St Clair, Michigan

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St Clair, Michigan

Introduction to St. Clair, Michigan

St. Clair, Michigan, in St Clair county, is 30 miles NE of St. Clair Shores, Michigan (center to center) and 44 miles NE of Detroit, Michigan. The city has a population of 5,802.

St. Clair History

The city, which is situated on the western banks of River St. Clair, was named after the river, which was christened after Lake St. Clair, which is located between Ontario, Canada, and Michigan. The name of the river was spelled Saint Clare based upon the English maps of 1710. In the Mitchell Map of 1755, the current spelling of the river was used. St. Clair was incorporated as a town in 1850 and then as a city in 1858.

St. Clair and Nearby Attractions

  • Detroit Zoo
  • Historic Fort Wayne
  • Algonac State Park
  • Cranbrook Art Museum
  • Fox Theater Building

Things To Do In St. Clair

Local celebrations in St. Clair include the Blue Water Ramble, an annual International Bicycling Event generally held in October, and the Annual St. Clair Art Fair, a two-day event held in June. There are numerous parks near St. Clair including Algonac State Park, Lakeport State Park, and Stony Creek Metropark. Cranbrook Art Museum, Ferndale Historical Museum, and Cranbrook Institute of Science are some of the museums near St. Clair. Historical sites nearby include Historic Fort Wayne, Cranbrook, and the Fox Theater Building.

St. Clair Transportation

Air transportation is available from Oakland County International Airport.

St. Clair Higher Education

Colleges near St. Clair include Baker College of Auburn Hills, Baker College of Port Huron, and College for Creative Studies.

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High Points

St Clair strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Michigan):

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 13% St Clair Low Rate of Poverty
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 15% St Clair Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 15% St Clair Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% St Clair Well-Paid Single Women
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 18% St Clair People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of St Clair, Michigan

Comparing St Clair to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Michigan (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Female Share of the Population 8 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 6
Age of the Population 6 7
Senior Citizens 6 6
Male Share of the Population 3 3
Racial Diversity 2 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 9
Average Household Size 5 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 9
Median Family Income 8 9
People in Middle Class or Better 7 9
College Educated Adults 6 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 7 7
Short Commute Times 4 3
Walking and Biking to Work 2 3
Public Transportation Use 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 7
People Living Alone 6 5
Affordability of Rents 5 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 2
Housing Recently Built 3 6

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St Clair Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles NE of St. Clair Shores, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 44 miles NE of Detroit, Michigan
County St Clair
Standard Zip Codes 48079
Phone Area Codes 810
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.82
Longitude -82.486

St Clair Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 11.8 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 30 F
Apr Temp 35 to 54 F
Jul Temp 63 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 31.3 inches
Distance 35.4 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 64 to 83 F
Oct Temp 45 to 62 F
Annual Precip 33.9 inches
Distance 39.1 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 33 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 62 F
Annual Precip 0 inches
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St Clair Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,802 100%
Male 2,722 46.9%
Female 3,080 53.1%
Under 18 1,583 27.3%
18+ 4,219 72.7%
65+ 840 14.5%
Median Age 37.2
Average Family Size 3.05
White 5,649 97.4%
African-American 7 0.1%
Asian 50 0.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 14 0.2%
Other 8 0.1%
Mixed Race 74 1.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 70 1.2%

Estimated St Clair Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,933
Growth 131
Growth % 2.3%

St Clair Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 27.1%
Polish 10.6%
French Canadian 7.9%
Irish 7.5%
French (except Basque) 7%
English 6.8%
Scottish 5.7%
US/American 4.9%
Italian 3.7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.9%
Norwegian 2%
Belgian 1.9%
Scotch-Irish 1.3%
Ukrainian 1.2%
Lebanese 1%
Czech 0.9%
British 0.9%
Dutch 0.8%
Yugoslavian 0.7%
Australian 0.6%
Swedish 0.6%
Maltese 0.5%
Austrian 0.4%
Hungarian 0.3%
Eastern European 0.3%
European 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Croatian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, St Clair, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Saint Clair Township (48079)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
St Clair 5,802 $61,743
Algonac 4,613 $55,000
Marine City 4,652 $47,308
Marysville 9,684 $60,028
New Baltimore 7,405 $72,046
Port Huron 32,338 $39,869
Richmond 4,897 $57,917
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St Clair High Schools (2004)

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Serves 1,011 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

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Serves 178 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.7

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