Allen Park, Michigan facts for kids
|Allen Park, Michigan|
Location in Wayne County and the state of Michigan
|• Total||7.05 sq mi (18.26 km2)|
|• Land||7.00 sq mi (18.13 km2)|
|• Water||0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)|
|Elevation||594 ft (181 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||27,732|
|• Density||4,030.0/sq mi (1,556.0/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0619983|
Allen Park is a middle class suburb in central Wayne County, Michigan. The city is known for its tree-lined streets, brick houses, and the Fairlane Green Shopping Center that opened in 2006. At the 2010 census, the population was 28,210. The suburb of Detroit was once recognized in Money Magazine's list of America's Best Small Cities. Allen Park is part of the collection of communities known as Downriver.
Ford Motor Company is an integral part of the community. Many of the company's offices and facilities lie within the city limits. Since 2002, Allen Park is the practice home of the Detroit Lions and is also the site of the team's headquarters.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.05 square miles (18.26 km2), of which 7.00 square miles (18.13 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.
- I-75 runs through the southeast corner of Allen Park between Goddard Road and the Lincoln Park border.
- I-94 runs through the northern portion of Allen Park between Pelham Road and the Rouge River.
- M-39, Southfield Road, is an eight-lane boulevard that travels in a northwest/southeast direction between the Lincoln Park border and I-94. It becomes the Southfield Freeway and curves to the northeast after the I-94 interchange.
- Goddard Road - an east-west mile road that is the boundary between Allen Park and Southgate between Allen Road and Old Goddard Road.
- Old Goddard Road - an east-west road that is the boundary between Allen Park and Southgate between Goddard Road and Fordline Street.
- Allen Road - a north-south road between Pelham Road and Outer Drive.
- Pelham Road - a north-south mile road that is the boundary between Allen Park and Taylor between Allen Road and Van Born Road.
- Ecorse Road - an east-west mile road between Allen Road and Pelham Road
- Van Born Road - an east-west mile road that is the boundary between Allen Park and Dearborn Heights between Pelham Road and the Southfield Freeway.
- Outer Drive - an east-west road between the Southfield Freeway and the border of Lincoln Park. It serves as a boundary between Allen Park and Melvindale between the border of Lincoln Park and I-94.
- Oakwood Boulevard - a north-south road between the Southfield Freeway and I-94.
Other Roads of Note
- Fordline Street - a north-south half mile road (residential street) that is the boundary between Allen Park and Lincoln Park between Moran Road and Old Goddard Road.
- Champaign Road - an east-west half mile road (residential street) between Pelham and Allen roads. The street falls off grid between Allen Road and the Lincoln Park border.
- Wick Road - an east-west mile road (residential street) between Pelham Road and Vine Street. It is interrupted at the CN Railroad, just east of Pelham Road. It becomes a small residential boulevard east of Reeck Road.
- Reeck Road - a north-south half mile road (residential street) between Goddard Road and Allen Road.
Fairlane Green, also known as "The Hill", is a shopping center located on a large hill between Outer Drive, I-94, Southfield Freeway, and Oakwood Boulevard. It is built on top of the former location of Veterans Administration Hospital. In 1937, Henry and Clara Ford donated 38 acres at the corner of Southfield and Outer Drive for use as a Veterans Administration hospital. Ground-breaking ceremonies for the hospital were held on July 27, 1937, with Henry Ford in attendance. Major additions to the original hospital were made after WWII and during the 1960s. The Allen Park Veterans Administration Medical Center was sometimes referred to as the Dearborn VA Hospital. It was a long time landmark that was both beautiful and interesting in its architecture. The Allen Park VA hospital was deemed eligible for the National Register of Historic Places on Jan. 6, 1981 but in spite of this fact' it was demolished in 2004.
Allen Park was incorporated as a village in 1927, and as a city in 1957. It was named after Lewis Allen, a well-to-do lawyer and lumberman whose 276½ acres of land (primarily in Ecorse Township) included holdings in what are now Allen Park and Melvindale. Hubert Champaign (for whom Champaign Park is named) and Edward Pepper were two other early residents of the area.
In 1950 Allen Park did not include the part of the city directly west of Melvindale; that area was still part of Ecorse Township.
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2010, there were 28,210 people, 11,580 households, and 7,606 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,030.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,556.0/km2). There were 12,206 housing units at an average density of 1,743.7 per square mile (673.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.9% White, 2.1% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 2.0% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.1% of the population.
There were 11,580 households of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.3% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.02.
The median age in the city was 41.7 years. 21.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.8% were from 25 to 44; 28.5% were from 45 to 64; and 17.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 29,376 people, 11,974 households, and 8,202 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,189.7 per square mile (1,618.0/km²). There were 12,254 housing units at an average density of 1,747.7 per square mile (674.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.6% White, 0.7% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.81% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.21% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.73% of the population. There were 11,974 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the city, the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $51,992, and the median income for a family was $63,350. Males had a median income of $50,143 versus $31,168 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,980. About 1.9% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.
World's largest model tire
Allen Park is home to the Uniroyal Giant Tire, the largest non-production tire scale model ever built, and one of the world's largest roadside attractions. Originally a Ferris wheel at the 1964 New York World's Fair, the structure was moved to Allen Park in 1966.
World Series of Bowling
In 2009, the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) announced that Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park would be the primary site for the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling. This unique event featured the first seven tournaments of the PBA's 2009-10 season all contested in the same area. One tournament (Motor City Open) was contested in nearby Taylor, MI, while the other six (including the PBA World Championship) took place at Thunderbowl. The 2009 events ran August 2-September 6, with the televised finals being taped by ESPN on September 5–6. Thunderbowl Lanes has hosted additional PBA tournaments since that time, including the five-event PBA Fall Swing in September, 2016.
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