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Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Dearborn Heights is a city in Wayne County, in the Detroit metropolitan area, in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 58,264 at the 2000 census.

Background

Dearborn Heights was incorporated from the two discontinuious sections of Dearborn Township and a quarter-mile connecting strip of land from the village of Inkster. Incorporation petitions were filed on Friday, March 4, 1960, while Inkster officials delivered their petitions for incorporation on Monday, March 7, 1960. The residents approved Dearborn Heights incorporation on an election held June 20, 1960, which is the official date of incorporation. Inkster filed a lawsuit that was not finally resolved until the Michigan Supreme Court handed down a decision favorable to Dearborn Heights on April 8, 1963.

Dearborn Heights is considered a bedroom community.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.7 square miles (30.4 km²), all land. The southern portion of the city is in the watershed of the north branch of the Ecorse Creek (also known as Ecorse River). The area surrounding the Ecorse is subject to flooding. The northern portion of the city is in the Rouge River watershed.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 58,264 people, 23,276 households, and 15,781 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,973.1 per square mile (1,919.4/km²). There were 23,913 housing units at an average density of 2,041.1/sq mi (787.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.64% White, 2.12% African American, 0.37% Native American, 2.24% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.81% from other races, and 2.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.39% of the population. 19.8% were of Polish, 12.3% German, 8.8% Arabic, 8.3% Italian, 8.0% Irish and 5.3% English ancestry according to Census 2000. 82.1% spoke English, 6.6% Arabic, 2.3% Polish, 2.1% Spanish, 1.5% Italian and 1.0% Macedonian as their first language.

There were 23,276 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $48,222, and the median income for a family was $54,392. Males had a median income of $45,226 versus $29,234 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,829. About 4.4% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.5% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.

Dearborn Heights population declined 1.5% to 57,373 by 2003.

Dearborn Heights Tax Increment Finance Authority

Since TIFA's establishment in 1986, many successful projects have prevailed, including the new Justice Center and JFK Library. The Dearborn Heights Tax Increment Finance Authority is a community service office branched out of the State of Michigan and the City of Dearborn Heights. The goal is to encourage economic revitalization and historic preservation. The TIFA district can be viewed by the district map found at www.tifadh.com. TIFA remains established to continue efforts in elevating the standard of living for all residents of the district.

Property Availability List
A property availability list (PAL list) is regularly updated on the TIFA website. It is a comprehensive list of all commercial and industrial parcels for sale in the district, which includes property specifications and contact information for the appropriate real estate agent. The goal of the property availability list is not to promote or advocate businesses, but rather to avoid vacancies and assist in the occupancy of commercial buildings in the district.

Programs
The Business Improvement Program was also launched in June 2008. It is a grant program designed to assist business owners in the TIFA district who wish to improve structural or exterior deterioration of their buildings.

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