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DeWitt, Michigan
City of DeWitt
Location within Clinton County
Location within Clinton County
DeWitt, Michigan is located in Michigan
DeWitt, Michigan
DeWitt, Michigan
Location in Michigan
DeWitt, Michigan is located in the United States
DeWitt, Michigan
DeWitt, Michigan
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Michigan
County Clinton
Settled 1833
Incorporated 1929 (village)
1965 (city)
 • Type Mayor–council
 • Total 2.98 sq mi (7.72 km2)
 • Land 2.84 sq mi (7.35 km2)
 • Water 0.14 sq mi (0.37 km2)
830 ft (253 m)
 • Total 4,507
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,694.75/sq mi (654.29/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 517
FIPS code 26-22120
GNIS feature ID 0624400

DeWitt is a city in Clinton County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 4,507 at the 2010 census. The city is located north of Interstate 69 and west of U.S. Route 127, just north of the city of Lansing.


DeWitt was named after DeWitt Clinton, Governor of New York during the 1820s. It was first settled by Captain David Scott, who moved there from Ann Arbor in 1833, and platted the land. The State Legislature formally created DeWitt Township on March 23, 1836. The first township meeting was held at the house of Captain Scott on April 8, 1836. A gentleman by the name of Welcome J. Partelo was named the township’s first Supervisor at that meeting.

It did not take long for the State to divide DeWitt Township into the many townships that we recognize today. In 1837, the township was split in half by a North/South line with the western half becoming Watertown Township. Two years later, the township was again split in half by an East/West line with the northern half becoming Bingham Township. One day later, the Governor approved an act, which split the remaining township area in half by an east/west line with the eastern half becoming Ossowa Township (renamed Bath Township in 1857). The final split of the township came in 1841 with the northern half of the remaining land becoming Olive Township. In four years, DeWitt Township went from encompassing the entire county to its current boundary.

The county seat for Clinton County was also located in DeWitt Township from the inception of the County. The county seat remained in DeWitt Township until December 1857 when it was moved to high Hall, in the village of St. Johns, until a new courthouse could be built.

In the early 1900s, the Lansing, St. Johns and St. Louis Railway opened the community to a new era of prosperity. It was not until 1929 when the town was incorporated as a village, and then was no longer under the full jurisdiction of the township.

The area that is now the city was first incorporated as a village in 1929.

On October 21, 1930 a great fire swept though the downtown business district, destroying eight historic and business buildings. This included the destruction of the Clinton House/Hotel, which was a regionally famous establishment. The fire devastated the community, stagnating business growth once again. However, residential development did not slow, and thus DeWitt began its evolvement into the bedroom community that it is today.

The Village of Dewitt was incorporated into a city in 1965.

The DeWitt area was ranked as the 75th best place to live in the United States by CNN Money in 2005.

On September 13, 2011 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at 110 South Bridge Street, unveiling the city's first electrical vehicle charging station.


DeWitt is on the Looking Glass River, a tributary of the Grand River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.99 square miles (7.74 km2), of which 2.86 square miles (7.41 km2) is land and 0.13 square miles (0.34 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 284
1930 476
1940 651 36.8%
1950 824 26.6%
1960 1,238 50.2%
1970 1,829 47.7%
1980 3,165 73.0%
1990 3,964 25.2%
2000 4,702 18.6%
2010 4,507 −4.1%
2019 (est.) 4,808 6.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,507 people, 1,732 households, and 1,314 families living in the city. The population density was 1,575.9 inhabitants per square mile (608.5/km2). There were 1,808 housing units at an average density of 632.2 per square mile (244.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.9% White, 1.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.5% of the population.

There were 1,732 households, of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 24.1% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 2.99.

The median age in the city was 39.8 years. 26.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.2% were from 25 to 44; 32.4% were from 45 to 64; and 9.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% 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, DeWitt has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.


The city is home to the following schools, which are divided among grade levels:

  • Fuerstenau Early Childhood Center (Pre-K)
  • Schavey Road Elementary School (Kindergarten and 1st grade)
  • Scott Elementary School (2nd and 3rd grades)
  • Herbison Woods School (4th and 5th grades)
  • DeWitt Middle School (6th-8th grades)
  • DeWitt High School (9th-12th grades)

Notable people

  • SungWon Cho, YouTuber and voice actor
  • Dave Cutler, software engineer
  • Oscar G. Johnson, WWII veteran and Medal of Honor recipient
  • Jordyn Wieber, gymnast and Olympic gold medalist

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