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Lapeer County
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Organized in 1835, Lapeer County takes its name from the French as a derivation of "LaPierre," meaning "stone" or "flint." Located 60 miles north of Detroit, 70 miles east of Lansing, and only 20 miles east of Flint, Lapeer County ranks as the 23rd most populous among Michigan's 83 counties with 74,768 residents. The county consists of 18 townships, 7 villages, 2 cities, encompasses 666 square miles, and is a well-balanced community of farms, industry, retail, and urban residents. 



General Data


 DISTANCE  MILES  KM
Chicago 300 482
Cleveland 220 353
Detroit 60 96
Indianapolis 320 514
Lansing 70 112

 YEARS
POPULATION  
 1970  52,317
 1980  70,038
 1990  74,768
 2000  87,904
Source:Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF 1) 100-Percent Data, 2000


WORKFORCE  
 LABOR 2000
 Total Workforce 46,150 
 Number Employed 44,225 
 Number Unemployed 1,925 
 Unemployment Rate 4.2 
Source:Michigan Employment Service Agency, 2000


CHARACTERISTICS OF LABOR FORCE  
 LABOR 1990
 Workers 16 years and over 32,031 
 Percentage who work outside of county 51.5% 
 Percentage who work at home 3.4% 
Source:U.S. Bureau of the Census, Census of Population and Housing, 1990


EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENTS  
 CLASSIFACTION 1990
 Persons 25 years of age or older 45,437 
 Percentage with high school diploma 77.6% 
 Percentage with bachelor's degree 9.35% 
Source:U.S. Bureau of the Census, Census of Population and Housing, 1990

TRANSPORTATION
ACCESS TO MARKETS
Main Highways I-69, M-24, M-53
Bus Lines Greater Lapeer Transportation Authority
Truck Lines 6
Rail Lines Grand Trunk Western; Canadian National
Ports Port Huron (35 mi-St. Clair River)
Airports Bishop International Airport (Genesee Co.); Dupont-Lapeer Airport
Airlines American, Northwest
Source: MI State Transportation Commission, 1995
 


Economy




PERSONAL INCOME (In Thousands of Dollars)
Components by Type 1996 1997 1998 1999
Personal income 1,796,378 1,898,062 2,017,976 2,129,451
Nonfarm personal income 1,794,728 1,896,705 2,015,687 2,122,376
Farm income 1,650 1,357 2,289 7,075
Population (number of persons) 85,535 86,859 88,229 89,391
Per capita personal income (dollars) 21,002 21,852 22,872 23,822
Components by Industry 1996 1997 1998 1999
Farm Earnings 1,650 1,357 2,289 7,075
Non-Farm Earnings 661,663 701,004 727,818 794,053
Private Earnings 492,705 531,129 561,127 618,891
Ag. serv., forestry, fishing, and other 9,188 9,886 11,172 12,752
Mining 3,667 4,677 6,169 5,863
Construction 55,965 65,358 72,051 78,106
Manufacturing 192,217 199,672 206,359 214,705
   Durable goods 112,368 119,164 116,289 130,167
Transportation and public utilities 21,200 22,607 24,091 30,542
Wholesale trade 14,606 14,334 16,010 17,923
Retail trade 77,420 82,480 89,087 94,924
Finance, insurance, and real estate 21,708 28,168 27,767 32,248
Services 96,734 103,947 108,421 131,828
Government and government enterprises 168,958 169,875 166,691 175,162
   Federal, civilian 7,743 7,646 8,120 8,459
   Military 2,329 2,274 2,214 2,330
   State and local 158,886 159,955 156,357 164,373
Source:Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce, Issued May 2001


EMPLOYMENT BY INDUSTRY (Number of Jobs)
Components by Type 1996 1997 1998 1999
Total Employment 31,075 31,518 31,680 32,962
Wage and Salary Employment 23,263 23,232 23,261 24,353
Proprietor's employment 7,812 8,286 8,419 8,609
Farm Employment 1,510 1,455 1,420 1,473
Non-Farm Employment 29,565 30,063 30,260 31,489
Components by Industry 1996 1997 1998 1999
Private 24,529 25,202 25,444 26,468
   Ag. serv., forestry, fishing, and other 717 762 752 788
   Mining 118 144 179 181
   Construction 2,161 2,401 2,407 2,535
   Manufacturing 6,487 6,140 6,270 6,192
   Transportation and public utilities 633 652 696 807
   Wholesale trade 592 569 589 601
   Retail trade 6,061 6,142 6,135 6,219
   Finance, insurance, and real estate 1,594 1,829 1,929 2,095
   Services 6,166 6,563 6,487 7,050
Government and government enterprises 5,036 4,861 4,816 5,021
   Federal, civilian 165 154 157 169
   Military 194 186 175 176
   State and local 4,677 4,521 4,484 4,676
Source:Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Labor, Issued May 2001

EARNING LEVELS/LABOR RATES AVERAGE HOURLY RATES
CLASSIFICATION MINIMUM* MAXIMUM
Applications Software Specialist 7.75 11.00
Assembler - Light 4.25 7.25
Drafter (CAD) 5.50 11.50
Electrician - Industrial 7.50 12.00
Electronic Technician 6.50 10.00
Forklift Operator 5.00 8.50
General Office Clerk 4.50 8.00
General Laborer 4.25 7.25
Injection Molding Machinist 4.50 8.00
Machine Operator 5.00 8.50
Machinist 6.00 10.75
Mechanical Engineer 10.25 19.50
Production Manager/Supervisor 7.75 11.00
Quality Control Technician 7.00 10.00
Sales - Non-Technical 5.00 10.00
Secretary 5.00 9.25
Tool and Die Maker 7.50 13.00
Word Processor/Typist 4.75 8.75
Source: 1996 Survey of the Michigan Employment Security Commission
*This survey was done in 1996, before the hourly minimum wage was increased to $5.15 in September 1997.

PRINCIPLE EMPLOYERS
MANUFACTURING EMPLOYERS
SIC FIRM LOCATION EMPLOYEES PRODUCT
3469 Lapeer Metal Stamping Lapeer 500 Metal stampings & assemblies
3429 Cambridge Industries Lapeer 400 Auto decorative interior; inj mold
3713 Champion Motor Coach Inc Imlay City 350 Buses
3713 Durakon Industries Inc Lapeer 300 Truck bed liners
3089 Johnson Controls Technologies Lapeer 280 IInj & blow mold auto parts
3471 Deco Plate Lapeer 250 Chrome plating
2035 Vlasic Foods Inc Imlay City 237 Pickles
3089 Metamora Products Corp Metamora 205 Plastic injection molding
3714 Ligon Brothers Manufacturing Almont 200 Automotive parts
3599 Chambers, M K Co North Branch 180 Machine shop
3089 Imlay City Plastics Imlay City 180 Underground telecom enclos.
8331 Growth & Opportunity Lapeer 175 Sheltered workshop
2531 Toyo Seat U S A Corp Imlay City 174 Seats, tops & misc hardware
3431 American Shower & Bath Lapeer 160 PVC bath. forming & extrusions
3479 Camtron Coatings Co Lapeer 150 Cathodic electro dep coat svc
3429 Berlin Industries Inc Otter Lake 142 Auto hardware subassemblies
3452 Kamax-G B DuPont LP Lapeer 135 Cold headed products
3429 Rieter Automotive/Wellington Dryden 100 Pressed die cut board prod.
3469 Howell Industries Inc Lapeer 100 Metal stampings & assemblies
3599 Rochester Gear Inc Clifford 100 Machine shop
Source: Harris Publishing Company, 1998 Industrial Directory

OTHER MAJOR EMPLOYERS
SIC FIRM LOCATION EMPLOYEES PRODUCT
8062 Lapeer Regional Hospital Lapeer 850 Health care
9431 MI Dept Mental Health Lapeer 404 Public health programs
9223 Michigan Dept Corrections Lapeer 280 Correctional institutions
5411 The Kroger Co. Lapeer 268 Grocery stores
8051 Lapeer County Med Care Facility Lapeer 230 Health care
8093 Growth & Opportunity Inc. Lapeer 146 Health services
9111 County of Lapeer Lapeer 130 services
9711 Michigan Dept Military Affairs Lapeer 110 National security
5065 PSI Telecommunications Inc. Imlay City 106 Electrical parts
4953 Waste Management of Michigan Almont 105 Refuse systems
Source: Local County Economic Development Contact


NUMBER OF ESTABLISHMENTS
Type of Service 1999
Total 1755
    Forestry, fishing, hunting, and agriculture support 3
    Mining 3
    Utilities 4
    Construction 348
    Manufacturing 135
      Food mfg 3
      Textile product mills 2
      Leather & allied product mfg 1
      Wood product mfg 10
      Paper mfg 1
      Printing & related support activities 5
      Petroleum & coal products mfg 2
      Chemical mfg 2
      Plastics & rubber products mfg 15
      Nonmetallic mineral product mfg 7
      Primary metal mfg 1
      Fabricated metal product mfg 35
      Machinery mfg 17
      Computer & electronic product mfg 3
      Electrical equip, appliance & component mfg 1
      Transportation equipment mfg 17
      Furniture & related product mfg 2
      Miscellaneous mfg 11
    Wholesale trade 69
    Retail trade 297
    Transportation & warehousing 45
    Information 24
      Publishing industries 2
      Motion picture & sound recording industries 5
      Broadcasting & telecommunications 14
      Information & data processing services 3
    Finance & insurance 72
    Real estate & rental & leasing 55
    Professional, scientific & technical services 128
    Management of companies & enterprises 2
    Admin, support, waste mgt, remediation services 94
    Educational services 11
    Health care and social assistance 143
    Arts, entertainment & recreation 21
    Accommodation & food services 108
    Other services (except public administration) 167
    Auxiliaries (exc corporate, subsidiary & regional mgt) 1
    Unclassified establishments 25
Source:U.S. Department of Commerce and Bureau of the Census, County Business Patterns, Issued May 2001


Quality of Life


EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES
PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT INFORMATION
COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENTS INSTRUCTORS HIGH SCHOOLS
Almont Almont Community Schools 1,312 65 1
Dryden Dryden Community Schools 770 35 1
Imlay City Imlay City Community Schools 2,283 97 1
Lapeer Lapeer Community Schools 8,009 348 2
North Branch North Branch Area Schools 2,477 114 1
Otisville Lakeville Community Schools 2,440 125 1
Source: MI Department of Education, 1997

TWO YEAR COLLEGES AND TECHNICAL SCHOOLS
NAME LOCATION ENROLLMENT
Mott Community College Lapeer Campus 10,469

FOUR YEAR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
NAME LOCATION ENROLLMENT
Baker College of Flint Lapeer campus 4,200
Detroit College of Business Lapeer campus 625
GMI Engineering & Management Flint (Genesee Co) 2,500
University of Michigan - Flint Flint (Genesee Co) 6,675
Source: MI Department of Education, 1996

MEDICAL FACILITIES
TYPE OF FACILITY # IN COUNTY # OF BEDS
Hospitals 1 183
Source: MI Department of Consumer and Industry Services, 1998

HOUSING (1990)  
OWNER OCCUPIED MEDIAN VALUE RENTER OCCUPIED MEDIAN RENT
19,978  $62,300  4,681  $335 
Source:U.S. Bureau of the Census, Census of Population and Housing, 1990

CLIMATE
MONTH AVG. MIN TEMP AVG. MAX TEMP.
January 13F./-11C. 29F./-2C.
July 58F./14C. 83F./28C.
PRECIPITATION RAINFALL SNOWFALL
Average Annual 34in./86cm. 48in./122cm.
GROWING SEASON DAYS ABOVE 90F/32C DAYS BELOW 0F/-18C
130 12 12
Source: NOAA Climate Summary, 1995

RECREATION
COUNTY HIGHLIGHTS
159 lakes in the area; several golf courses; 2 state parks; county parks; outdoor activities; 45 minutes from Pontiac (Detroit Lions) and the Palace of Auburn Hills (Detroit Pistons); 60 minutes from downtown Detroit; City of Lapeer Center; Alvin Norlin Swimming Pool, Imlay City; Lapeer Days; Imlay City Blueberry Festival; Almont Summerfest; Eastern Michigan Fair; museums, including Lapeer County Courthouse ( one of the 10 oldest in the U.S.)
Source: Local County Economic Development Contact


Municipal Services


UTILITIES
COMMUNITY ELECTRIC GAS
Hadley, Oregon, Marathon, Elba Consumers Power Consumers Power
Arcadia, Attica, Burlington, Burnside, Deerfield, Dryden, Detroit Edison Consumers Power
Imlay, Lapeer, Marathon, Mayfield, Metmora, North Branch,    
Clifford, North Branch Detroit Edison SEMCO
Source: Local County Economic Development Contact

TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Local Phone Companies Ameritech, GTE
Long Distance Companies AT&T, MCI, Sprint, and others
Source: Local County Economic Development Contact

LICENSED LANDFILLS
COMMUNITY OWNER/MANAGER
Burnside John Sexton Corp of Michigan
Metamora Russell Parrish
Source: MDEQ Waste Management Division, 1998

PROPERTY TAX (1997)  
Agriculture Comercial Industrial Residential Other
11.08%  9.01%  7.73%  72.13%  0.06% 
Source:MI Department of Treasury, 1997

GOVERNMENT
COMMUNITY PHONE NUMBER COMMUNITY PHONE NUMBER
Almont Twp (810) 798-8521 Arcadia Twp (810) 724-6565
Attica Twp (810) 724-8128 Burlington Twp (517) 761-7026
Burnside Twp (810) 346-3559 Deerfield Twp (810) 793-6700
Dryden Twp (810) 796-2248 Elba Twp (810) 664-2332
Goodland Twp (810) 724-6334 Hadley Twp (810) 797-4781
Imlay City (810) 724-2135 Imlay Twp (810) 724-8835
Lapeer (City of) (810) 664-2902 Lapeer Twp (810) 664-3700
Marathon Twp (810) 793-2002 Mayfield Twp (810) 664-0821
Metamora Twp (810) 678-2237 North Branch (810) 688-2785
Oregon Twp (810) 664-5971 Rich Twp (517) 843-6879
Source: Local County Economic Development Contact

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONTACT
Contact: Jay N. Schwedler
Business: Lapeer Development Corporation
Address: 449 McCormick Drive
Lapeer, MI 48446
Phone: (810) 667-0080
Fax: (810) 667-3541
*LDO's=Local Development Organizations
Source: Local County Economic Development Contact

 
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