(formerly East Detroit
) is a city
in Macomb County
of the U.S. state
. As of the 2000 census
, the city population was 34,077. Eastpointe forms a part of the Metro Detroit
Eastpointe is the birthplace of astronaut Jerry M. Linenger
The community was first settled by Irish and German immigrants in the 1830s. In October 1897, a Post Office was established there with the name of "Half-way", as it was near the halfway point of the stage run between downtown Detroit
and the Macomb County seat at Mount Clemens
. It incorporated as the village of Halfway
in December 1924 and reincorporated as the City of East Detroit
in January 1929. The city changed its name to "Eastpointe" after a vote in 1992; the name change had been proposed to remove any perceived association with the adjacent city of Detroit
; the "-pointe" is intended to associate the city instead with the nearby exclusive communities of the Grosse Pointes
. Prior to 1924, most of the community formed a part of Erin Township.
The city's school district was unaffected by the municipal name change, and still is called East Detroit Public Schools. It has one high school (East Detroit High School), one alternative high school, two middle schools, six elementary schools and one early childhood center. East Detroit Public Schools serves Macomb County residents, whose primary district boundaries encompass the City of Eastpointe and the southeastern portion of the City of Warren.
Eastpointe is a Michigan home-rule city and operates under the council-manager form of government.
The city's mayor and four council members are elected at large to four-year staggered terms, and Suzanne Pixley is the current Mayor of Eastpointe (November 2007).
Darwin Parks was appointed by the city council in August 2006 to serve as city manager.
Eastpointe has many summer festivals and events, including Erin-Halfway Days Living History Festival held at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park in late July (http://www.erin-halfwaydays.org), Music in the Park Wednesday nights at Spindler Park, and Summer Fest, formerly known as The Ox Roast, mid to late August at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park.
Originally owned and operated by Eastpointe natives Robert and Patricia Zatelli, Z's Penny Candy has filled the tummies of sweet toothed children and adults alike with their confectionary treats for over 27 years. It is located on Stephens Rd., one block west of John F. Kennedy Memorial Park.
Eastpointe is generally considered to be a bedroom community. It is nevertheless a relatively short drive from many other points of interest in the Detroit area. It is served by I-94 and I-696, as well as Gratiot Avenue, 8 Mile Road, and 9 Mile Road
According to the United States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of 5.1 square miles
), all land.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 34,077 people, 13,595 households, and 8,959 families residing in the city. The population density
was 6,678.8 per square mile (2,579.8/km²). There were 13,965 housing units at an average density of 2,737.0/sq mi (1,057.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.13% White
, 4.70% African-American
, 0.42% Native American
, 0.87% Asian
, 0.01% Pacific Islander
, 0.27% from other races
, and 1.61% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 1.33% of the population.
There were 13,595 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.11.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 32.3% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $46,261, and the median income for a family was $54,895. Males had a median income of $41,449 versus $28,095 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,665. About 4.2% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.5% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.
- Eastpointe History, City website retrieved January 20, 2006
- Romig, Walter. ''Michigan Place Names. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1986.