|City of Burton|
Location within Genesee County
|Organized||1855 (Burton Township)|
|o Mayor||Duane Haskins|
|o City council|
|o Total||23.42 sq mi (60.67 km2)|
|o Land||23.36 sq mi (60.49 km2)|
|o Water||0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)|
|Elevation||771 ft (235 m)|
| o Estimate |
|o Density||1,223.46/sq mi (472.37/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (EST)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
48439 (Grand Blanc)
48509, 48519, 48529
|GNIS feature ID||1675445|
Although there were Native Americans and trappers whom lived on land earlier, and even some who attempted to settle by there, many of the original settlers of Burton came from the towns of Adams and Henderson in Jefferson County, New York. For 20 years, this area was known as the Atherton settlement, after brothers Shubael and Perus Atherton and nephew Pliny Atherton Skinner (and later joined by another brother, Adonijah), who settled on the Thread Creek in 1835. Atherton descendants still live in Burton in 2014.
The City of Burton was organized as Burton Township, in 1855. Burton Township had first been a part of Flint Township. The North part of Burton was part of Kearsley Township along with the Southern part of Genesee Township from 1839 until 1843 when the township was merged back (for school purposes) into Flint Township. When the City of Flint incorporated, Burton Township was separated from Flint Township by the Genesee County Board of Supervisors on October 12, 1855, although the first township meeting did not take place until April 7, 1856, which is sometimes taken as the actual date of organization. On December 13, 1861, a post office was opened with Horace L. Donelson as postmaster and only operated until August 6 of the next year.
Over the years, large portions of the northern and western sides of the township were annexed by the City of Flint for revenues.
On May 16, 1972, township residents voted to incorporate and the City of Burton was officially formed July 1 of that year. Burton began receiving Karegnondi Water Authority water treated by Genesee County Drain Commission Water and Waste Division on December 15, 2017.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 23.43 square miles (60.68 km2), of which 23.36 square miles (60.50 km2) is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 29,999 people, 11,964 households, and 8,041 families living in the city. The population density was 1,284.2 inhabitants per square mile (495.8/km2). There were 13,075 housing units at an average density of 559.7 per square mile (216.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.1% White, 7.3% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.1% of the population.
There were 11,964 households, of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.8% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.00.
The median age in the city was 38.6 years. 24% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.9% were from 25 to 44; 28% were from 45 to 64; and 13.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 30,308 people, 11,699 households, and 8,165 families living in the city. The population density was 1,291.3 per square mile (498.6/km2). There were 12,348 housing units at an average density of 526.1 per square mile (203.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.09% White, 3.55% African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.81% from other races, and 2.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.33% of the population.
There were 11,699 households, out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.8% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 25.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.08.
In the city, the population was spread out, with 27.4% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $44,050, and the median income for a family was $50,332. Males had a median income of $41,433 versus $27,601 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,548. About 5.5% of families and 8.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.6% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.
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, Burton has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.