Inkster, Michigan

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Inkster, Michigan
City
City of Inskter
Michigan Avenue at Beech Daly Road, facing west
Location in Wayne County and the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°17′33″N 83°18′51″W / 42.29250°N 83.31417°W / 42.29250; -83.31417Coordinates: 42°17′33″N 83°18′51″W / 42.29250°N 83.31417°W / 42.29250; -83.31417
CountryUnited States
StateMichigan
CountyWayne
Settled1835
Incorporation1926 (village)
1964 (city)
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorHilliard Hampton
 • City ManagerAnn Capela
Area[1]
 • Total6.25 sq mi (16.19 km2)
 • Land6.25 sq mi (16.19 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation623 ft (190 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total25,369
 • Estimate (2012[3])24,962
 • Density4,059.0/sq mi (1,567.2/km2)
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code48141
Area code(s)313, 734
FIPS code26-40680[4]
GNIS feature ID0629039[5]
Websitehttp://www.cityofinkster.com/
 
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Inkster, Michigan
City
City of Inskter
Michigan Avenue at Beech Daly Road, facing west
Location in Wayne County and the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°17′33″N 83°18′51″W / 42.29250°N 83.31417°W / 42.29250; -83.31417Coordinates: 42°17′33″N 83°18′51″W / 42.29250°N 83.31417°W / 42.29250; -83.31417
CountryUnited States
StateMichigan
CountyWayne
Settled1835
Incorporation1926 (village)
1964 (city)
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorHilliard Hampton
 • City ManagerAnn Capela
Area[1]
 • Total6.25 sq mi (16.19 km2)
 • Land6.25 sq mi (16.19 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation623 ft (190 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total25,369
 • Estimate (2012[3])24,962
 • Density4,059.0/sq mi (1,567.2/km2)
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code48141
Area code(s)313, 734
FIPS code26-40680[4]
GNIS feature ID0629039[5]
Websitehttp://www.cityofinkster.com/

Inkster is a city in Wayne County, Michigan, United States. At the 2010 census, the city population was 25,369.[6] It is one of the few Metro Detroit suburbs whose population is majority African American.

History[edit source | edit]

The area was originally inhabited by Native Americans, but was settled by non-indigenous people in 1825. A post office named "Moulin Rouge" was established there in December 1857. Robert Inkster, a Scotsman born March 27, 1828, in Lerwick, Shetland,[7] operated a steam sawmill on present-day Inkster Road near Michigan Avenue in the early 1860s.

The post office was renamed Inkster in July 1863. The village had a station on the Michigan Central Railroad by 1878. It incorporated as a village in 1926 from parts of Nankin Township and Dearborn Township. After much legal wrangling by the city of Dearborn, Dearborn Township, and the village of Inkster to sort out final borders for these communities, Inkster was incorporated as a city in 1964.[8][9]

Geography[edit source | edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.25 square miles (16.19 km2), all land.[1]

Demographics[edit source | edit]

Historical populations
CensusPop.
19304,440
19407,04458.6%
195016,728137.5%
196039,097133.7%
197038,595−1.3%
198035,190−8.8%
199030,772−12.6%
200030,115−2.1%
201025,369−15.8%
Inkster City Hall

2010 census[edit source | edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 25,369 people, 9,821 households, and 6,175 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,059.0 inhabitants per square mile (1,567.2 /km2). There were 11,647 housing units at an average density of 1,863.5 per square mile (719.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 20.5% White, 73.2% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.7% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.6% of the population.

There were 9,821 households of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 25.7% were married couples living together, 30.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.1% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.24.

The median age in the city was 34.2 years. 27.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.4% were from 25 to 44; 24.8% were from 45 to 64; and 11.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.

2000 census[edit source | edit]

At the 2000 census[4], there were 30,115 people, 11,169 households and 7,460 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,808.1 per square mile (1,857.4/km²). There were 12,013 housing units at an average density of 1,918.0 per square mile (740.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 28.7% White, 67.51% African American, 0.41% Native American, 3.42% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.74% from other races, and 2.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.60% of the population.

There were 11,169 households, of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.0% were married couples living together, 26.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.26.

Age distribution was 29.8% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.2 males.

The median household income was $35,950, and the median family income was $41,176. Males had a median income of $37,986 versus $26,567 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,711. About 15.2% of families and 19.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.8% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives and residents[edit source | edit]

Education[edit source | edit]

Most of Inkster is within the Inkster Public Schools district. A large portion is within the Wayne-Westland Community Schools district.[10] The remaining areas are served by Westwood Community Schools and the Taylor School District.

As of Summer 2013, the Inkster Public Schools district was entirely dissolved. The remaining 1,480 will be evenly split up between the Taylor, Romulus, Wayne-Westland and Westwood districts.

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008. 
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Inkster, Michigan
  6. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Inkster city, Michigan". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  7. ^ "City of Inkster, Wayne County, Michigan". Michigan American Local History Network. Archived from the original on February 17, 2005. Retrieved November 21, 2006. 
  8. ^ "History". DearbornAreaLiving.com. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  9. ^ Romig, Walter (1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X. 
  10. ^ http://wwcsd.net/assets/pdfs/maps/entiredistrict.pdf

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