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Davison, Michigan
City of Davison
City of Flags
Location within Genesee County
Location within Genesee County
Davison, Michigan is located in Michigan
Davison, Michigan
Davison, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Genesee
Incorporated 1889 (village)
1938 (city)
 • Type Council–manager
 • Total 1.99 sq mi (5.14 km2)
 • Land 1.99 sq mi (5.14 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
794 ft (242 m)
 • Total 5,173
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,457.70/sq mi (948.77/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 810
FIPS code 26-19880
GNIS feature ID 0624356

Davison is a city in Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan and a suburb of Flint. The population was 5,536 at the 2000 census and fell to 5,173 by the 2010 census. Davison is located within Davison Township survey township area (7N 8E), but is administratively autonomous.

Davison was named after Judge Norman Davison, a judge of Lapeer County and a delegate to state constitution convention of 1835. He resided in a nearby hamlet formerly known as Davisonville, now known as Atlas.


Davison Station

Township section section 3, 9 and 10 was Davison Station, which was first settled in 1842 by Eleazer Thurston in section 10. The line of the Chicago and Lake Huron Railroad through the settlement was finished in 1871 marked the beginning of Davison Station. The first saw mill in the township was also built here that year by Dunn and Darling. The township and the settlement had in 1872 a number of firsts: doctor, L. W. Hanson, merchant Damon Stewart and tavern owned and operated by Henry S. Rising. On April 10, 1872, Davison Station post office open with Stewart as the postmaster. The Free Will Baptist Church, formed in 1859 at and hosted at Herrick Schoolhouse two miles away, moved to a frame church building in the village in 1872.

In 1873, a cheese factory and flouring mill opened. The Davison Station post office was renamed to just Davison on June 30, 1893.

Davison Village

By 1916, Davison was incorporated as a village. In that year, the village had an auditorium, a state bank, Masonic and Odd Fellows lodges, four churches, the Catholic, the Methodist Episcopal, the Free Methodist and the Baptist. The estimated population was 700.

In January 2010, it was announced that Davison City Manager Dale Martin and Davison Township, Michigan Supervisor Kurt Soper had begun preliminary meetings discussing the possibility of merging the two municipalities.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.98 square miles (5.13 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 163
1890 456 179.8%
1900 751 64.7%
1910 673 −10.4%
1920 811 20.5%
1930 1,298 60.0%
1940 1,397 7.6%
1950 1,745 24.9%
1960 3,761 115.5%
1970 5,259 39.8%
1980 6,087 15.7%
1990 5,693 −6.5%
2000 5,536 −2.8%
2010 5,173 −6.6%
Est. 2019 4,881 −5.6%
Source: Census Bureau. 2000, 1960-1990

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,173 people, 2,371 households, and 1,314 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,617.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 94.9% White, 1.8% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander, 0.7% from other races, and 2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.

The 2010 census lists 2,371 households, out of which 640 (27%) had children under the age of 18 living with them, 837 (35.3%) were married couples living together, 349 (14.7%) had a female householder with no husband present, and 1,057 (44.6%) were non-families. 936 (39.5%) of all households were made up of individuals, and 492 (18.1%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.91. In the city, the population was spread out, with 25.8% aged birth to 19, 12.1% from 20 to 29, 12.6% from 30 to 39, 13.1% from 40 to 49, 13% 50 to 59, 11.1% from 60 to 69, and 12.1% who were 70 years of age or older. The median age was 39.5 years.

According to the American Community Survey, 2010, The median income for a household in the city was $37,793, and the mean income for a household was $48,643. The per capita income for the city was $23,132. About 14.5% of families and 17.5% of the city population were below the poverty line, with 26.6% of those being under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Chiodos, post-hardcore band
  • Kathleen Flinn, an award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. Her memoir, Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good about her life growing up in Davison was named a 2015 Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan.
  • Thomas C. Hart, a U.S. Navy admiral and Asiatic Fleet commander during World War II
  • Michael Moore, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, was born in 1954 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Flint, Michigan, spent most of his childhood in Davison, and graduated from Davison High School in 1972.
  • Ken Morrow, professional ice hockey defenseman and Stanley Cup winner who played in the 1980 Miracle on Ice game was raised in Davison.
  • John Sinclair, poet, human rights activist, manager of the MC5, and founder of the anti-racist White Panther Party was raised in Davison.
  • Tim Thomas, NHL goalie
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