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Fenton is a charter township in Genesee County, in the Flint metro area.
The community was named Fenton after William M. Fenton, who became lieutenant-governor of Michigan. One tradition claims that Fenton won the right to name the township in a poker game.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Michigan named Fenton. For links to other places called Fenton, MI, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Fenton is 42.834N. The longitude is -83.752W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 869 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 12,968.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Fenton demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Genesee County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 48436 ZIP code.
20% of Fenton residents report German ancestry, and 14% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Fenton ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Fenton was $31,560, compared with $21,587 nationally.
33% of Fenton residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Fenton, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $579. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,319.
Genesee County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Fenton political report.
The average commute time for Fenton workers is 29 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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