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The boundaries of the eighty-three counties in Michigan have not changed substantially since 1897. Wayne County was the sixth county in the Northwest Territory, formed 15 August 1796 and organized in 1815. Wayne County was created 21 November 1815 as an original county of Michigan.

Genesee County, Michigan

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Genesee County is a county in the state of Michigan. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 425,790, making it the fifth-most populous county in Michigan. The county seat and population center is Flint (birthplace of General Motors).

Genesee County comprises the Flint, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area and is included in the Detroit-Warren-Ann Arbor, MI Combined Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Genesee County Name

Genesee County was named after Genesee County, New York, home of many original settlers


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Genesee County History

Genesee County was named after Genesee County, New York, home of many original settlers

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.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 650 square miles (1,700 km2), of which 637 square miles (1,650 km2) is land and 13 square miles (34 km2) (1.9%) 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.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Tuscola County (northeast)
  • Saginaw County (northwest)
  • Lapeer County (east)
  • Shiawassee County (west)
  • Oakland County (southeast)
  • Livingston County (southwest)


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