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Situated in west-central Macomb County, the City of Utica, Michigan is about twelve miles north of Detroit and five miles northwest of Mount Clemens.

Bordered to the south by Sterling heights and to the north by Shelby Charter Township, Utica is in the northern Detroit Metro Region.

The Clinton River flows through the western portion of the city.

M-53 and M-59 (Hall Road) intersect in the southern part of the city. Other routes include Auburn Road, Canal Road, Clinton River Road, Schoenherr Road, Shelby Road, and Utica Road. Cities and villages within twenty miles of Utica include Sterling Heights, Rochester Hills, Fraser, Rochester, Mt. Clemens, Roseville, Troy, Center Line, Warren, Auburn Hills, Clawson, Madison Heights, Pontiac, Romeo, Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, Hazel Park, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak, Ferndale, Detroit, Hamtramck, Lake Angelus, Berkley, New Haven, New Baltimore, St. Clair Shores, Huntington Woods, Oak Park, Sylvan Lake, Keego Harbor, Lake Orion, and Highland Park.

The first European-American settlers in the area that would later become Utica was Nathaniel Squires and his wife, Jemima. They came in May of 1817, and built a cabin at a point of high ground where the river and two Native American trails crossed. By the end of that summer, others had come, and the new settlement was known variously as Hog Hollow or McDougalville until Joseph Stead platted and recorded it as Harlow in November of 1829.

After the English relinquished control of the area to the United States, Gordon C. Leech suggested the community be renamed Utica, as Harlow was the name of an English town, and several settlers had come from Utica, New York.

A post office was established on June 17, 1836, with William Smith as the first postmaster. In March of 1838, Utica became one of the first half-dozen Michigan towns to incorporate as a village. In 1837, the village was reincorporated with a small land area, so that certain farm properties could enjoy lower township taxes.

Early economic activity in Utica involved the Clinton River and the later abandoned Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal, intended to connect Lake St. Clair with Lake Michigan. Authorized by Michigan Governor Stevens Thomson Mason in 1837, construction of the canal began in 1838 but, due largely to the Panic of 1837, and in part to engineering miscalculations, only thirteen miles of the canal were completed before activity ceased in 1843. Boats were able to run from Utica to Frederick, but the canal quickly fell into disrepair after construction ended, and a portion of the canal was used to power watermills that operated until the 1940s. The Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

Utica was a station stop on the Michigan Central Railroad's Detroit to Bay City branch, and the city is still served by Conrail Shared Assets. In the early 1900s, the MC Railroad had an agent-operator at the Utica station around-the-clock.

In the early years of Utica, the Wildcat Bank of Utica was organized, and a large, three-story Railroad Hotel was built. Apart from farming, one of the first industries in Utica was the manufacture of pickets by William (Picket) Smith, who was also the postmaster.

In 1904 and 1905, fires swept through the village, destroying much of the business district, including the hotel and several homes.

Charles Ward built a power house on the bank of the canal basin that furnished Utica with electric power in 1905. The waterwork was built in 1926, gas mains in 1930, and a sewer system in 1937. On August 20, 1937, Utica was incorporated as a city.

In 2020, Utica had a population of 5,245, down from its peak population of 5,657 in 2010.

Single-family homes make up about twenty percent of the total land area in Utica, while about five percent of the land in the city is utilized by multi-family homes. Between thirty-five and forty percent of the city's land area is commercial, and industrial land makes up about three percent.

The City of Utica maintains four parks, comprising forty-three acres, including Heritage Park, Memorial Park, Grant Park, and the Utica Recreation Area. With the exception of Grant Park, each of these have frontage along the Clinton River.

Utica Community Schools provides a public K-12 curriculum to students in the City of Utica, most of Shelby Township, the northern part of Sterling Heights, and portions of Macomb, Ray, and Washington townships. UCS operates twenty-five elementary schools, seven junior high schools, and four high schools, although only two of the schools are within the city limits.

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