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Lapeer is a city in the U.S. state of Michiganmarker and is the county seat of Lapeer Countymarker. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 9,072. Most of the city was incorporated from land that was formerly in Lapeer Townshipmarker, though portions were also annexed from Mayfield Townshipmarker and Elba Townshipmarker. The city government is politically independent of all three townships. Lapeer is located in southern Michigan, east of Flintmarker, on the Flint River. The name is an Americanization of the French la pierre, which means 'flint' or 'flint stone'. (See List of Michigan county name etymologies.)


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of , all land. It is considered to be part of the Thumb of Michiganmarker, which in turn is a subregion of the Flint/Tri-Cities.

Parks and trails

For the past 16 years, Lapeer has been a Tree City USA, and has many parks throughout the city, including along the riverside. The parks include a paved foot path that winds through some of the parks, through wooded areas, and across ponds.

Parks In Lapeer Include:
  • Anrook Park
  • Rotary Park
  • Cramton Park
  • Audubon Park

Notable features

Adjacent to Lapeer's downtown business district on Nepessing Street, is the Piety Hill Historic District, 29 properties that are largely nineteenth-century dwellings; one-sixth of the buildings are churches. A significant number of the structures are Greek Revival in style, dating from the 1830s through the 1850s.

The city is also home to many other historical buildings, including the old Lapeer County Courthouse, which was built in 1846, and is the oldest in the state. When this was written, the courthouse was used for one hearing per year, so that the courthouse would remain Michigan's oldest functioning courthouse. It has been preserved as a historic landmark. Some of the other historic buildings include the old post office, several churches, City Hall, the Pix Theatre, and the Marguerite DeAngeli Library.

Lapeer Days

Every August Lapeer is host to the annual Lapeer Days Festival, which typically includes a parade, carnival attractions, agricultural and craft displays, a classic car show, music, and food. The festival, started in 1901, began as a one day event. It has grown to span 5 days, and in 1999 between 125,000 and 150,000 people attended. The event is held downtown with Nepessing street, and adjacent streets and parking lots, being closed off to through traffic for the duration of the event.


As of the census of 2000, there were 9,072 people, 3,443 households, and 1,979 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,635.5 per square mile (631.1/km²). There were 3,658 housing units at an average density of 659.5/sq mi (254.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.91% White, 5.95% African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.09% from other races, and 1.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.33% of the population.

There were 3,443 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.3% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.5% were non-families. 36.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 36.5% from 25 to 44, 17.1% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 106.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,526, and the median income for a family was $42,872. Males had a median income of $36,731 versus $24,552 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,608. About 8.5% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.3% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.

Most Common Employment:Manufacturing 26.4%Educational, Health 24.5%Retail 10.3%

Unemployment Rate:3.3% (2000 Census)

Average Commute Timefor City Residents: 26.8 minutesGrowth Rate:16.9% (10th highest in Michigan for comparable cities)


Public schools in the Lapeer area are served by Lapeer Community Schools.

High schools

Elementary and middle schools

  • Zemmer Middle School
  • Mayfield Elementary School
  • Maple Grove Elementary School
  • Turrill Elementary School
  • Irwin Elementary School
  • Elba Elementary School
  • Chatfield School
  • C.K. Schickler Elementary School
  • Elva Lynch Elementary School
  • Seaton Elementary School
  • Roland-Warner Middle School

Private schools

  • St Paul Lutheran School
  • Bishop Kelley Catholic School
  • Montessori Children's Center



Major highways

Interstates: Michigan highways:

Rail and bus

Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Lapeer, operating its Blue Water daily in both directions between Chicagomarker and Port Huronmarker.

Greater Lapeer Transportation Authority (GLTA) is the local public bus system serving Lapeer and the surrounding area.



See also: 'Thumb Radio

The thumb area is an unranked radio area. Local radio in Lapeer includes WLCOmarker AM, WQUSmarker FM, and WMPC AM.


  • WNFR 90.7 FM, Port Huron, Christian Radio
  • WIDLmarker 92.1 FM, Caro
  • WBGV 92.5 FM, Marlette, Today's Best Country
  • WQUSmarker 103.1 FM, Lapeer,
  • WCZE 103.7 FM Harbor Beach / WHYT 88.1 FM Imlay City, Smile FM


  • WMIC 660 AM, Sandusky, The Thumb's Information Station (Daytime Only)
  • WMPC 1230 AM, Lapeer, Gospel Radio 1230
  • WLCOmarker 1530 AM, Lapeer, Real Country (Daytime Only)



Lapeer is in the market; Lapeer also receives most stations from the market. Charter Communications in Lapeer carry most Detroit channels and most major Flint/Tri-Cities channels.


Lapeer Dragway is a drag stip frequented by many Detroitmarker-area hot rodders since the closing and subsequent demolishing of Detroit Dragway.

Notable residents


  1. Michigan county names per Michigan Arts and History.
  2. Tour the Piety Hill Historic District, Driving/Walking Tours, City of Lapeer, Michigan
  3. Michigan: Lapeer Days
  4. WMIC

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