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Redford Township, Michigan
Charter township
Charter Township of Redford
Redford Township Hall
Redford Township Hall
Location of Redford Charter Township, Michigan
Location of Redford Charter Township, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Wayne
Area
 • Total 11.2 sq mi (29.1 km2)
 • Land 11.2 sq mi (29.1 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 627 ft (191 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 48,362
 • Density 4,318/sq mi (1,661.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 48239-48240
Area code(s) 313
FIPS code 26-67625
GNIS feature ID 1626960
Website http://www.redfordtwp.com/

Redford Township is a charter township in Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan and a suburb of Detroit. The population was 48,362 at the 2010 census.

History

Springwells Township and Bucklin Township were formally organized and laid out by gubernatorial act on April 12, 1827. Due to postal regulations prohibiting two post offices having the same name, when a township was subdivided unique names had to be found. The Bucklin name was extinguished when it was split on October 29, 1829, along what is today Inkster Road into Nankin Township (west half) and Pekin Township (east half), named as a result of a wave of interest in China. In March 1833 Pekin was renamed Redford and the southern half became Dearborn Township on April 1. The name Redford was chosen because Indians and pioneers forded the River Rouge where the river runs through Redford. "Rouge" is French for "red."

The township used to go all the way to Greenfield Road, but in the 1920s the eastern portions of the township were annexed by Detroit. This annexation ceased in 1926 when the township was given "charter" status by the Michigan legislature.

Redford is the site of Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School, whose hiring practices spurred the 2012 Supreme Court Case Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Redford is also the site of the first Fretter's electronics store.

Redford is the site of Cloud City Studios, where the band Walls of Jericho recorded their debut album, From Hell.

Geography

Redford Township is a western suburb of Detroit. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 11.2 square miles (29 km2), all land. The middle branch of the River Rouge flows through the Lola Valley Park in the township. Ashcroft creek, another branch of the Rouge River flows for about a half mile in the southeastern corner of the township before entering Detroit's Rouge Park and then into the main branch of the Rouge. Tarabusi Creek of the Bell Branch, another branch of the Rouge River, flows through Western Golf Club and Bell Creek Park.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 3,834
1940 6,867 79.1%
1950 18,940 175.8%
1960 71,276 276.3%
1970 71,901 0.9%
1980 58,441 −18.7%
1990 54,387 −6.9%
2000 51,662 −5.0%
2010 48,362 −6.4%
Est. 2015 47,389 −2.0%

2010 census

In 2010 Redford Township had a population of 48,362. The ethnic and racial makeup of the population was 64.7% white, 28.7% African-American, 0.8% Asian, 2.3% reporting more than one race, 0.6% reporting other races (apparently including those who reported being Native American and being Pacific Islander as well as those who just marked the other box) and 2.9% Hispanic or Latino of any race. The African-American population increased by about 200% between 2000 and 2010, while the overall population of the township declined by 6%.

Population trends

The U.S. Census Bureau also defined Redford Township as a census-designated place (CDP) in the 2000 Census so that the community would appear on the list of places (like cities and villages) as well on the list of county subdivisions (like other townships). The final statistics for the township and the CDP were identical.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 51,622 people, 20,182 households, and 13,582 families residing in the township. The population density was 4,597.4 per square mile (1,774.8/km²). There were 20,605 housing units at an average density of 1,835.1 per square mile (708.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 87.98% White, 8.54% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.02% of the population.

There were 20,182 households out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the township the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 34.0% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.9 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $49,522, and the median income for a family was $56,461. Males had a median income of $41,923 versus $29,987 for females. The per capita income for the township was $22,263. About 3.2% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.0% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.

As of the census of 2010, there were 48,362 people, 19,148 households, and 12,387 families residing in the township. The population density was 4,597.4 per square mile (1,774.8/km²). There were 20,739 housing units at an average density of 1,835.1 per square mile (708.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 66.4% White, 28.9% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.8% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.

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