Charlotte, Michigan

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Charlotte (pronounced /ʃɑrˈlɒt/, shar-lot) is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 8,389. It is the county seat of Eaton County[3].

Charlotte is in the central portion of the county, on the boundary between Eaton Township and Carmel Township, though politically independent of both. Interstate 69 serves the city, and connects it to the state capital of Lansing. It is located 21.5 miles (34.6 kilometers) from downtown Lansing.



Charlotte incorporated as a village on October 10, 1863 and as a city on March 29, 1871. It was designated as the county seat when Eaton County was organized in 1837; however, due to a lack of population and buildings, county functions were conducted at Bellevue until 1840. The city's name was reportedly that of early land-owner Edmond B. Bostwick's wife.


Charlotte is situated on gently rolling prairie. The Battle Creek River has its northern bend in the south part of the city, entering from the southeast and exiting to the southwest. The northern part of the city is part of the Thornapple River watershed. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.0 square miles (15.5 km²), of which, 6.0 square miles (15.5 km²) of it is land and 0.17% is water.

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