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Pleasant Ridge, Michigan
City of Pleasant Ridge
Pleasant Ridge Historic District
Flag of Pleasant Ridge, Michigan
Official seal of Pleasant Ridge, Michigan
Location within Oakland County
Location within Oakland County
Pleasant Ridge, Michigan is located in Michigan
Pleasant Ridge, Michigan
Pleasant Ridge, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Oakland
Founded 1913
Incorporated 1921 (village)
1927 (city)
 • Type City commission
 • City 0.56 sq mi (1.46 km2)
 • Land 0.56 sq mi (1.46 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
650 ft (195 m)
 • City 2,526
 • Estimate 
 • Density 4,307.28/sq mi (1,662.51/km2)
 • Metro
4,296,250 (Metro Detroit)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 248
FIPS code 26-64900
GNIS feature ID 0635117

Pleasant Ridge is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,526 at the 2010 census. Located along the Woodward Corridor and Interstate 696, Pleasant Ridge is a northern suburb of Metro Detroit and is about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of the city of Detroit.

With a land area of 0.57 square miles (1.48 km2), Pleasant Ridge is the fifth-smallest city by land area in the state of Michigan after the cities of Sylvan Lake, Keego Harbor, Petersburg, and Clarkston.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.57 square miles (1.48 km2), all land.


Pleasant Ridge began with the subdivision of the Mayday farm by Burt Taylor in 1913. It incorporated as a village in 1921 and as a city in 1927. On December 1, 2009, the Pleasant Ridge City Council approved plans for the city's first bar. Pleasant Ridge had previously been a dry community.

The city is named after the slight ridge that ran through the city.

One of Pleasant Ridge's most popular landmarks

Pleasant Ridge was actively involved in disputing the construction of Interstate 696.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 472
1930 2,885 511.2%
1940 3,391 17.5%
1950 3,594 6.0%
1960 3,807 5.9%
1970 3,989 4.8%
1980 3,217 −19.4%
1990 2,775 −13.7%
2000 2,594 −6.5%
2010 2,526 −2.6%
2019 (est.) 2,425 −4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,526 people, 1,115 households, and 674 families living in the city. The population density was 4,431.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,711.1/km2). There were 1,153 housing units at an average density of 2,022.8 per square mile (781.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.7% White, 1.9% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 1,115 households, of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.6% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.87.

The median age in the city was 43.4 years. 20.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.4% were from 25 to 44; 32.6% were from 45 to 64; and 14.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.8% male and 49.2% female.

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