Flint, MI

Flint is the seventh largest city in Michigan, with a population of about 101,558 according to the 2011 census. Flint is 66 miles northwest of Detroit and is located along the Flint River.

Being the birthplace of General Motors, Flint is pretty well known. Also, in 1936-1937, the Flint Sit-Down Strike took place, which made a huge impact for the United Auto Workers. Another reason Flint is popular is the fact that it is the headquarters of Citizens Bank.

Based on the 2010 census of Flint, there were 102,434 people. Of these 102,434 people, there were 48,7444 households and 30,270 families. The breakdown of races was as follows: 56.6% African American, 37.4% Caucasian, 0.5% Asian, and 3.9% from two or more races.

30.6% of the population in 2010 was people under eighteen years old. The ages between eighteen and twenty-four made up 10.3% of the population; 29.4% of the population were the ages of twenty-five and forty-four; 19.2% of the population were the ages forty-five to sixty-four, and 10.5% were older than sixty-five. Based on these statistics, the male to female ratio consisted of 88.6 males for every 100 females.

22.9% of families and 26.4% of the population were below the poverty line. This included 37.4% of those under eighteen and 13.4% of those over sixty-five. The norm income for a household was $28,015. The norm income for a whole family unit was $31,424. The income of males was more than a females’ – $34,009 was the norm income for males and $24,237 for females.

Flint is within the “humid continental climate zone.” This means that Flint has four diverse seasons. The winters are very cold with a lot of snow, with the average temperature being 21.3°F and lows being near 0°F. The snow average each winter reaches 48 inches each season. The record low was set in January 1976, with a low of -25°F. The summers in Flint are considered to be very hot and humid, with the daily mean temperature being 70.6°F and highs reaching near 90°F. The record high was set in July of 1936 with a high of 108°F. Near the end of the summer, the chances of rain increase.

Flint had a reputation of being a city with a high crime rate during the 1980s and 1990s. This reputation has not changed. For the years of 2007-2010, Flint’s violent crime rate has been in the top five of United States cities with a population of at least 50,000, according to FBI statistics. The FBI ranked Flint as the second most violent city in the United States in 2007. In 2009, Flint had 2,244 violent crimes, which included 36 homicides, 91 rapes, and 1,527 felonious assaults, according to the FBI. Surprisingly, even with these horrible crimes, 66 police officers were laid off in 2010 due to the financial crisis Flint was having.

By a number of different organizations and even magazines, they have said that Flint is the most violent city. In the beginning of 2012, Forbes Magazine rated Flint as the sixth “most violent city for women in America.” Flint also took the number one spot on the FBI’s 2011 list of “Most Violent Cities with Populations over 100,000 people” and a similar list from the Wall Street Journal.

On November 8, 2011, the Michigan State review panel announced that Flint was in a state of “local government financial emergency.” It was recommended that an Emergency Financial Manager is appointed and attempt to help the economic crisis. In efforts to help with the Flint finances, many of the top city coordinators were dismissed in order to save funds. This Financial Manager has made plans to cut most city departments (including police and fire) and raise taxes in 2013 to help the crisis.

If going to visit Flint as a tourist, there are a few “must-see” places. These places include the Flint Cultural Center, Flint Children’s Museum, and the Flint Farmers Market. There are also places to golf and multiple places to go shopping. Sorry, no NASA museums around here.