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Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan
Village of Grosse Pointe Shores, A Michigan City
Grosse Pointe Shores City Hall
Grosse Pointe Shores City Hall
Official seal of Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan
Location within Macomb County (top) and Wayne County (bottom)
Location within Macomb County (top) and Wayne County (bottom)
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Country United States
State Michigan
Counties Macomb and Wayne
Incorporated 1911 (village)
2009 (city)
 • Type Mayor–council
 • City 19.08 sq mi (49.41 km2)
 • Land 1.11 sq mi (2.88 km2)
 • Water 17.96 sq mi (46.53 km2)
581 ft (177 m)
 • City 3,008
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,510.33/sq mi (968.85/km2)
 • Metro
4,285,832 (Metro Detroit)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 313
FIPS code 26-82453
GNIS feature ID 2398212

Grosse Pointe Shores is a city in Macomb and Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 3,008 at the 2010 census.

Grosse Pointe Shores was incorporated as a village in 1911 and was part of Grosse Pointe Township in Wayne County and Lake Township in Macomb County. Both townships became defunct with the village incorporated as a city in 2009. It is a northeastern suburb of Metro Detroit and is the northernmost city included into the Grosse Pointe area. Located along the shores of Lake St. Clair, the city is well known as the location of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House and the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club.


Grosse Pointe Shores was incorporated as a village in 1911. The village incorporated as a city in 2009. In 2011, the city government stated that it is considering trying to move all of the city into Macomb County, since Macomb County has lower taxes than Wayne County.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.23 square miles (49.81 km2), of which 1.15 square miles (2.98 km2) is land and 18.08 square miles (46.83 km2) is water, (part of Lake St. Clair).


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 519
1930 621 19.7%
1940 801 29.0%
1950 1,032 28.8%
1960 2,301 123.0%
1970 3,042 32.2%
1980 3,122 2.6%
1990 2,955 −5.3%
2000 2,823 −4.5%
2010 3,008 6.6%
2019 (est.) 2,794 −7.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,008 people, 1,201 households, and 911 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,615.7 inhabitants per square mile (1,009.9/km2). There were 1,350 housing units at an average density of 1,173.9 per square mile (453.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.8% White, 1.9% African American, 0.3% Native American, 3.8% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population.

There were 1,201 households, of which 24.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.0% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 24.1% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the city was 52.2 years. 19.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 14.2% were from 25 to 44; 33.5% were from 45 to 64; and 27.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.1% male and 49.9% female.


The city lies within two separate school districts.

The portion in Wayne County is within the Grosse Pointe Public School System. Residents of the GPPSS area are divided between Ferry Elementary School and Monteith Elementary School, and all residents of that section are zoned to Parcells Middle School and Grosse Pointe North High School; all of these schools are in Grosse Pointe Woods.

The portion of the community in Macomb County is within the South Lake School District.

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