DeWitt, Michigan

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DeWitt is a city in Clinton County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 4,702 at the 2000 census.

The city is located within DeWitt Township, though it is politically independent. It is just north of Interstate 69, and just west of US 127, about 10 miles (16 km) north of downtown Lansing.



DeWitt was named after DeWitt Clinton, Governor of New York during the 1830s. It was first settled by Captain David Scott, who moved there from Ann Arbor in 1833, and platted the land.

In 1839, the city began serving as the county seat, until it was moved to St. Johns in 1857, a city several miles to the north. This caused a stagnation in the economic growth of the city.

In the early 1900s, the Lansing, St. Johns and St. Louis Railway opened the community to a new era of prosperity. In 1929, the town was incorporated as a village, and was no longer under the full jurisdiction of DeWitt Township.[3]

On October 21, 1930 a great fire swept though the downtown business district, destroying eight historic and business buildings. This included the destruction of the Clinton House/Hotel, which was a regionally famous establishment. The fire devastated the community, stagnating business growth once again. However, residential development did not slow, and thus DeWitt began its evolvement into the bedroom community that it is today.

DeWitt was incorporated into a city in 1965 as it became apparent to village officials that the needs of the community were becoming too difficult to manage under a rural government.[3]

DeWitt was ranked as the 75th best place to live in the United States by CNN Money in 2005.[4]


DeWitt is on the Looking Glass River, a tributary of the Grand River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.7 km²), of which, 2.9 square miles (7.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (3.70%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,702 people, 1,624 households, and 1,307 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,641.3 per square mile (634.8/km²). There were 1,661 housing units at an average density of 579.8/sq mi (224.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.85% White, 1.02% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.55% of the population.

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