grosse pointe farms

Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan

Grosse Pointe Farms is a suburban city bordering Detroit located in Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 9,764 at the 2000 census. It is bordered by Grosse Pointe on the west, Detroit on the north, Grosse Pointe Woods and Grosse Pointe Shores on the northeast, and Lake St. Clair on the south and east. Lakeshore Drive begins in Grosse Pointe Farms, where, just east of Fisher Rd., the eastbound driver or pedestrian on Jefferson Ave. descends to lake level, following the curvature of the lakefront to the northeast.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.3 square miles (31.9 km²). 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²) of it is land and 9.6 square miles (24.9 km²) of it is water (part of Lake St. Clair). The total area is 78.10% water.

The Farms has a more varied topography and streetscape than the other southern Grosse Pointes. While Grosse Pointe and Grosse Pointe Park are built on a standard street grid and are basically flat, Grosse Pointe Farms is split between a continuation of the same grid, with many cross-streets flowing from Detroit into the other Grosse Pointes and then into the Farms, and irregular, curving street paths with some cul-de-sac streets. Furthermore, a low but noticeable ridge, likely a dune or beach ridge from when Lake Saint Clair was at a higher water level, runs through the center of the city. The Farms also contains the 'point' in Grosse Pointe, where, just east of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, there is a large bend in the lakeshore, such that those on land face east, instead of south, as they do closer to the entrance of the Detroit River.


As of the census of 2000, there were 9,764 people, 3,804 households, and 2,868 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,618.8 per square mile (1,396.3/km²). There were 3,937 housing units at an average density of 1,459.2/sq mi (563.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.58% White, 0.65% African American, 0.11% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.11% of the population.

There were 3,804 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.8% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.6% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 3.6% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $100,153, and the median income for a family was $109,264. Males had a median income of $87,108 versus $53,241 for females. The per capita income for the city was $54,846. About 1.5% of families and 2.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 1.4% of those age 65 or over.

Noted residents

Meg White of The White Stripes was born in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Seth Anderson of Love Arcade is currently residing in Grosse Pointe Farms.


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