Center Line, Michigan

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Center Line, Michigan
City
City of Center Line
Motto: "Out of the past into the future"[1]
Macomb County Michigan Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Center Line Highlighted.svg
Coordinates: 42°28′45″N 83°1′28″W / 42.47917°N 83.02444°W / 42.47917; -83.02444
Country United States
State Michigan
County Macomb
Settled 1837
Incorporated (village) 1925
Incorporated (city) 1936
Government
 • Mayor David Hanselman
Area[2]
 • Total 1.74 sq mi (4.51 km2)
 • Land 1.74 sq mi (4.51 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 620 ft (190 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 8,257
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 8,252
 • Density 4,745.4/sq mi (1,832.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 48015
Area code(s) 586
FIPS code 26-14320[5]
GNIS feature ID 0622981[6]
Website City of Center Line, Michigan

Center Line is a city in Macomb County in the U.S. state of Michigan, surrounded entirely by the city of Warren. The population was 8,257 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Center Line was known as Kunrod's Corner during the mid-nineteenth century.[7] The French named it Center Line because it was the middle of three Potowatomi trails from Fort Detroit to northern trading posts.[8] In 1863, the first general store was constructed by Joeseph Buechel.[8] On July 19, 1878, Hieronymous Engelmann was the first postmaster, and he was succeeded in 1885 by Sophia Buechel.[8] The "Centre Line" post office closed on July 31, 1906, and the name was restored to Center Line thereafter. The village was incorporated in 1925 in the center of Warren Township, which is now the City of Warren, and as a city in 1936.[8]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.74 square miles (4.51 km2), all of it land.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 2,604
1940 3,198 22.8%
1950 7,659 139.5%
1960 10,164 32.7%
1970 10,379 2.1%
1980 9,293 −10.5%
1990 9,026 −2.9%
2000 8,531 −5.5%
2010 8,257 −3.2%

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 8,257 people, 3,632 households, and 1,988 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,745.4 inhabitants per square mile (1,832.2 /km2). There were 3,920 housing units at an average density of 2,252.9 per square mile (869.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 82.5% White, 12.0% African American, 0.4% Native American, 2.5% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 3,632 households of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.0% were married couples living together, 17.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 45.3% were non-families. 40.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 3.01.

The median age in the city was 41.2 years. 21.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.1% were from 25 to 44; 27.5% were from 45 to 64; and 17.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.1% male and 53.9% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 8,531 people, 3,821 households, and 2,074 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,912.6 per square mile (1,893.0/km²). There were 3,916 housing units at an average density of 2,255.0 per square mile (869.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.82% White, 3.09% African American, 0.25% Native American, 1.01% Asian, 0.26% from other races, and 1.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.51% of the population.

There were 3,821 households out of which 24.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.8% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.7% were non-families. 40.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 22.4% who were 65 years of age or older.[9] The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 81.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,677, and the median income for a family was $47,241. Males had a median income of $39,947 versus $26,487 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,066. About 10.6% of families and 13.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.9% of those under age 18 and 14.4% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture[edit]

Annual events[edit]

  • The Center Line Annual Picnic in the Park and Fireworks Show is held on the Tuesday before the 4th of July at Memorial Park.[10]

Historical markers[edit]

Two recognized Michigan historical markers are at:

  • St. Clement Catholic Church[11][12]
  • St. Clement Catholic Cemetery[11][13] The earliest burial dates from March 27, 1854. Interred there are many of Macomb County's earliest settlers and notable families, including Groesbeck and Schoenherr. Hieronymus Englemann, Center Line's first post master, and Joseph Buechel, proprietor of the first general store, are also buried here.[11][14]

Other relevant markers are nearby in surrounding Warren.[11]

Education[edit]

Residents are zoned to schools in Center Line Public Schools.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit operates the St. Clement Catholic Elementary School in Center Line.[15] The archdiocese operated St. Clement High School in Center Line. It closed in 2005.[16]

Infrastructure[edit]

Main highways[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "City of Center Line, Michigan". City of Center Line, Michigan. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  4. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "City of Center Line, Michigan". City of Center Line, Michigan. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d Romig, Walter (1986). Michigan Place Names. Walter Romig. p. 107. 
  9. ^ Metzger, Kurt R. "The Elderly Aren't Just in Florida Anymore" (PDF). Center for Urban Studies, Director, Michigan Metropolitan Information Center (MIMIC). Wayne State University. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  10. ^ City of Center Line official website.
  11. ^ a b c d "Michigan Historical Markers". The Michigan Historical Marker Web Site. MichMarkers.com. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  12. ^ "St. Clement Catholic Church". The Michigan Historical Marker Web Site. MichMarkers.com. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  13. ^ "St. Clement Catholic Church Cemetery". The Michigan Historical Marker Web Site. MichMarkers.com. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  14. ^ St. Clements Cemetery
  15. ^ "St. Clement Catholic Elementary Center Line[dead link]." Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit. Retrieved on April 29, 2011.
  16. ^ "15 Catholic Schools To Close In Metro Detroit[dead link]." Click on Detroit. March 17, 2005. Retrieved on October 7, 2011.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°29′06″N 83°01′40″W / 42.48500°N 83.02778°W / 42.48500; -83.02778