Utica is a city in Macomb County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 4,757 at the 2010 census. 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 of settlers in this region, and is reflected in the names of nearby cities such as Rochester and Troy that are also named for New York cities. By the 1940s, Utica was the center of a region 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.
As the 1950s progressed, Detroit auto companies began to build factories in neighboring Sterling and Shelby Townships and the surrounding area began a transformation to an industrial economy. 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. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.74 square miles (4.51 km2), of which 1.71 square miles (4.43 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.Utica is bordered to the south by Sterling Heights and to the north by Shelby Charter Township.
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