median income is $50,622 and the typical home costs $139,900.
Downtownmaintains much of its historical look and includes new town square shopping nearby. The Shiawassee River also flows through the park in the center of town. The park is overlooked by City Hall and includes an old fashioned gazebo and walkway by the river. For more visit www.cityoffenton.org
The Charter Township of Fenton
Fenton Township is closely associated with the City of Fenton. The township land was initially a part of Grand Blanc Township and then of Argentine Township until the spring of 1838 when it was separately organized.Clark Dibble, a pioneer from New York, was the first white settler to purchase land in the township in March 1834.In 1837 William M. Fenton and Robert LeRoy bought land a sawmill and water rights in Dibbleville from Mr. Dibble and renamed the village, Fenton.
Today the area continues to grow with a population of over 15,000, township residents earn around $70,944 a year, the average age is 42 and the median home price is $210,500. The area is known for its many beautiful lakes and outstanding schools. The town was incorporated as the Village of Fenton in 1863. Fenton Township incorporated as a Charter Township in 1980. For more visit www.fentontownship.org
Flint is the seventh largest city in Michigan, with a population of more than 100,000. In 1819 a fur trader named Jacob Smith became the first European settler in the area. He established a trading post at the “Grand Traverse” of the Flint River.When John Todd opened a trading post in 1830 it became Todd’s Crossing. That was when the French historian and writer Alexis de Tocqueville visited. He remembered his visit in his famous book, Democracy in America, with a story about Todd’s pet black bear he used as a watch dog.
In 1836 Flint became a city. Flint was important in the trapping, lumber, carriage and, in a natural succession a pioneer in the auto industry.
Flint is the birthplace of General Motors, and the United Auto Workers, men such as David Buick, Louis Chevrolet, Albert Champion, Billy Durant, C.S. Mott, Walter Chrysler, Charles Nash and Alfred Sloan lived and worked in Flint.
Today Flint remains at the center of the auto industry but has developed into a college town with Kettering University, the University of Michigan-Flint, Mott Community College, Baker College and more, and a center in the health field with Hurley Medical Center, McLaren Regional Medical Center, Genesys Regional Medical Center and Diplomat Pharmacy.
The median age for residents of Flint is 33, the average income $22,672 and the typical home value is $61,200.To find more visit www.flintmichigan.com
Sometimes called Flint’s downtown, Flint Township is one of the nation’s leading retail corridors with a dynamic business climate and a vibrant industrial community.With a population of more than 33,654 Flint Township hosts more than 100,000 visitors every day; shopping, dining and conducting business. The average age of a Flint Township resident is 40, typical income $41,000 and the average home costs $91,800.The first settlers in the area were Elijah Carmen and his family, who settled in 1835. Flint Township was organized in 1836 and included the township areas of Burton, Clayton, Flushing, Mt. Morris, Genesee, Thetford, Vienna and Montrose. That’s when Jesse Torrey and his family founded the Torrey Settlement. Reuben Dye founded his settlement in 1843.
Flint Township is a transportation center with Bishop International Airport, three major highways, I-75, I-69 and US 23, three major rail lines, the Grand Trunk Western, and Michigan Central Railway. For more visit www.flinttownship.com
The City of Flushing started with a lumber mill built by Charles Seymour, who was from Flushing, NY, in 1836. The first name suggested for their new community was Dover,but that name was already taken so they settled on Flushing, the hometown of the first settler.Flushing organized as a village in 1877 and a city in 1964.
Today the over 8,300 people of Flushing enjoy the benefits of a metropolitan area, while living in a small town bedroom community with beautiful classic homes, and a unique downtown area. The median income is $56,515, the average age is 45 and the typical home sells for $131,200.
The Flint River provides spectacular views and the city is taking advantage with links to the river from downtown and the River Walk in Riverview Park. Annual events include; Fabulous 50′s Festival in the summer and the Christmas Candle walk. For more information visit www.flushingcity.com
The Charter Township of Flushing
The first settler in the future Flushing Township arrived in 1835 and the Charter Township of Flushing organized in 1838. Virginian,Thomas L.L. Brent arrived at around the same time and purchased 70,000 acres of land. He built a saw mill on what became Brent Creek. A U.S. diplomat, Brent was Charge’d’ Affaires to Portugal from 1824 till 1834.He was the son of a U.S. senator, a nephew of Revolutionary War leaders Richard Henry Lee, Francis Lightfoot Lee, William Lee, and Arthur Lee and a cousin to Civil War General Robert E. Lee.Early industries included coal, salt, and sandstone mining. Flushing sandstone was used to build St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Flint.
Today Flushing Township is a bedroom community of over 10,000, residents located near major highways and cities. The average age is just under 43, typical income $62,000 and the median home price is $144,900. For more visit www.flushingtownship.com
Forest Township is a quiet rural corner of farms and residences in Genesee County. The population as of the 2010 census is over 4,600.The average age in Forest Township is 44, the median household income is $50,268 and the typical home value is $139,600.The first settler, Henry Heister, arrived in 1837 from Livingston County, New York.In 1843 residents petitioned the State to form a township but didn’t suggest a name, so the legislature gave it a name. According to the story a facetious state representative said, “As it is all woods and nobody lives there, I think we had better call it Forest”,and that’s what they did.
Its largest community is Otisville and M-15 winds through it.For more information visit www.foresttwp.com
Gaines Township is a rural bedroom community of over 6,800 according to the 2010 census. The residents enjoy a household average income of $58,415, the typical age is 42 and the median home value is $164,900.Gaines Township was broken off from Mundy Township and organized in 1842. Joshua Dart was given the honor of naming the township because he was the oldest person in the township. He named it after General Edmund P. Gaines an acquaintance of his noted for his service in the War of 1812, the Seminole Wars and the Black Hawk War.
Early settlers moved to an area called Fletcher’s Corners, others to what is now the City of Swartz Creek. The Village of Gaines wasn’t settled until 1856. The first passenger train passed through the future village site on July 4, 1856 the same time a post office was established. For mote visit www.gainestownship.org
The Charter Township of Genesee was established in 1838. The village of Genesee was platted in 1858 as Geneseeville, but that was shortened to Genesee in 1892. The population is over 21,000 as of the 2010census. The median age in Genesee Township is 41, typical household income $36,925 and the average home value is $79,100.Some of of the best family entertainment spots in the regionare found in Genesee Township. The Genesee County parks Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad features century old steam locomotives you can ride, historic buildings that were moved there to create an 1890’s era village and a paddlewheel river boat.
The area also features fishing, camping, hiking trail, bicycle trails and more. Plus the Johnson Memorial Library established in 1960, Mott Lake, Stepping Stones Falls and Bluebell Beach, just to name a few. For more visit www.geneseetwp.org
The quaint little Village of Goodrich is at the heart of Atlas Township. The population stands at over 1,800, average income $74,955, and age almost 40. The typical home in Goodrich costs $182,700.In 1835 the Goodrich brothers, Levi, Enos and Rueben, came to the area via steam ship from Buffalo to Detroit and found rich, fertile soil, timber, and plenty of water. They bought 1000 acres of land and settled.
The Village of Goodrich is a lovely bedroom community convenient to M-15 and close to Flint, and the Detroit Metropolitan area. Events include the M-15 Heritage Route Garage Sale, and rally, the Goodrich Garden Club Tour, the Kayla O’Mara Memorial Race and the Good Times in Goodrich Community Festival. For more visit www.villageofgoodrich.com
Grand Blanc’s original inhabitants were Chippewa Indians. The first fur traders came before 1800. It was a big French trader named Fisher who gave the area its name. The Indians called him, “Grand Blanc”, or, the big white.Grand Blanc’s real growth began in 1864 when the Railroad arrived. Today the City of Grand Blanc has over 8,000 residents and the township over 37,000. The average age for City of Grand Blanc residents is 39, and township residents, 37. City of Grand Blanc residents earn, on average, $170,300, about $6,000 more than Township residents and the typical home in the city costs $170,300, in Grand Blanc Township $164,500.
Grand Blanc residents are proud that their schools are among the best in the state, their population is bucking the trend in Michigan and continues to grow, and that their community boasts affordable housing in prestigious neighborhoods. Grand Blanc is a golf mecca, the home of; Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club, and the home for decades of the PGA’s Buick Open, Atlas Valley, and The Jewel Golf Club.
To learn more visit www.grandblancchamber.com
The Village of Linden was settled in 1835 and incorporated as a village in 1871. When a mill was built there in 1840 the area came to be known as Warner’s Mill, for the man who built it. It later became the Linden Mill and was the first building in Genesee County listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Linden got its name from the fragrant, fast growing Linden trees that were common in the area. In December 1988, the Village was officially incorporated as a City.
Since then the City of Linden has continued to grow. It is a diverse bedroom community with shopping, eateries, and parks. The median age is 39, and residents earn about $60,000 a year, home values are at $156,900.Its population of 3,991 as of the 2010 census is an increase of 39.5 percent from the 2000 census. For more information visit www.lindenmi.us
The City of Mt. Morris has a population of over 3,000, the average age is 34, the median income is $30,805 and the typical home value is $83,900.The first settler in the area was Benjamin Pearson who arrived in 1833. The Mount Morris Post Office was established in 1837, with Charles N. Beecher as postmaster. If those names are familiar, they should be. Pearson would have a major road named for him in Flint, and a local community took Mr. Beecher’s name. It became a city in 1929, named Mt. Morris because many of the early settlers came from Mt. Morris New York.
Mt. Morris is convenient to major highways I-75 and I-475 which provide easy excess to shopping and entertainment. It iswithin 15 minutes of Flint, Birch Run and Frankenmuth. Detroit and Lansing are only 1 hour away. For more visit www.cityofmtmorris.org
Mt. Morris Township
Mt.Morris Township, with a population of over 21,000,is about an hour from Detroit, Saginaw Bay and Lansing. Frankenmuth and Birch Run are and easy 15 minutes away. I-75, I-475 and M-54 make these communities easily accessible. The average age of a Mt. Morris resident is 38, average income is $34,058 and the typical home value is $72,100.From 1833 to 1836, Mt.Morris Township was part of Grand Blanc Township. In 1838, it was part of the Townships of Genesee and Flushing and finally was separated by an act of the State Legislature in 1855.
It is the home of the Everett A. Cummings Center, an indoor/outdoor convention center andthe permanent home of the Genesee County Fair. The complex includes a 30,000-square-foot arena seating 3,000, a 28,800-square-foot exhibit building, an outdoor grandstand and an indoor arena. It is also used for equestrian and athletic events and trade shows.For more visit www.mtmorristwp.org
The Charter Township of Mundy
Mundy Township with a population of almost 15,000 consists of a pleasing mix of commercial and small industry development, but the majority is made up of residential and farm land.The average age of residents is 41, the median household income is $56,752 and the typical home value is $140,600.The first name chosen for the township was Independence, but the state already had one Independence, so when the petition for the newtownship was approved by the State Legislature in 1837 itwas named Mundy Township for Edward A. Mundy, then Lieutenant Governor of Michigan. The organizational meeting of Mundy Township was held in April 1837 at the home of Dr. Josiah Alger. There were 18 votes cast to elect 16 members to the first board.
The Township is blessed with access to I-75, I-69, and US 23 which along with Bishop International Airport make this an attractive area for growth.For more visit www.mundytwp-mi.gov
Soon after Otisville’s first settlers arrived in 1850 it became another Genesee County mill town. Francis Otis, who with his brothers owned 5000 acres, bought the mill in 1852. Otisville’s post office opened in 1861 and in 1874 the Pere Marquette Railroad added a station. In 1877 it officially became the Village of Otisville.The Village is 9 miles north of Davison on M15, part of the M15 Heritage Route.The median age of Otisville residents is just under 40, incomes averages $40,000 and home values in the village are at $87,000. There are over 800 people and a number of businesses including the Otisville Museum and a popular Farmer’s Market. Downtown also includesthe Otisville Hotel and Ada’s Tavern which holds the record for the longest held liquor license in Michigan history, 75 years. Coming in 2013; the “Otisville Hot Dog Festival.” For more information visit www.otisvillemi.com
The first settlers of Swartz Creek were Native American tribes, including the Sauk and Chippewa. The first Europeans came from New York State in 1836. One was Adam Miller. He followed a Native American trail along a creek which ran very dark; they called it the “Swartz” which is German for black.Miller stopped west of Flint and established the Miller Settlement. In 1842, it became Swartz Creek when a post office opened. The Millers’ are remembered through the name of the main street: Miller Road.
Swartz Creek today is a bustling community of 5,700 with, homegrown businesses, unique shopping experiences, Sports Creek Harness Raceway and eateries. The average age of a Swartz Creek resident is 40, the median income is $44,177 and the typical home costs $121,500.Plan a visit to the Swartz Creek Area and feel hometown pride! For more visit www.cityofswartzcreek.org
Thetford Township was first settled in 1835. One of the area’s first settlers, Nathan Wilson, named the area after Thetford, Vermont.Thetford Township has no significant residential communities, but has a number of interesting small unincorporated community names. A post office was established in 1842 in the Fayville area with Corydon Fay as Postmaster. Later post offices were placed in East Thetford with Albert Calkins as Postmaster and later in Henpeck.
The area is mostly rural, and has streams and Buell Lake. While there is no post office today, there are over 6,900 residents. The average age of residents in Thetford Township is 41, median household income $44,905 and the typical home value is $118,600.
Vienna Township incorporated in 1837. They took the name from the little community of Pine Run who had planned to change their name to Vienna. Pine Run stayed with its original name.Located right off I-75 about half way between Flint and Saginaw, Vienna Township includes the City of Clio and offers the finest in country living, from safe quiet housing and schools to shopping and entertainment. The average age in Vienna Township is 42, median income $52,927, and the typical home value is $135,500.
In 2012 Keep Michigan Beautiful recognized the I-75 and Vienna Road interchange as one of the most beautiful on I-75 in Michigan. The “Exit 131 Beautification Project” was awarded the prestigious “Michigan Plaque” in recognition of their work.
Convenient to big cities and rural farms, Vienna Township, with a population of over 13,000, has it all. For more visit www.viennatwp.com