Introduction to Charlotte, Michigan

Charlotte, Michigan, in Eaton county, is 18 miles SW of Lansing, Michigan (center to center) and 90 miles NW of Toledo, Ohio. The city is located in the Lansing - East Lansing metropolitan area.

Charlotte History

In the early days, Charlotte was primarily an overgrown prairie. It was incorporated as a village in October, 1863 and on March 29, 1871, it was reincorporated as a city. According to one tradition, the community was named in honor of settler E. B. Bostwick's wife. The Grand River Valley Railroad was built in 1868, and the Peninsular Railroad was constructed in 1870. Both railroads played important roles in the growth and development of Charlotte.

Charlotte and Nearby Attractions

  • Charlton Park Village & Museums
  • Battle Creek Sanitarium
  • Binder Park Zoo
  • Waterloo State Recreation Area
  • Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park
  • Hidden Lake Gardens

Things To Do In Charlotte

The Charlton Park Village & Museums features a recreated 19th century Michigan village. R.E. Olds Transportation Museum includes Oldsmobiles, as well as other vehicles like Durant, Viking, REO, Star, buggies, trucks, and bicycles. The city also offers easy access to numerous other museums and historical sites including the Battle Creek Sanatarium, W.K. Kellogg House, Kimball House Museum, Lansing Art Gallery, and Michigan Historical Center. Among other popular places to visit near Charlotte are the Binder Park Zoo, the Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park, the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden, the Potter Park Zoo, and Hidden Lake Gardens. In addition, the city hosts the Eaton County Fair, Frontier Days, Bluegrass Festival, and Michigan Apple Festival every year.

Charlotte Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Charlotte Higher Education

Colleges close to Charlotte are Michigan State University, Kellogg Community College, Spring Arbor University, and Lansing Community College.


Total Population 9,057
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 16.2%
Employed Population 16+ 3,969
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 43.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $53,862
% Above Poverty Level 80.9%
% Below Poverty Level 19.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%


People Living Alone 32%
Median Gross Rent $721
Median House Value $109,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 11.4%
Irish 16.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Charlotte Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles SW of Lansing, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 90 miles NW of Toledo, Ohio
County Eaton
Metro Area Lansing - East Lansing
Standard Zip Codes 48813
Phone Area Codes 517
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.563
Longitude -84.835

Charlotte Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 59 F
Annual Precip 33.8 inches
Distance 23.6 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 35.7 inches
Distance 25.9 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 61 F
Annual Precip 35.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bellevue 1,382 $50,625
Dimondale 1,162 $88,333
Eaton Rapids 5,221 $49,971
Olivet 1,570 $50,000
Potterville 2,612 $57,962
Vermontville 828 $42,292

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Charlotte Public Libraries

Charlotte Community Library
Charlotte, Michigan
(517) 543-8859
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Charlotte Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(517) 543-1050
Emergency Service: Yes

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Charlotte High Schools

A Magnet School.
Serves 1,013 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

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