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Flushing, Michigan
City of Flushing
Downtown Flushing looking east along Main Street from the Flint River
Downtown Flushing looking east along Main Street from the Flint River
Location within Genesee County
Location within Genesee County
Flushing, Michigan is located in Michigan
Flushing, Michigan
Flushing, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Genesee
Platted 1840
Incorporated 1877 (village)
1964 (city)
 • Type Council–manager
 • Total 3.74 sq mi (9.68 km2)
 • Land 3.61 sq mi (9.36 km2)
 • Water 0.12 sq mi (0.32 km2)  4.49%
699 ft (213 m)
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,180.41/sq mi (841.75/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 810
FIPS code 26-29200
GNIS feature ID 0626199

Flushing is a city in Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 8,389 at the 2010 census. Flushing is considered a suburb of Flint. It is situated within the survey area of Flushing Charter Township, but is administratively autonomous.

Flushing originated as a mill town in the mid-1830s. Its location along the Flint River, the county's largest river, was a decisive factor in its settlement. Water power potential was a significant determinant for the selection of the settlement areas throughout the nineteenth century. In addition to its water power, the area around Flushing was also well suited to agricultural pursuits.

The name Dover originally was selected for the new village until it was discovered that the name already was in use in Lenawee County. Charles Seymour Sr., former resident of Flushing, Long Island, subsequently named the new community after the village in New York State.


In 1835, Charles Seymour purchased land here. Horace Jerome came in 1836 for water power. The duo ran a sawmill. In 1840, the community was platted by Seymour. Charles sold out to his brother James Seymour in 1843. James then made a second plat in 1847. Previous to 1866, district 2 was formed with the community was a part of the district. On July 30, 1873, village women formed the Flushing Ladies' Association.

In 1874, a subscription private fire department, the Wolverine Fire Company, was formed with 35 members and Arza N. Niles as first chief engineer. Wolverine paid for a small engine designed by Captain Haas of Flint of his own design and patent.

Flushing was incorporated as a village on March 21, 1877 with its first election held on May 8, 1877. Oscar F. Clarke was elected as the first village president. After incorporation, the fire company turned over its equipment to the village. In 1878, the Haas engine was instrument in containing a major fire in the business district to just a saloon and hotel. The Flushing Patrol, the village's first professional newspaper, was founded on October 18 1878 by D. C. Ashun.


The Flint River flows through Flushing.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.79 square miles (9.82 km2), of which 3.62 square miles (9.38 km2) is land and 0.17 square miles (0.44 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 406
1870 687 69.2%
1880 690 0.4%
1890 965 39.9%
1900 900 −6.7%
1910 938 4.2%
1920 1,169 24.6%
1930 1,723 47.4%
1940 1,806 4.8%
1950 2,226 23.3%
1960 3,761 69.0%
1970 7,190 91.2%
1980 8,624 19.9%
1990 8,542 −1.0%
2000 8,348 −2.3%
2010 8,389 0.5%
2019 (est.) 7,880 −6.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,389 people, 3,574 households, and 2,307 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,317.4 inhabitants per square mile (894.8/km2). There were 3,816 housing units at an average density of 1,054.1 per square mile (407.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.8% White, 2.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 3,574 households, of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.5% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the city was 45.1 years. 21.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.8% were from 25 to 44; 28.4% were from 45 to 64; and 21.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.1% male and 53.9% female.


Primary and secondary education are provided by Flushing Community Schools. Since 1954, Flushing is also home to Saint Robert Catholic School for Pre-K through 8th grade.

Notable people

  • Cornelia Moore Chillson Moots (1843–1929), missionary, temperance evangelist
  • Shawn Cronin (1963) is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets, Philadelphia Flyers and San Jose Sharks.
  • Ralph M. Freeman (1902-1990) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
  • John J. Gleason (1954) is a Democratic politician and current Clerk/Register of Deeds for Genesee County, Michigan.
  • Halley H. Prosser (1870-1921), member of the Michigan House of Representatives
  • Matthew Rettenmund (1968), author (Boy Culture)
  • Ira Terry Sayre (1858-1926), Michigan state senator
  • Amanda Somerville (1979), singer-songwriter, vocal coach
  • Edmund G. Love, (1912-1990), author (Subways Are for Sleeping)
  • Tom Smallwood, (1977), professional ten-pin bowler

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