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Genesee County Geography and Quick Facts

Formed: 1837Image: Genesee County Map

County Seat: Flint

Location: The southeastern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula near 43°1'N 83°42'W

Area: Genesee County has a total area of 648 square miles (1682 sq km). Approximately 638 sq miles (1652 sq km) of it is land and 10 sq miles (26 sq km) of it is water.

Topography: Most of the land in the county is relatively flat, but the southern end is hilly and covered by several lakes. The lowest point at 600 feet above sea level is in the north west region of the county on the Flint River in Montrose Township as the river exits the county.  The highest point is 1032 feet above sea level and is located in the Orchard Hills Subdivision in the City of Fenton at the southern end of the county.

Hydrography: Genesee County is mostly drained by the Flint River, which is dammed into Mott Lake and the Holloway Reservoir in the northeast corner of the county. The southeast corner and southern end are drained by the Shiawassee River.

Population: 415,376 (2013). Based on population Genesee County is the 5th largest in the state.

Major Land Use/Cover: 55% agricultural, 21% forested, 14% residential, 4% wetlands, 3% commercial/industrial, 2% water (National Land Cover Database 1992).

Adjacent Counties: Lapeer County (east), Shiawassee County (west), Oakland County (southeast), Livingston County (southwest), Tuscola County (northeast), Saginaw County (northwest)

Municipalities: 11 Cities, 17 townships, 5 villages

Main Highways: I-75, I-475, I-69, US-23, M-15, M-57, M-13, M-21, M-121, M-54

Rail Lines: Central Michigan, Grand Trunk Western, Chesapeake & Ohio