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Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan
City of Grosse Pointe Woods
Robert E. Novitke Municipal Center
Robert E. Novitke Municipal Center
Official seal of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan
Urbis Magna Pulchritudine
Location within Wayne County
Location within Wayne County
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Country United States
State Michigan
County Wayne
Incorporated 1927 (village)
1950 (city)
 • Type Council–manager
 • City 3.24 sq mi (8.40 km2)
 • Land 3.24 sq mi (8.39 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
584 ft (178 m)
 • City 16,135
 • Estimate 
 • Density 4,730.64/sq mi (1,826.58/km2)
 • Metro
4,285,832 (Metro Detroit)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip code(s)
48230, 48236
Area code(s) 313
FIPS code 26-35580
GNIS feature ID 0627468

Grosse Pointe Woods is a city in Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 16,135 at the 2010 census.

The city is a northeastern suburb of Metro Detroit and shares a small southern border with the city of Detroit. It is part of the Grosse Pointe collection of cities and the only one without a waterfront on Lake St. Clair.


While initially settled over a century ago, much of the city in its current form was built in the middle of the 20th century, particularly around and just after World War II, distinguishing Grosse Pointe Woods from older portions of Grosse Pointe.

The city was originally incorporated as the Village of Lochmoor in 1927 from the last unincorporated portion of Grosse Pointe Township. The village annexed the Stanhope-Allard strip of land from what was then Gratiot Township in 1931. The village changed its name from Lochmoor to Grosse Pointe Woods in 1939, but didn't incorporate as a city until 1950.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.25 square miles (8.42 km2), all land. It is the only one of the five Grosse Pointes with no Lake St. Clair shoreline, although the city owns a park in neighboring St. Clair Shores that is on the lake.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 961
1940 2,805 191.9%
1950 10,381 270.1%
1960 18,580 79.0%
1970 21,878 17.8%
1980 18,886 −13.7%
1990 17,715 −6.2%
2000 17,080 −3.6%
2010 16,135 −5.5%
2020 16,487 2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 16,135 people, 6,416 households, and 4,681 families living in the city. The population density was 4,964.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,916.8/km2). There were 6,819 housing units at an average density of 2,098.2 per square mile (810.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.4% White, 4.5% African American, 0.1% Native American, 2.4% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 6,416 households, of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.0% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.0% were non-families. 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.01.

The median age in the city was 45.1 years. 23.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20% were from 25 to 44; 32.4% were from 45 to 64; and 17.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.


Grosse Pointe Woods is one of five Pointes in the Grosse Pointe area adjacent to Detroit. These include Grosse Pointe Shores, as well as Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Farms and the city of Grosse Pointe.

  • Public elementary schools: Ferry, Mason, and Monteith


Primary and secondary schools

Grosse Pointe Woods is served by the Grosse Pointe Public Schools. Three public elementary schools are in the city limits and serve the city limits: Ferry, Mason, and Monteith. Most residents are zoned to Parcells Middle School in Grosse Pointe Woods, while some areas to the southwest are zoned to Brownell Middle School in Grosse Pointe Farms. All residents are zoned to Grosse Pointe North High School in Grosse Pointe Woods.

University Liggett School is in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Our Lady Star of the Sea School, a private Catholic K-8 school, is in the community. It first opened in 1958. Our Lady Star of the Sea High School, a girls' school, opened in 1959. When the high closed in 1993, the middle school began using the building.

Public libraries

The Grosse Pointe Public Library operates the Woods Branch in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Notable people

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