Welcome to Flint and Genesee County, Michigan! Genesee County was created in 1835 and, as of the 2010 census, has a population of 425,790. It is Michigan’s 5th most populous county. It was named after Genesee County, New York by settlers from New York. Many other Genesee County communities are named for communities in New York and Pennsylvania, reflecting where the original settlers came from.
Flint is the county seat and 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 his 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, used as a watch dog.
Flint was important in the trapping, lumber, carriage and, in a natural succession, a pioneer in the automotive industry. Flint is the birthplace of General Motors and the United Auto Workers Union. 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. Much of Flint’s history can be viewed at the Sloan Museum, the Buick Gallery and Research Center and the Whaley Historic House Museum.
Flint’s storied automotive history is also celebrated every August, in downtown Flint and at sites across Genesee County, during the 5-day Back to the Bricks Cruise and Car Show, one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing car shows. Flint is also the home to one of the most famous 10-mile foot races in the world, the Crim Festival of Races, which takes place yearly in mid-August.
Today Flint & Genesee remain 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. It is also growing into a center in the health field with Hurley Medical Center, McLaren Regional Medical Center, Genesys Regional Medical Center and Diplomat Pharmacy.
Whether it’s shopping, participating in the many activities at Flint’s Cultural Center Campus, taking a ride on the Huckleberry Railroad or Genesee Belle Paddlewheel Riverboat at historical Crossroads Village, enjoying golf at one of our superlative golf courses or just relaxing at one of our parks or beaches, Flint & Genesee has a variety of sights, sounds and experiences to be enjoyed by all ages, all seasons. Come discover the many opportunities that Flint & Genesee has to offer for both pleasure and business and SEE What’s Possible.