Lapeer, Michigan

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Lapeer, Michigan
City
Lapeer County Courthouse
Location of Lapeer, Michigan
Coordinates: 43°3′7″N 83°18′59″W / 43.05194°N 83.31639°W / 43.05194; -83.31639
CountryUnited States
StateMichigan
CountyLapeer
Government
 • Typecouncil-manager
Area[1]
 • Total7.38 sq mi (19.11 km2)
 • Land7.13 sq mi (18.47 km2)
 • Water0.25 sq mi (0.65 km2)
Elevation856 ft (261 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total8,841
 • Estimate (2012[3])8,821
 • Density1,240.0/sq mi (478.8/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code48446
Area code(s)810
FIPS code26-46040[4]
GNIS feature ID0630146[5]
 
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Lapeer, Michigan
City
Lapeer County Courthouse
Location of Lapeer, Michigan
Coordinates: 43°3′7″N 83°18′59″W / 43.05194°N 83.31639°W / 43.05194; -83.31639
CountryUnited States
StateMichigan
CountyLapeer
Government
 • Typecouncil-manager
Area[1]
 • Total7.38 sq mi (19.11 km2)
 • Land7.13 sq mi (18.47 km2)
 • Water0.25 sq mi (0.65 km2)
Elevation856 ft (261 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total8,841
 • Estimate (2012[3])8,821
 • Density1,240.0/sq mi (478.8/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code48446
Area code(s)810
FIPS code26-46040[4]
GNIS feature ID0630146[5]

Lapeer is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and is the county seat of Lapeer County.[6] As of the 2010 census, the city population was 8,841. Most of the city was incorporated from land that was formerly in Lapeer Township, though portions were also annexed from Mayfield Township and Elba Township. The city government is politically independent of all three townships. Lapeer is in southern Michigan, east of Flint, on the Flint River. The name "Lapeer" is an Americanization of the French la pierre, which means 'stone'.[7] (See List of Michigan county name etymologies.)

History[edit]

On October 26, 2010,[8] Lapeer became a founding member of the Karegnondi Water Authority.[8]

On August 15, 2012, the fourth-largest Powerball jackpot was won from a ticket sold at the Sunoco station in Lapeer. The jackpot had an annuity value of $337 million.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.38 square miles (19.11 km2), of which, 7.13 square miles (18.47 km2) is land and 0.25 square miles (0.65 km2) is water.[1] It is considered to be part of the Thumb of Michigan, which in turn is a subregion of the Flint/Tri-Cities.

Demographics[edit]

Most Common Employment: Manufacturing 26.4% Educational, Health 24.5% Retail 10.3%

Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (2000 Census)

Average Commute Time for City Residents: 26.8 minutes[citation needed] Growth Rate: 16.9% (10th highest in Michigan for comparable cities)[citation needed]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 8,841 people, 3,446 households, and 1,927 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,240.0 inhabitants per square mile (478.8 /km2). There were 3,956 housing units at an average density of 554.8 per square mile (214.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.6% White, 7.6% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.9% of the population.

There were 3,446 households of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.1% were married couples living together, 18.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.1% were non-families. 39.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.97.

The median age in the city was 36 years. 24.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 11% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.2% were from 25 to 44; 24.2% were from 45 to 64; and 13.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.5% male and 48.5% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 9,072 people, 3,443 households, and 1,979 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,635.5 per square mile (631.1/km²). There were 3,658 housing units at an average density of 659.5 per square mile (254.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.91% White, 5.95% African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.09% from other races, and 1.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.33% of the population.

There were 3,443 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.3% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.5% were non-families. 36.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 36.5% from 25 to 44, 17.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 106.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,526, and the median income for a family was $42,872. Males had a median income of $36,731 versus $24,552 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,608. About 8.5% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.3% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Lapeer is member of Karegnondi Water Authority[8] and of the Greater Lapeer County Utilities Authority.[9] Lapeer is served by the Lapeer District Library.[10] Public schools in the Lapeer are run by the Lapeer Community Schools and the following private schools:

Notable residents[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Rail and bus[edit]

Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Lapeer, operating its Blue Water daily in both directions between Chicago and Port Huron.

Greater Lapeer Transportation Authority (GLTA) is the local public bus system serving Lapeer and the surrounding area.

Media[edit]

Radio[edit]

The thumb area is an unranked radio area. Local radio in Lapeer includes WLCO AM, WQUS FM, and WMPC AM.

FM[edit]

  • WWBN 101.5 FM, Flint's Banana 101.5
  • WNFR 90.7 FM, Port Huron, Christian Radio
  • WIDL 92.1 FM, Cass City
  • WBGV 92.5 FM, Marlette, Today's Best Country
  • WQUS 103.1 FM, Lapeer, "US 103.1" Classic Hits
  • WCZE 103.7 FM Harbor Beach / WHYT 88.1 FM Imlay City, Smile FM

AM[edit]

  • WMIC 660 AM, Sandusky,[12] The Thumb's Information Station (Daytime Only)
  • WMPC 1230 AM, Lapeer, Gospel Radio 1230
  • WLCO 1530 AM, Lapeer, Real Country (Daytime Only)

Newspaper[edit]

Television[edit]

Lapeer is in the Detroit television market; Lapeer also receives most stations from the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City market. Charter Communications in Lapeer carry most Detroit channels and most major Flint/Tri-Cities channels.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ Michigan county names per Michigan Arts and History.
  8. ^ a b c Thorne, Blake (October 27, 2010). "Karegnondi Water Authority sets course for cutting ties with Detroit water". Flint Journal. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  9. ^ Hogan, Jeff (June 16, 2010). "Lapeer signs onto water authority". The County Press. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Library Board". Lapeer District Library website. Lapeer County. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  11. ^ http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberyhonors/newberymedal
  12. ^ WMIC

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°03′05″N 83°19′08″W / 43.05139°N 83.31889°W / 43.05139; -83.31889