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Melvindale, Michigan
City of Melvindale
Oakwood Boulevard and Hanna Street
Oakwood Boulevard and Hanna Street
The Little City with a Big Heart
Location within Wayne County
Location within Wayne County
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Country United States
State Michigan
County Wayne
Incorporated 1924 (village)
1933 (city)
 • Type Mayor–council
 • Total 2.75 sq mi (7.13 km2)
 • Land 2.73 sq mi (7.06 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
587 ft (179 m)
 • Total 12,851
 • Density 4,673.1/sq mi (1,802.4/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 313
FIPS code 26-52940
GNIS feature ID 0632086

Melvindale is a city in Wayne County of the U.S. state of Michigan. At the 2020 census, the city population was 12,851.


Melvindale began as the unincorporated settlement of Oakwood Heights in the northwestern part of Ecorse Township in the early 1920s. The subdivision was designed to house workers from the nearby Ford River Rouge Plant in the city of Dearborn. The city was named after one of the original developers of the settlement, Melvin Lerch. Part of Oakwood Heights was annexed by the city of Detroit in 1922, and the remainder was incorporated as the village of Melvindale the same year. In 1933, the village incorporated as a city.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.76 square miles (7.15 km2), of which 2.72 square miles (7.04 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 4,053
1940 4,764 17.5%
1950 9,483 99.1%
1960 13,089 38.0%
1970 13,862 5.9%
1980 12,322 −11.1%
1990 11,216 −9.0%
2000 10,735 −4.3%
2010 10,715 −0.2%
2020 12,851 19.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

As of the census of 2020, there were 12,851 people living in Melvindale, this was an increase from the city's population of 10,715 in the 2010 census, and the first time since the 1970 census that the city's recorded population increased. The population density was 4,673.1 inhabitants per square mile (1,804.3/km2).

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 10,715 people, 4,420 households, and 2,601 families living in the city. The population density was 3,939.3 inhabitants per square mile (1,521.0/km2). There were 4,918 housing units at an average density of 1,808.1 per square mile (698.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 76.8% White (66.6% non-Hispanic white), 11.3% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 6.4% from other races, and 3.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.3% of the population.

There were 4,420 households, of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.4% were married couples living together, 17.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 6.5% had a male householder with no wife present. 35.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11% 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 3.17.

The median age in the city was 36.5 years. 24.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.2% were from 25 to 44; 26.6% were from 45 to 64; and 11.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.


Melvindale-Northern Allen Park Public Schools serves Melvindale. Melvindale High School is the district's high school.

In 2005 the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit announced that St. Mary Magdalen Elementary School in Melvindale would close.

Notable people

  • Al Cicotte, baseball player
  • Mickey Goodwin, light-heavyweight boxer
  • Raymond Kalisz, Roman Catholic bishop
  • Mike Jolly, played football at the University of Michigan and for the Green Bay Packers
  • Jessica Smith, 2014 Olympic speed skater

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