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Burton, Michigan
City of Burton
Location within Genesee County
Location within Genesee County
Burton, Michigan is located in Michigan
Burton, Michigan
Burton, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Genesee
Settled 1831
Organized 1855 (Burton Township)
Incorporated 1972 (city)
 • Type Mayor–council
 • Total 23.42 sq mi (60.67 km2)
 • Land 23.36 sq mi (60.49 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)
771 ft (235 m)
 • Total 29,999
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,223.46/sq mi (472.37/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48439 (Grand Blanc)
48509, 48519, 48529
Area code(s) 810
FIPS code 26-12060
GNIS feature ID 1675445

Burton is a city in Genesee County in the state of Michigan and a suburb of Flint. The population was 29,999 at the 2010 census, making Burton the second largest city in Genesee County.


  • Belsay is on Belsay Road at the rail track north of I-69 and Court Street and south of Davison Road.43°01′35″N 83°35′45″W / 43.02639°N 83.59583°W / 43.02639; -83.59583 (Belsay).
  • Lapeer Heights is at Belsay Road and Roberta Road and south of Lapeer Road.43°00′31″N 83°35′42″W / 43.00861°N 83.59500°W / 43.00861; -83.59500 (Lapeer Heights).


Although there were Native Americans and trappers whom lived on land earlier, and even some who attempted to settle by there, many of the original settlers of Burton came from the towns of Adams and Henderson in Jefferson County, New York. For 20 years, this area was known as the Atherton settlement, after brothers Shubael and Perus Atherton and nephew Pliny Atherton Skinner (and later joined by another brother, Adonijah), who settled on the Thread Creek in 1835. Atherton descendants still live in Burton in 2014.

The City of Burton was organized as Burton Township, in 1855. Burton Township had first been a part of who got what taxable land. The North part of Burton was part of Kearsley Township along with the Southern part of Genesee Township from 1839 until 1843 when the township was merged back (for school purposes) into Flint Township. When the City of Flint incorporated, Burton Township was separated from Flint Township by the Genesee County Board of Supervisors on October 12, 1855, although the first township meeting did not take place until April 7, 1856, which is sometimes taken as the actual date of organization. Over the years, large portions of the northern and western sides of the township were annexed by the City of Flint for revenues. On May 16, 1972, township residents voted to incorporate and the City of Burton was officially formed July 1 of that year.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.43 square miles (60.68 km2), of which 23.36 square miles (60.50 km2) is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,363
1890 1,233 −9.5%
1900 1,145 −7.1%
1910 987 −13.8%
1920 2,154 118.2%
1930 6,727 212.3%
1940 10,909 62.2%
1950 18,171 66.6%
1960 29,700 63.4%
1970 32,540 9.6%
1980 29,976 −7.9%
1990 27,617 −7.9%
2000 30,308 9.7%
2010 29,999 −1.0%
2019 (est.) 28,574 −4.8%
Township until after 1970 census.
U.S. Decennial Census
2018 Estimate

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 29,999 people, 11,964 households, and 8,041 families living in the city. The population density was 1,284.2 inhabitants per square mile (495.8/km2). There were 13,075 housing units at an average density of 559.7 per square mile (216.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.1% White, 7.3% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.1% of the population.

There were 11,964 households, of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.8% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the city was 38.6 years. 24% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.9% were from 25 to 44; 28% were from 45 to 64; and 13.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.


This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Burton has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.

Notable people

  • Sumner Howard, politician and jurist in Michigan and Arizona
  • Nick Khouri, economic advisor and 46th Treasurer of Michigan
  • Jill Parr, contemporary Christian musician
  • Nedra Pickler, journalist
  • Dan Skuta, NFL linebacker
  • Paula Zelenko, politician

See also

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