Allen Park, Michigan

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Allen Park, Michigan
City
Location in Wayne County and the state of Michigan
Location in Wayne County and the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°15′17″N 83°12′37″W / 42.25472°N 83.21028°W / 42.25472; -83.21028
Country United States
State Michigan
County Wayne
Government
 • Mayor William Matakas
 • Administrator John Zech
 • Emergency Financial Mgr. Joyce Parker
Area[1]
 • Total 7.05 sq mi (18.26 km2)
 • Land 7.00 sq mi (18.13 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
Elevation 594 ft (181 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 28,210
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 27,732
 • Density 4,030.0/sq mi (1,556.0/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 48101-1952
Area code(s) 313
FIPS code 26-01380
GNIS feature ID 0619983[4]
Website http://www.cityofallenpark.org/

Allen Park is a city in Wayne County in the State of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,210. The suburb of Detroit was recognized in Money Magazine's list of America's Best Small Cities.[5] Allen Park is part of the collection of communities known as Downriver.

Ford Motor Company is an integral part of the community. Many of the company's offices and facilities lie within the city limits. Since 2002, Allen Park is the practice home of the Detroit Lions and is also the site of the team's headquarters.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.05 square miles (18.26 km2), of which, 7.00 square miles (18.13 km2) of it is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.[1]

History[edit]

Allen Park was incorporated as a village in 1927, and as a city in 1957.[6] It was named after Lewis Allen, a well-to-do lawyer and lumberman whose 276½ acres of land (primarily in Ecorse Township) included holdings in what are now Allen Park and Melvindale.[6] Hubert Champaign and Edward Pepper were two other early residents of the area.[6]

In 1950 Allen Park did not include the part of the city directly west of Melvindale, Michigan. This area was still part of Ecorse Township.[7]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 944
1940 3,487 269.4%
1950 12,329 253.6%
1960 37,494 204.1%
1970 40,747 8.7%
1980 34,196 −16.1%
1990 31,092 −9.1%
2000 29,376 −5.5%
2010 28,210 −4.0%
Est. 2012 27,732 −1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
2012 Estimate[9]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 28,210 people, 11,580 households, and 7,606 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,030.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,556.0 /km2). There were 12,206 housing units at an average density of 1,743.7 per square mile (673.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.9% White, 2.1% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 2.0% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.1% of the population.

There were 11,580 households of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.3% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% 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 3.02.

The median age in the city was 41.7 years. 21.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.8% were from 25 to 44; 28.5% were from 45 to 64; and 17.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 29,376 people, 11,974 households, and 8,202 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,189.7 per square mile (1,618.0/km²). There were 12,254 housing units at an average density of 1,747.7 per square mile (674.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.6% White, 0.7% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.81% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.21% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.73% of the population. There were 11,974 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $51,992, and the median income for a family was $63,350. Males had a median income of $50,143 versus $31,168 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,980. About 1.9% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[edit]

Former Mayor Gary Burtka resigned unexpectedly on May 31, 2011 due to a recently diagnosed cancer.[10] The former mayor had been under criticism for the failed attempt at securing a movie studio for Allen Park, the purchase of land for the failed studio, and the announcement of a dismantling of the Allen Park Fire Department. As of his departure the APFD has remained unchanged due to overwhelming support from the community.[citation needed]

A new mayor and council were elected in November 2011. Bill Matakas won the race for the top seat. The council members elected were Bob Keenan, Angelo DeGuilo, Dennis Hayes, Harry Sisko, Larry Templin and Tina Gawercki.

After a state review team recommended an emergency financial manager (under public act 72) for the City, Governor Rick Snyder appointed Joyce Parker to the position. Parker, who was appointed emergency financial manager for the City of Ecorse in 2009 and the Highland Park school district earlier this year, will continue her role with Ecorse as she takes over Allen Park, but she will no longer serve over the Highland Park district. [11]

Education[edit]

Most of Allen Park is within the Allen Park School District. The district has three elementary schools: Arno, Lindemann, and Bennie. Allen Park Middle School, Allen Park High School, and Allen Park Community School.

Northern Allen Park is within the Melvindale-Northern Allen Park Public Schools. Rogers Early Elementary School is within Allen Park.[12]

Private schools in Allen Park include Inter-City Baptist School and St. Frances Cabrini Catholic High School.

World's largest model tire[edit]

Main article: Uniroyal Giant Tire

42°16′14″N 83°12′33″W / 42.27057°N 83.20907°W / 42.27057; -83.20907

Allen Park is home to the Uniroyal Giant Tire, the largest non-production tire scale model ever built, and one of the world's largest roadside attractions.[13][14] Originally a Ferris wheel at the 1964 New York World's Fair, the structure was moved to Allen Park in 1966.

World Series of Bowling[edit]

In 2009, the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) announced that Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park would be the primary site for the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling. This unique event featured the first seven tournaments of the PBA's 2009-10 season all contested in the same area. One tournament (Motor City Open) was contested in nearby Taylor, MI, while the other six (including the PBA World Championship) took place at Thunderbowl. The 2009 events ran August 2-September 6, with the televised finals being taped by ESPN on September 5–6.[15]

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Coordinates: 42°15′27″N 83°12′40″W / 42.25750°N 83.21111°W / 42.25750; -83.21111