Introduction to Swartz Creek, Michigan

Swartz Creek, Michigan, in Genesee county, is 8 miles SW of Flint, Michigan (center to center) and 58 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan.

Swartz Creek History

Chippewa Indians originally inhabited this region. Adam Miller, a German immigrant, arrived in 1836 and was followed by others. The community was formerly known as "Miller Settlement" but was renamed after the creek. According to records, the creek itself was named after the German word "swartz" meaning "black", indicating the color of the creek's water. In 1842, the Swartz Creek Post Office was established, and Grand Trunk Railroad arrived in 1876. A station was also established and was called "Hamilton." To avoid confusion regarding the name of the community, the depot was renamed Swartz Creek. The Village of Swartz Creek was platted in 1877, and in 1959, it was incorporated as a city.

Swartz Creek and Nearby Attractions

  • Flushing Area Museum
  • Detroit Zoo
  • Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area
  • Historic Fort Wayne
  • Seven Lakes State Park

Things To Do In Swartz Creek

Flushing Area Museum, Alfred P. Sloan Museum, and Montrose Historic & Telephone Pioneer Museum are some of the museums nearby. The 7,817-acre Holly State Recreation Area features a beach, nature trails, picnic areas, and facilities for camping, fishing, and boating. Another popular place to visit is the Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area which is situated upon 3,800 acres. Visitors can enjoy swimming, picnicking, camping, fishing, and boating here. W.J. Beal Botanical Garden, Potter Park Zoo, and the Detroit Zoo are other attractions nearby.

Swartz Creek Transportation

Bishop International Airport is the closest major airport.

Swartz Creek Higher Education

Baker College of Flint, Kettering University, and University of Michigan-Flint are the nearby colleges.


Total Population 5,632
Male Share of the Population 44.6%
Female Share of the Population 55.4%
Senior Citizens 22.3%
Employed Population 16+ 2,172
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 47.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $55,851
% Above Poverty Level 87.7%
% Below Poverty Level 12.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 5.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation 1.8%


People Living Alone 36.4%
Median Gross Rent $715
Median House Value $105,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.1%
US/American 0%
English 13.9%
Irish 10.3%

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

Swartz Creek Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles SW of Flint, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 58 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan
County Genesee
Standard Zip Codes 48473
Phone Area Codes 810
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.957
Longitude -83.83

Swartz Creek Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.1 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
Distance 18.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 29 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 30.5 inches
Distance 27.9 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Rankin (48473)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Durand 3,369 $53,614
Flint 99,802 $29,065
Flushing 8,199 $64,199
Gaines 374 $55,192
Lennon 458 $55,750
Vernon 973 $53,026

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 18.6

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