Allen Park

Allen Park

Allen Park, city (1990 pop. 31,092), Wayne co., SE Mich., a suburb of Detroit; inc. as a city 1957. Its manufactures include motor vehicle and marine prototypes, liquor, and sheet metal. The area was settled in the early 1800s and was named after Lewis Allen, a settler from Detroit.
Allen Park is a city in Wayne County of the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 29,376. It 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 city limits. Since 2002, Allen Park has also been the practice home of the Detroit Lions, and is the site of the team headquarters.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.0 square miles (18.2 km²), all land.


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.


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/sq mi (674.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.60% White, 0.73% 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. 14.9% were of Polish, 13.8% German, 10.7% Irish, 9.7% Italian, 7.3% English and 5.5% Hungarian ancestry according to Census 2000.

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.

Allen Park's population declined 2.1% to 28,762 by 2003.

World's largest tire

Allen Park is home to the Uniroyal Tire, the world's largest tire. The tire, moved from the 1964 New York World's Fair to Allen Park in 1966, is 80 feet tall and weighs 12 tons. The tire is located off Interstate 94.


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