15 Facts About Flint, Michigan


Flint is the largest city and county seat of Genesee County, Michigan.

Flint is a hard, sedimentary cryptocrystalline form of the mineral quartz, categorized as a variety of chert.

A county seat is an administrative center, or seat of government, for a county or civil parish.

Genesee, derived from the Seneca word for "pleasant valley", has been used as the name of:

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Located along the Flint River, 66 miles northwest of Detroit, it is a principal city within the region known as Mid Michigan.

Detroit is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Michigan, the fourth-largest city in the Midwest and the largest city on the United States–Canada border.

Mid Michigan, occasionally called Central Michigan, is a region in the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan.

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According to the 2010 census, Flint has a population of 102,434, making it the seventh largest city in Michigan.

A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population.


The Flint metropolitan area is located entirely within Genesee County.


It is the fourth largest metropolitan area in Michigan with a population of 425,790 in 2010.


The city was incorporated in 1855.


Flint was founded as a village by fur trader Jacob Smith in 1819 and became a major lumbering area on the historic Saginaw Trail during the 19th century.

Saginaw Trail is the collective name for a set of connected roads in Southeastern Michigan that runs from Detroit to Saginaw through Pontiac and Flint.

Overland Route or Overland Trail refers to the following travel routes:


From the late 19th century to the mid 20th century, the city was a leading manufacturer of carriages and later automobiles, earning it the nickname "Vehicle City".

A car is a wheeled, self-powered motor vehicle used for transportation and a product of the automotive industry.


General Motors was founded in Flint in 1908, and the city grew into an automobile manufacturing powerhouse for GM's Buick and Chevrolet divisions after World War II. Flint was also the home of the Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1936–37 that played a vital role in the formation of the United Auto Workers.

The 1936–1937 Flint sit-down strike against General Motors changed the United Automobile Workers from a collection of isolated locals on the fringes of the industry into a major labor union and led to the unionization of the domestic United States automobile industry.

General Motors Company, commonly known as GM, is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, that designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes vehicles and vehicle parts, and sells financial services.

The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, better known as the United Automobile Workers, is an American labor union that represents workers in the United States and Canada.


Since the late 1960s, Flint has faced several crises.


The city sank into a deep economic depression after GM significantly downsized its workforce in the area from a 1978 high of 80,000 to under 8,000 by 2010.


From 1960 to 2010, the population of the city nearly halved from 196,940 to 102,434.


In the mid-2000s, Flint became known for its high crime rates and has repeatedly been ranked among the most dangerous cities in the United States.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.


The city was under a state of financial emergency from 2002–2004 and again from 2011–2015.


Since 2014, the city has faced a major public health emergency due to lead poisoning in the local water supply that has affected thousands of residents, as well as an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease due to tainted water at McLaren Regional Medical Center that has killed 10 people and affected 77 others.

Legionnaires' disease is a form of atypical pneumonia caused by any type of Legionella bacteria.

McLaren Flint is a nonprofit, 416-bed tertiary teaching hospital located in Flint, Michigan.

Lead poisoning is a type of metal poisoning caused by lead in the body.

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