When reviewing data from across the country in cities with a population of 100,000 to 250,000, it clearly illustrates the most common practice is 4-year terms for both the Mayor and City Council. For example, as illustrated in the chart above, out of 96 communities surveyed, 92% of the City Council had 4-year terms compared to only 8% that had 2-year terms. The same is true for mayoral terms where 79% had 4-year terms and only 21% had 2-year terms.
U.S. Cities at Large and Ward
When communities of any size nationwide are considered, the vast majority have 4-year terms compared to 2-year terms as illustrated in the charts above.
Comparable Michigan Cities
Michigan data mirrors national data for larger communities. For example, the following chart illustrates that of Sterling Heights’ 10 comparable cities, which include Warren, Ann Arbor, Livonia, Southfield, Farmington Hills, Lansing, Dearborn, Troy and Grand Rapids, 80% have 4-year terms for City Council compared to only 20% for 2-year terms. The same is true for Mayor, where 80% have 4-year terms compared to only 20% for 2-year terms.
Comparable Macomb County Cities
In Macomb County, most cities have 4-year terms for their City Council and Mayor. The chart above illustrates that 90% have 4-year terms for City Council compared to 10% for 2-year terms. Once again, the same is true for Mayor where 60% have 4-year terms and 40% for 2-year terms.