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Garden City, Michigan
City of Garden City
Garden City City Hall
Garden City City Hall
Location within Wayne County
Location within Wayne County
Garden City, Michigan is located in Michigan
Garden City, Michigan
Garden City, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Wayne
Incorporated 1927 (village)
1933 (city)
 • Type Mayor–council
 • City 5.86 sq mi (15.18 km2)
 • Land 5.86 sq mi (15.18 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
633 ft (193 m)
 • City 27,692
 • Estimate 
 • Density 4,504.18/sq mi (1,739.19/km2)
 • Metro
4,285,832 (Metro Detroit)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48135, 48136
Area code(s) 734
FIPS code 26-31420
GNIS feature ID 0626632

Garden City is a city in Wayne County of the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 27,692. The city is part of the Metro Detroit region and is approximately 10 miles (16.1 km) west of the city of Detroit. M-153 (Ford Road) runs east–west through the center of the city.


Downtown Garden City Michigan Welcome Sign
Downtown Garden City Welcome Sign

The origins of Garden City started with the transfer of the property to John Lathers from Andrew Jackson for 160 acres (0.65 km2) in October 1835. The city was patterned after the "garden city" concept that became popular in England during the 19th century, with most home sites sectioned off into 1-acre (4,000 m2) plots to allow adequate farming area to support the family with fruit and vegetables. Now, most sites are considerably smaller, some as small as 40 feet by 135 feet, with little room for gardening of fruits and vegetables, though the city maintains some large lots where an extra street has not been placed between two of the older streets, such as between some parts of Bock Street and John Hauk Street where Donnelly Avenue does not cut through.

In June 1927, Garden City became a village, with Arnold Folker as Village President. Six years later the village became the city of Garden City. Areas of interest in Garden City include the first Kmart store (opened 1962 and still in use; though scheduled to close in early 2017), the first Little Caesars (still in use), and the first dine-in McDonald's in Michigan. The honeymoon cottage of Henry Ford and his wife, Clara Jane Bryant, was moved here from Dearborn in 1952.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.87 square miles (15.20 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 2,081
1940 4,096 96.8%
1950 9,012 120.0%
1960 38,017 321.8%
1970 41,864 10.1%
1980 35,640 −14.9%
1990 31,846 −10.6%
2000 30,047 −5.6%
2010 27,692 −7.8%
2019 (est.) 26,408 −4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
Former Arnold Folker residence built in late 1920s when he was first Garden City Village President

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 27,692 people, 10,894 households, and 7,383 families living in the city. The population density was 4,717.5 inhabitants per square mile (1,821.4/km2). There were 11,616 housing units at an average density of 1,978.9 per square mile (764.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.5% White, 3.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.3% of the population.

There were 10,894 households, of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.2% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.2% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.07.

The median age in the city was 39.9 years. 22.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.5% were from 25 to 44; 28.6% were from 45 to 64; and 14% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.


The main source of education for Garden City is their school district, Garden City School District, which includes four elementary schools, one middle school, one public high school which also houses a performing arts center and a swimming pool, an alternative education high school called Cambridge High School. During the baby boom, a second high school was constructed, Garden City West High School, with teams called the Tigers. At that time, Garden City High School, whose teams had the name the Panthers, was renamed Garden City High School - East. After the census at both schools declined, Garden City West became Garden City Middle School with the four middle schools from the baby boom being dissolved. These middle schools were Burger, Radcliff, Vogel, and Cambridge. Burger Middle School became Burger School for Students with Autism, which has since been demolished and moved from its former site to Inkster, while still being under the authority of Garden City Public Schools. Radcliff Middle School became a satellite campus for Schoolcraft College (which has since been dissolved but still stands). The former middle school and Schoolcraft campus is located directly next to the current Garden City Middle School. Vogel has since been razed, while Cambridge now serves as the districts alternative high school. After dissolution of the two high schools, Garden City East resumed the name Garden City High School, with teams now called the Cougars. Tipton Academy, a charter school serving grades PK-7, is also located in Garden City.

St. Raphael Catholic School in Garden City closed in 2016.

Schoolcraft College, a college based in nearby Livonia, has a satellite campus near Garden City Middle School.

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