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Beecher, Michigan

Beecher Metropolitan District
Location within Genesee County
Location within Genesee County
Beecher, Michigan is located in Michigan
Beecher, Michigan
Beecher, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Beecher, Michigan is located in the United States
Beecher, Michigan
Beecher, Michigan
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Michigan
County Genesee
Townships Genesee and Mount Morris
 • Total 5.90 sq mi (15.28 km2)
 • Land 5.88 sq mi (15.23 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
801 ft (244 m)
 • Total 10,232
 • Density 1,739/sq mi (671.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48458 (Mount Morris)
48504 (Flint)
48505 (Flint)
Area code(s) 810
FIPS code 26-06820
GNIS feature ID 1616987

Beecher (or also, Beecher Metropolitan District) is an unincorporated community in Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is a census-designated place (CDP) for statistical purposes and has no legal status as a municipality. The population was 10,232 as of the 2010 census, down from 12,793 at the 2000 census.

The CDP area is situated on the east side of Mount Morris Township where Interstate 475 turns westward between the cities of Flint and Mount Morris. The eastern one-third of the CDP is in the western part of Genesee Township.

The name "Beecher" is used for a number of institutions covering some part of the census-designated place: Beecher Community School District, Beecher Fire Department and Beecher Metropolitan Water and Sewer District.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.9 square miles (15.3 km2), of which 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2), or 0.32%, is water. The southern part of the CDP is served by the Flint ZIP codes of 48504 and 48505. The northern portion is served by the Mount Morris ZIP code 48458.

Beecher Road runs through Genesee County, but it lies mostly in Flint Township and Clayton Township and not Beecher itself.


As of the census of 2000, there were 12,793 people, 4,476 households, and 3,280 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,159.8 per square mile (834.4/km2). There were 5,002 housing units at an average density of 844.5 per square mile (326.2/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 65.90% White, 28.01% Black or African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.92% from other races, and 3.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.96% of the population.

There were 4,476 households, out of which 39.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.6% were married couples living together, 33.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 22.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.85 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 34.3% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every 100 females there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $25,925, and the median income for a family was $26,500. Males had a median income of $29,150 versus $21,870 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $13,484. About 25.0% of families and 30.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 45.0% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over. Due to the schools' mascot, the Buccaneers, the area is also known as Buc-town.

Beecher tornado

At about 8:30 pm, on Monday evening, June 8, 1953, a tornado touched down near the intersection of W. Coldwater and North Linden roads, just north of Flint. Before the storm left Genesee County, 116 people died in the Beecher district. A track of destruction 0.5 miles (800 m) wide was left.

Most people living in the area were at home with the children in bed. By the time people heard the storm's roar their houses were being torn apart.

The slow-moving tornado wrecked 340 houses, severely damaged many others, and injured 844 persons. The major damage was concentrated between Clio Road and N. Dort Highway. This area contained mostly small homes with some businesses and a high school. It is ranked the 10th deadliest tornado in U. S. history, being displaced from 9th position in spring 2011 by the Joplin, Missouri tornado.

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