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Overview of Fenton

Conveniently located in lower mid-Michigan, the prime location has easy access to the U.S. 23 expressway. Residents are also in an ideal spot to reach Detroit, Ann Arbor, Flint and Lansing in an hour. This opens up the doors for residents to see world-class entertainment, professional sporting events and attend cultural programs virtually whenever they please. Since the finding of the community, the boundaries of Fenton have significantly increased, making way for more people to relocate to the city.

Since 1995, Fenton has experienced a housing and business boom with the construction of single-family homes, a large commercial shopping center and apartment complexes built to meet the needs of growing trends in the rental industry. Fenton apartments for rent are becoming increasingly popular as more people are realizing the potential for an ideal lifestyle in the community. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, residents steadily flowed into Fenton between 1990 and 2002, and the population has remained steady at about 11,600 residents today.

Living in Fenton, MI

In 1834, Clark Dibble happened to stumble upon the White Lake Trail while he was traveling through the wilderness from Shiawassee to Grumlaw, now known as Grand Blanc. When he turned to the north he found a spot on the Shiawassee River where several Indian tribes lived together. Attracted to the beauty of the land, Dibble stayed in the area to examine the conditions of the land, and brought back several families with him to settle there. Named Dibbleville, the community consisted of only a small group of people, two small homes and a saw mill built along the riverside. After the land was platted in 1839, more settlers came to the area that was at the center of five well-traveled trails.

Legend has it that the name Fenton came from the winner of a card game in 1837. During the 1850s, the railroad reached Fenton, which was the last stop on the tracks. This allowed the community to prosper as a commercial and transportation center. By 1863, the village of Fenton was incorporated, and it became a city in 1909.

Today, the history lives on in the historical downtown center. The Shiawassee River flows over a dam and into the park in the center of town creating a true picturesque community.

Fenton Work and Study

It's no surprise that one of the leading industries in Fenton is automotive, since Fenton is so close to Detroit. Some of the top employers in Genesee County include General Motors, Genesys Regional Medical Center, Flint Metal Fab and Delphi Automotive Systems.

Students living in apartments in Fenton have several options to earn a higher education degree nearby. Oakland University, University of Michigan-Flint, Macomb Community College, Eastern Michigan University and Baker College are all located just a short drive away.

Rentals in Fenton, MI and Cost of Living

Living in Fenton is very reasonably priced considering the quaint community and prime location. According to Best Places, the overall cost of living is 6 points lower than the national average, food is 3 points lower and utilities are 2 points higher. Similarly, the average cost of rentals in Fenton is fairly low. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, the median gross rent is $740.

Fenton Attractions and Special Events

The downtown center of Fenton is an attraction in its own. While maintaining historical charm, the city center park is a perfect location for an afternoon lunch, family photos or sunbathing. Featuring an old-fashioned gazebo and walkway along the river, residents can enjoy the scenery for hours. The various lakes, forests and parks offer exquisite outdoor recreation that isn't usually found in a city center.

The tight-knit community of Fenton hosts many events year-long, including the Freedom Festival, Taste in Fenton, St. John Parish Applefest, An Event So Good It's Scary and Jinglefest! are among the most popular events. In Fenton, these events aren't separated by age groups and offer something special for anyone young and old.

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