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Village of Goodrich
Village
Downtown Goodrich 2014.JPG
Location of Goodrich within Genesee County, Michigan
Location of Goodrich within Genesee County, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Genesee
Settled 1835
Incorporated 1957
Area
 • Total 2.26 sq mi (5.85 km2)
 • Land 2.19 sq mi (5.67 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)  3.10%
Elevation
873 ft (266 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,860
 • Estimate 
(2012)
1,832
 • Density 849.3/sq mi (327.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
48438
Area code(s) 810
FIPS code 26-32980
GNIS feature ID 0626948

Goodrich is a village in Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,860 at the 2010 census. The village is a suburb of Flint located within Atlas Township.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.26 square miles (5.85 km2), of which 2.19 square miles (5.67 km2) is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 235
1960 701
1970 774 10.4%
1980 795 2.7%
1990 916 15.2%
2000 1,353 47.7%
2010 1,860 37.5%
2015 (est.) 1,831 −1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,860 people, 648 households, and 484 families residing in the village. The population density was 849.3 inhabitants per square mile (327.9/km2). There were 692 housing units at an average density of 316.0 per square mile (122.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.1% White, 0.9% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 648 households of which 45.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.9% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.3% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.33.

The median age in the village was 36.9 years. 32.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27% were from 25 to 44; 24.5% were from 45 to 64; and 10.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.7% male and 50.3% female.

History

Mr. and Mrs. Levi H. Goodrich traveled via steam ship from Buffalo to Detroit to settle after they had sold their home in the summer of 1835. They journeyed from Detroit towards modern-day Pontiac, where they met land explorers who told them of the land's beauty. When they reached the vicinity of Davison's Mill (now Atlas), they found rich, fertile soil, an excess of timber, and readily available water. They returned to Detroit and purchased one thousand acres (4 km²) at $1.25 per acre. They returned to their old home in Clarence, New York and prepared to return to their purchased property. It was decided that Moses and Levi, the eldest and third of the six brothers, would travel back via Canada. They completed their journey in 16 days, and built a cabin before the family arrived on May 20, 1836. The first wood-frame house was built for Enos Goodrich in 1838.

The first tavern, The Goodrich House, was built in 1846 by a Mr. Matthew Davidson. This was a popular spot for trading and salesman. In over one hundred years, there were several owners, the most notable being Ben Yerkey, The Cicote Brothers (famous for their baseball career) and Emery Rockafellow. After the Death of Rockefellow, the tavern was bought by S. M. Hegel. The house fell victim to a fire in 2009 and was subsequently torn down.

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