Utica is a city in Macomb County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 4,757 at the 2010 census. Utica boasts a small historic district centered on Cass Avenue and Auburn Road, but few of the buildings predate 1906 due to destructive fires in 1905 and 1906. Click here for facts about Sterling Heights, MI.
The city now known as Utica was platted by Joseph Stead in 1829, who preferred to call it “Harlow.” Others referred to the city as “Hog’s Hollow” or “McDougalville,” until a few years later, it was finally named Utica by settlers from New York, in honor of the city of the same name in that state. This was common among immigrants in this region. It is reflected in nearby cities such as Rochester and Troy, named New York cities. By the 1940s, Utica was the center of an area of dairy farms and truck gardens. It had a flour mill and shipped rhubarb. Dodge Park, a few miles south on the Clinton River, was a state park. Click here to read about Troy, Michigan is an Excellent Place to Raise Family.
Utica Community Schools operates public schools, including Utica High School, Eppler Junior High School, Flickinger Elementary School, and Wiley Elementary School. They serve the communities of Sterling Heights, Utica, and Shelby Township.