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Genesee County, Michigan
Seal of Genesee County, Michigan
Map of Michigan highlighting Genesee County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Michigan's location in the U.S.
Seat Flint
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

649 sq mi (1,681 km²)
640 sq mi (1,658 km²)
10 sq mi (26 km²), 1.49%
 - (2008)
 - Density

681/sq mi (263/km²)
Founded March 28, 1835 [1]

Genesee County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 436,141, with the 2008 Census Bureau estimate showing the population to have fallen to 428,790. The county seat and population center is Flint[1]. It is the state's fifth most populous county.



It was created on March 28, 1835 and fully organized on April 4, 1836. It was named after Genesee County, New York by settlers from New York. Many local place names in the county are also from New York and Pennsylvania, reflecting the pattern of settlement. A major attraction for visitors is Crossroads Village, a living history village north of Flint.

Genessee is noted for having had the fossil of an ancient whale known as Balaenoptera Lacepede[2] unearthed in Thetford Township during quarry work and estimated at 11,000 years old.[3]

Genesee County table/maps
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Vienna Vienna Vienna
Flint Flint Flint
Flint Flint Flint
Mundy Mundy Grand Blanc
Argentine Argentine
Vienna Vienna Vienna
Flushing Flint Genesee
Flint Flint Flint
Mundy Mundy Grand Blanc
Argentine Fenton
Vienna Vienna Vienna
Flushing Flint Genesee
Flint Flint Kearsley
Mundy Mundy Grand Blanc
Argentine Fenton
Vienna Vienna Thetford
Flushing Flint Genesee
Flint Flint Kearsley
Gaines Mundy Grand Blanc
Argentine Fenton
Vienna Vienna Thetford Forest
Flushing Flint Genesee Richfield
Flint Flint Flint Davison
Gaines Mundy Grand Blanc Atlas
Argentine Fenton

Eastern row of townships added from Lapeer County

Pewanagawink Vienna Thetford Forest
Flushing Flint Genesee Richfield
Clayton Flint Flint Davison
Gaines Mundy Grand Blanc Atlas
Argentine Fenton
Montrose Vienna Thetford Forest
Flushing Flint Genesee Richfield
Clayton Flint Flint Davison
Gaines Mundy Grand Blanc Atlas
Argentine Fenton
Montrose Vienna Thetford Forest
Flushing Mount Morris Genesee Richfield
Clayton Flint Village
Garland (Flint)[4]
Burton Davison
Gaines Mundy Grand Blanc Atlas
Argentine Fenton


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 649 square miles (1,682 km²), of which, 640 square miles (1,657 km²) of it is land and 10 square miles (25 km²) of it (1.49%) is water.

Most of the land in the county is very flat, but the southern end is hilly and covered by several lakes.

The county is mostly drained by the Flint River, which is dammed into Mott Lake and the Holloway Reservoir in the northeast corner of the county. The southeast corner and southern end are drained by the Shiawassee River.


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US highways

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As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 436,141 people, 169,825 households, and 115,990 families residing in the county. The population density was 682 people per square mile (263/km²). There were 183,630 housing units at an average density of 287 per square mile (111/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 75.29% White, 20.37% Black or African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.81% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.78% from other races, and 2.18% from two or more races. 2.33% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 14.8% were of German, 9.4% English, 9.2% American, 8.6% Irish and 5.0% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000. 95.7% spoke English and 1.9% Spanish as their first language.

There were 169,825 households out of which 33.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.40% were married couples living together, 16.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.70% were non-families. 26.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.40% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 29.70% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 11.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 92.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,951, and the median income for a family was $50,090. Males had a median income of $44,255 versus $27,418 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,883. About 10.20% of families and 13.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.10% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over.


The county government operates the jail, maintains rural roads, operates the major local courts, keeps files of deeds and mortgages, maintains vital records, administers public health regulations and safeguards public health, and participates with the state in the provision of welfare and other social services. The county board of commissioners controls the budget but has only limited authority to make laws or ordinances. In Michigan, most local government functions — police and fire, building and zoning, tax assessment, street maintenance, etc. — are the responsibility of individual cities and townships.

Genesee County elected officials

Executive Offices officeholder political party
Prosecuting Attorney David Leyton Democrat
Sheriff Robert J. Pickell Democrat
County Clerk Michael J. Carr Democrat
County Treasurer Daniel T. Kildee Democrat
Register of Deeds Rose Bogardus Democrat
Drain Commissioner & County Water Agent Jeffrey Wright Democrat
County Surveyor Kim R. Carlson Democrat
Board of Commissioners
District officeholder political party
1st Omar A. Sims Democrat
2nd Brenda Clack Democrat
3rd Jamie W. Curtis Democrat
4th John W. Northrup Democrat
5th Miles T. Gadola Republican
6th Patricia A. Lockwood Democrat
7th Archie H. Bailey Democrat
8th Ted Henry Democrat
9th Patrick F. Gleason Democrat
Circuit Court Judge
Division officeholder
Chief Judge
Archie L. Hayman
Chief Judge Pro-Tem
Richard B. Yuille
Family Duncan M. Beagle
Civil/Criminal Joseph J. Farah
Civil/Criminal Judith A. Fullerton
Family John A. Gadola
Civil/Criminal Geoffrey L. Neithercut
Family David J. Newblatt
Family Michael J. Theile[8]
  • Probate Court Judges
  • Robert E. Weiss, Chief -- assigned to Family Division
  • Jennie E. Barkey
67th District
Division Judge
Fenton Court,
Chief Judge
Mark McCabe
Mt. Morris Court
Chief Judge Pro Tem
Larry Stecco
Davison Court John Conover
Flushing Court David Goggins
4th (Grand Blanc) Christopher R. Odette
Burton Court Richard Hughes

Genesee County except for the City of Flint is covered under the jurisdiction of the 67th District Court of Michigan. District Courts have a limited jurisdiction as charged under state law. 67th District Court operates in seven divisions, each with a single judge except for the Central Court Division, which is used for jury and felony cases.[9]

Office District Officeholder political party
U.S. Representative 5th Dale E. Kildee Democrat
State Senator 26th Deborah Cherry Democrat
27th John J. Gleason Democrat
State Representative 34th Woodrow Stanley Democrat
48th Richard E. Hammel Democrat
49th Lee Gonzales Democrat
50th Jim Slezak Democrat
51st Paul Scott Republican
Community College C.S. Mott Multiple; see article Non-partisan


Cities, villages and townships


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ Paleobiology Database: Baleanoptera]
  3. ^ Paleobiology Database: Thetford Center
  4. ^ Historical Collections. Michigan State Historical Society, Michigan Historical Commission. 1907. p. 362.,M1.  
  5. ^ Wood, Edwin O. (1916). History of Genesee County, Michigan, Her People, Industries and Institutions. Michigan Historical Commission.  
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  7. ^ a b c "General Election Official Results". County of Genesee. NOVEMBER 4, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-02.  
  8. ^ "The Seventh Judicial Circuit Court Judges". County of Genesee. Retrieved 2007-01-17.  
  9. ^ "ABOUT 67TH". County of Genesee. Retrieved 2007-01-17.  

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Coordinates: 43°01′N 83°43′W / 43.02°N 83.71°W / 43.02; -83.71


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