Flint is a city within the state of Michigan. It is located 106 km or 66 miles northwest of Detroit. The U.S. Census Bureau recorded the population during the year 2010 to be 102,434, making Flint the 7th biggest city in the state of Michigan. Flint serves as the county seat of Genesee County. This occupies the Flint/Tri-Cities region of Michigan. Furthermore, Genesee County is the entirety of Flint's metropolitan area and is the 4th biggest metropolitan area in Michigan. In the year 2010 the population of the area was roughly 425,800.
The city of Flint was founded during 1819, by Jacob Smith, a prominent Detroit fur trader. The site was a perfect site for a stopover on the overland route between Detroit and Saginaw. It grew fast into a small sized village. The settlement became incorporated as the city of Flint during 1855. The name was chosen from the river running through the area. The city of Flint established itself as a lumber center during the latter half of the 19th century. As the century drew to a close the city was able to leverage its lumbering infrastructure into a growing carriage-manufacturing industry. Flint soon became known as "Vehicle City," as it became the biggest carriage-making center in the world. Flint was in the forefront of the new auto trade when horse-drawn carriages gave way to the arrival of automobiles.
William C. Durant founded the General Motors Corporation in 1908. The automobile manufacturing and assembly soon prospered into a big business. The city of Flint has remained closely tied to the automobile business throughout the 20th century. The city of Flint has ridden the wave of the industry's times of success and hardships which have happened.
In Flint today, the main industries comprise healthcare, educational services, social assistance and manufacturing. The automobile industry that was once a major part of the local economy has gone through a major decline although it still contributes to the overall economy. The main employment sectors in Flint comprise healthcare, educational services, manufacturing, transportation equipment, accommodation and food services, construction, and social assistance. Approximately 21 percent of the workforce consists of transportation and material moving workers and production.
The most common jobs performed within the city of Flint are registered nurses, teachers, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, family, school and child social workers, pharmacists, industrial engineers, physical therapists and health and medical services managers.
Some of the top businesses within the city consist of Genesys Health System, General Motors, McLaren medical Center, Hurley Medical Center, Citizens Bank, City of Flint, Genesee County, Genesee Intermediated School District, Flint Community, Baker College, Delphi, Miller Apple LTD Partnership, Carman Ainsworth Community Schools, Charles Stewart Mott Community College and Beecher Community Schools.