Flint is the epitome of a blue collar town, with much of the area's economy a result of General Motors plants. As the third largest city in Michigan, Flint has approximately 125,000 residents. The area is made up of several neighborhoods, distinctive by name and economic composition.
Known for having a history rooted in the car and labor industry, Flint is home to the Alfred P. Sloan Museum, focusing on Flint's manufacturing history; and the Labor Museum and Learning Center of Michigan, which features guided tours on the exhibits tracing the evolution and history of the labor industry. One of the more synonymous attractions to Flint is the GM Truck and Bus Flint Assembly Plant which offers guided tours of the birthplace of the Corvair and manufacturer of the Chevy.
Flint is home to several colleges and museums. Kettering University, Baker College and a satellite branch of the University of Michigan are all located in Flint along with several other community colleges. The Flint Institute of Arts is the state's second largest art museum, with over 5,000 pieces of art including paintings, sculpture and mixed media.
Flint has several art galleries, a planetarium with multimedia and laser shows, and the For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum. This nature habitat features prairies, meadows and woodlands representing various tree and shrub specimen as well as bird viewings and animal displays.
Flint is located about sixty miles northwest of Detroit, in what is known as the "thumb" of Michigan in the eastern central region.