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Overview

Introduction to Fenton, Michigan

Fenton, Michigan, in Genesee county, is 14 miles S of Flint, Michigan and 46 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan. The city is in the Flint area.

Fenton History

Fenton was initially named Dibbleville after the first European settler in the area, Clark Dibble. There is a curious history behind the renaming of the city as Fenton. Supposedly it was the result of an 1837 card game involving two men, William M. Fenton and Robert LeRoy. The area was incorporated as a village in 1863 and was re-incorporated as a city in 1964.

Fenton and nearby Attractions

  • Silver Lake Park
  • Southern Lakes Park & Recreation
  • Seven Lakes State Park
  • Linden County Park
  • Garden Park
  • Hadley House Museum

Things To Do In Fenton

The downtown area has a historical look and feel and also has some popular shopping plazas. The city has 58 lakes, where one can enjoy activities like fishing, boating, swimming and other water sports.

Fenton Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Bishop International Airport.

Fenton Higher Education

The institutions providing higher education in the city are Avanti Career Academy and Fenton School of Hair Design. Some of the colleges and universities situated nearby are Baker College of Flint, Mott Community College and the University of Michigan-Flint.

People

Total Population 11,538
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 5,463
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 46.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $58,770
% Above Poverty Level 86.6%
% Below Poverty Level 13.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 5.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 30.2%
Median Gross Rent $856
Median House Value $101,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17%
US/American 0%
English 11.2%
Irish 16.1%

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

Fenton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles S of Flint, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 46 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan
County Genesee
Standard Zip Codes 48430
Phone Area Codes 810
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.797
Longitude -83.705

Fenton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station FLINT BISHOP INTL AP
Distance 11.9 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 31.6 inches
Station MILFORD GM PROVING GR
Distance 14.9 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 40 to 59 F
Annual Precip 29.2 inches
Station LAPEER WWTP
Distance 27.7 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 33 to 55 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 59 F
Annual Precip 30.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Byron 576 $51,667
Gaines 374 $55,192
Grand Blanc 8,088 $59,225
Holly 6,171 $60,575
Linden 3,886 $72,206
Swartz Creek 5,632 $55,851

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

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Fenton High Schools

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FENTON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
3200 W. SHIAWASSEE AVENUE
810-591-2600
Serves 1,164 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.9

LAKE FENTON HIGH SCHOOL
11425 TORREY ROAD
810-591-5331
A Magnet School.
Serves 450 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.6

SOUTHERN LAKES ACADEMY
2100 W. THOMPSON ROAD
810-750-8580
A Non-traditional School
Serves 118 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

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