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Gibraltar, Michigan
City of Gibraltar
City of Gibraltar Municipal Complex
City of Gibraltar Municipal Complex
Location within Wayne County
Location within Wayne County
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Country United States
State Michigan
County Wayne
Settled 1811
Incorporated 1954 (village)
1961 (city)
 • Type Mayor–council
 • City 4.41 sq mi (11.42 km2)
 • Land 3.69 sq mi (9.55 km2)
 • Water 0.72 sq mi (1.87 km2)
581 ft (177 m)
 • City 4,656
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,225.66/sq mi (473.25/km2)
 • Metro
4,285,832 (Metro Detroit)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48173 (Rockwood)
48183 (Trenton)
Area code(s) 734
FIPS code 26-32020
GNIS feature ID 0626782
Gibraltar Road, Gibraltar MI
Gibraltar Street intersection

Gibraltar is a city in Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 4,656 at the 2010 census.

Gibraltar is a southern city of Metro Detroit and is about 12 miles (19.3 km) south of the city of Detroit. The city is bordered by the Detroit River to the east, the city of Trenton to the north, and the township of Brownstown to the south and west.


The city is named after Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula at the entrance of the Mediterranean.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.41 square miles (11.42 km2), of which 3.78 square miles (9.79 km2) is land and 0.63 square miles (1.63 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 2,196
1970 3,842 75.0%
1980 4,458 16.0%
1990 4,297 −3.6%
2000 4,264 −0.8%
2010 4,656 9.2%
2020 4,997 7.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,656 people, 1,946 households, and 1,283 families living in the city. The population density was 1,231.7 inhabitants per square mile (475.6/km2). There were 2,217 housing units at an average density of 586.5 per square mile (226.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.7% White, 2.0% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.

There were 1,946 households, of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.2% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.1% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the city was 41.4 years. 22% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.9% were from 25 to 44; 31.1% were from 45 to 64; and 14.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.9% male and 50.1% female.


Public education is provided by the Gibraltar School District, serving all of Gibraltar, all of Rockwood, portions of Woodhaven, and portions of Brownstown Township. The school district operates these schools in Gibraltar:

  • Parsons Elementary School
  • Shumate Middle School
  • Carlson High School
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