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Overview

Introduction to Flint, Michigan

The city of Flint is located along Michigan's Flint River, about 68 miles northwest of Detroit. It is one of Michigan's largest cities and the county seat of Genesee County. Flint was founded in 1819 by Jacob Smith, a prominent Detroit fur trader. Due largely to its ideal location as a stopover on the overland route between Saginaw and Detroit, Flint began to prosper as a small but significant village. In 1855 the settlement became incorporated as the city of Flint, deriving its name from the river running through it. During the latter half of the nineteenth century, Flint established itself as a lumber center, and by the end of the century was able to leverage its lumbering infrastructure into a burgeoning carriage-manufacturing industry. As the world's largest carriage-making center, Flint soon became known as "Vehicle City." When horse-drawn carriages gave way to the advent of automobiles, Flint was in the forefront of the newly-formed auto industry. In 1908, William C. Durant founded the General Motors Corporation in the city and motor-vehicle manufacturing and assembly quickly prospered into a huge industry. Throughout the 20th century and beyond, Flint has continued to be closely tied to the auto industry, experiencing both the prosperity and hardships visited on the industry at various times in the nation's history.

Arts and Culture in Flint

Flint is noted for the Flint Cultural Center, home of the Flint Symphony Orchestra. Established in 1958, the Cultural Center includes an art center, planetarium, auditorium, music center, and the Alfred P. Sloan Museum, home to hundreds of artifacts, photographs, and exhibits chronicling the automobile history of Flint. The Flint Children's Museum is another city landmark, offering over 40 hands-on exhibits which are both fun and educational. The Whaley Historical House Museum, former home of the prominent Whaley family from 1885 to 1925, showcases Flint as it was during the late-19th/early-20th century. Another venue where Flint's history comes to life is the restored working community of Crossroads Village. Visitors here will find dozens of historic buildings and shops including Michigan’s oldest operating gristmill, an old-time Barber Shop, a general store, and an authentic blacksmith shop. Across from Crossroads Village is one of Genesee County's most picturesque spots: Stepping Stone Falls, which features a man-made cascade of water flowing over an intricate patchwork of levels and steps.

Flint is home to a number of semi-pro and minor league professional sports teams. The Flint Generals are a professional ice hockey team playing in the International Hockey League (IHL). The Flint Fury and Genesee County Patriots are both semi-pro football teams residing in Flint. The Fury currently plays in the Mid Continental Football League, while the Patriots are members of the North American Football League. Major league sports can be found in the city of Detroit, only about an hour away. Some of Detroit's premiere teams include Major League Baseball's Tigers, NBA basketball's Pistons, the Red Wings of the National Hockey League, the Lions of the National Football League and a WNBA women's basketball team, the Shock.

People

Total Population 99,802
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 12%
Employed Population 16+ 28,904
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 25.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.2%
Median Earnings25+ $21,780
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $9,251
Median Earnings With High School Degree $19,660

Wealth

Median Family Income $29,065
% Above Poverty Level 58.8%
% Below Poverty Level 41.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.2%
% Using Public Transportation 4.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.3%
Median Gross Rent $674
Median House Value $32,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 55.9%
US/American 0%
English 3.9%
Irish 6.1%

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

Flint Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 57 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan
County Genesee
Standard Zip Codes 48502, 48503, 48504, 48505, 48506, 48507, 48509, 48519, 48529, 48532
P.O. Box Zip Codes 48501, 48531
Company Zip Codes 48550, 48551, 48552, 48553, 48554, 48555, 48556, 48557, 48559
Phone Area Codes 810
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.012
Longitude -83.687

Flint 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 4.5 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 LAPEER WWTP
Distance 19.9 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
Station PONTIAC STATE HOSPITAL
Distance 31.9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 30 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 30 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Mott Park (48504)

Northeast (48506, 48509)

Northwest (48504, 48531, 48532)

Southeast (48519, 48529)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Burton 29,223 $51,691
Davison 5,029 $50,996
Flushing 8,199 $64,199
Grand Blanc 8,088 $59,225
Mount Morris 3,003 $22,424
Swartz Creek 5,632 $55,851

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

Flint Public Libraries

Library
Flint Public Library
1026 EAST KEARSLEY STREET
Flint, Michigan
(810) 232-7111
Library Web Site
Genesee District Library
4195 W. PASADENA AVE
Flint, Michigan
(810) 732-5570
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Flint Hospitals

HURLEY MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Local)
ONE HURLEY PLAZA
(810) 257-9237
Emergency Service: Yes

MCLAREN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
401 S BALLENGER HWY
(810) 342-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Flint High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

CARMAN-AINSWORTH HIGH SCHOOL
1300 N. LINDEN ROAD
810-591-3240
Serves 1,574 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
601 CRAPO STREET
810-760-1042
A Title I School.
Serves 1,465 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

SOUTHWESTERN ACADEMY
1420 W. 12TH STREET
810-760-1400
Serves 1,371 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.9

NORTHERN HIGH SCHOOL
G-3284 MACKIN ROAD
810-760-1740
Serves 1,311 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

KEARSLEY HIGH SCHOOL
G-4302 UNDERHILL DRIVE
810-591-9886
Serves 1,138 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.7

NORTHWESTERN-EDISON HIGH SCHOOL
G-2138 W. CARPENTER ROAD
810-760-1780
A Title I School.
Serves 831 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.8

BEECHER HIGH SCHOOL
1020 W. COLDWATER ROAD
810-591-9222
A Title I School.
Serves 504 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.2

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF FLINT (2-12)
2820 S. SAGINAW STREET
810-251-5151
A Charter School.
A Magnet School.
A Title I School.
Serves 493 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.5

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517 E. 5TH AVENUE
810-760-1390
A Non-traditional School
Serves 462 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22

HAMADY COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
G-3223 W. CARPENTER ROAD
810-591-0890
A Magnet School.
Serves 329 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 78.3

MOTT MIDDLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL
1401 E. COURT STREET
810-232-8530
Serves 279 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 155

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