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Overview

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.

People

Total Population9,057
Male Share of the Population49.8%
Female Share of the Population50.2%
Senior Citizens16.2%
Employed Population 16+3,969
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married43.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher15.9%
Median Earnings25+$0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0

Wealth

Median Family Income$53,862
% Above Poverty Level80.9%
% Below Poverty Level19.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home2%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.2%
% Using Public Transportation0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone32%
Median Gross Rent$721
Median House Value$109,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19.1%
US/American0.1%
English11.4%
Irish16.6%

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

Charlotte Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Medium City 18 miles SW of Lansing, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City90 miles NW of Toledo, Ohio
CountyEaton
Metro AreaLansing - East Lansing
Standard Zip Codes48813
Phone Area Codes517
Time ZoneEastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude42.563
Longitude-84.835

Charlotte Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCHARLOTTE
Distance1 miles
Jan Temp15 to 29 F
Apr Temp36 to 56 F
Jul Temp60 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 59 F
Annual Precip33.8 inches
StationHASTINGS
Distance23.6 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 61 F
Annual Precip35.7 inches
StationBATTLE CREEK 5 NW
Distance25.9 miles
Jan Temp15 to 31 F
Apr Temp36 to 59 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 61 F
Annual Precip35.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bellevue1,382$50,625
Dimondale1,162$88,333
Eaton Rapids5,221$49,971
Olivet1,570$50,000
Potterville2,612$57,962
Vermontville828$42,292

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

Charlotte Public Libraries

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

HAYES GREEN BEACH MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
321 E HARRIS STREET
(517) 543-1050
Emergency Service: Yes

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CHARLOTTE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
378 STATE STREET
517-541-5600
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,013 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

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