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Statistics and Facts of Wyandotte Michigan
Wyandotte was once a swamp before everything started. Incorporated as a city in 1867, the site where Wyandotte sits today was in the 1700s a village for the Native American tribe known as the Wyandot or Wendat, part of the Huron nation. It was from here in 1763 that Chief Pontiac plotted his attack on Detroit. The center of the village was near modern-day Eureka Avenue and Oak Street.
In 1818, the Wyandot signed a treaty with the U.S. government relinquishing this land, moving to an area near Flat Rock, Michigan, then to Ohio, Kansas and finally Oklahoma. The name somewhat lives on as Wyandotte County, Kansas.
One of the first white settlers to come to Wyandotte in the years after the Native Americans left was John Biddle, a Pennsylvania-born former Army Major who fought in the War of 1812 (and later went on to a prolific political career, serving as mayor of Detroit, delegate from the Territory of Michigan in the U.S. Congress, president of the Michigan Central Railroad, member and later speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives and one-time candidate for Michigan Governor (West Jefferson Boulevard, which runs from downtown Detroit south to Monroe County is named renamed Biddle Avenue within Wyandotte city limits.)
Biddle purchase a 2,200-acre plot near modern Biddle Avenue and Vinewood Avenue in 1835 and created a farm he called “The Wyandotte.” He sold the plot in 1854 to Eber Ward of the Eureka Iron Co. for $44,000. In 1864, he took iron ore from Upper Peninsula and smelted it into iron in huge furnaces which came to be known as Bessemer steel mills, the first in the nation. In 1865, the process created steel rails and allowed an explosion of iron-related businesses to open in the region. As a result, Detroit soon became a major center of iron production, especially for use in stoves (Wyandotte was home to several companies as well, including the Regeant Stove Co.) It would be this technology that would give Henry Ford from nearby Dearborn the capabilities to create large amounts of steel for his automobile assembly lines.
A Eureka representative named John Van Alstyne laid out a master plan for the city in the late 1850s. In 1867, Wyandotte became a city, with Van Alstyne as mayor (a street along Wyandotte’s Detroit River is named after him).
Eureka Iron Works prospered through the late 1800s, but suffered a shortage of raw materials. It closed in 1892, but not before Wyandotte became a major hub in the chemical production industry, possible because of the many salt mines deep below the city.
An early figure was Capt. John Baptiste Ford, who used the salt to create soda ash, which in turn was used to create plate glass. In 1893, he created Michigan Alkali Company, which created baking soda, soda ash and lye. The company, later renamed Wyandotte Chemicals Co., went on to create a variety of soaps and cleaners, and eventually became part of BASF and expanded into the BASF industrial complex.
Ward also help create Wyandotte’s shipbuilding role, which existed from the 1870s into the 1920s. During that time, a wide variety of boats were created along Wyandotte’s riverbank, from steamers and tugs to huge ferries. In 1873, Ward’s Wyandotte Iron Ship Building Works built the nation’s earliest steel-hulled vessel, a tug called the Sport.
In the 1920s well into the 1950s, Wyandotte was also a major center of toy production. The Wyandotte Toy Co., officially the All Metal Products Company, created an array of metal toys including cars, planes and boats.
Wyandotte’s Bishop Park used to have a dock to board the Boblo Boat ferry to Boblo Island.
Today, much of the industry has disappeared. An notable exception is BASF Wyandotte.
Notable people From Wyandotte
Lucille Ball, actress who lived in the city as a child.
Michelle Belaskie, actress.
Susan Cygan, actress, born in Wyandotte, grew up in Windsor, Ontario, worked with Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, now resident in London
Aaron Diaz, science popularizer and creator of the comic Dresden Codak
Amy Hayes, boxing announcer and fashion model.
Charles Hendrix, actor.
Bob Kuzava, baseball pitcher.
Lee Majors, actor most noted as The Six Million Dollar Man.
Thomas McGuane, novelist known for such works as Ninety-Two in the Shade and husband of actress Margot Kidder.
Valerie Meachum, actress.
Dave Preston, actor and production designer.
Garrett Shatzer, film composer.
The city holds its annual on Biddle Avenue. It is the second largest such event in Michigan, behind the Ann Arbor Street Art Fairs, and draws artists and exhibitors from across the United States.
On the third Friday of each month, there is a celebration in Downtown Wyandotte, referred to as Third Friday. There is usually a theme, such as Mardi Gras, 50’s, or Christmas. There are often live bands and other entertainment in the street. There are free trolley rides, horse and carriage rides, and most businesses are open late.
Wyandotte is a sister city to Komaki, Japan, and each year delegates from Komaki come to Wyandotte to tour the city.
Population in July 2007: 25,622. Population change since 2000: -6.0%
Males: 12,552 (49.0%)
Females: 13,070 (51.0%)
Median resident age: 38.0 years
Michigan median age: 35.5 years
Zip codes: 48192.
Estimated median household income in 2007: $45,557 (it was $43,740 in 2000)
Estimated median house or condo value in 2007: $146,434 (it was $102,600 in 2000)
Mean prices in 2007: All housing units: $155,667; Detached houses: $151,850; Townhouses or other attached units: $213,325; In 2-unit structures: $185,054; In 3 to 4-unit structures: $222,339; In 5 to 9-unit structures: $363,227; Mobile homes: $27,333
2008 cost of living index in Wyandotte: 86.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Ancestries: Polish (22.5%), German (21.9%), Irish (17.5%), English (9.0%), French (8.5%), Italian (8.4%).
Land area: 5.31 square miles. Population density: 4829 people per square mile (average).
For population 25 years and over in Wyandotte
High school or higher: 79.7%
Bachelor’s degree or higher: 12.7%
Graduate or professional degree: 3.9%
Mean travel time to work: 23.0 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Wyandotte city
Never married: 27.2%
Now married: 49.9%
1,013 residents are foreign born (1.9% Europe, 0.8% North America, 0.5% Asia).
This city: 3.6%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Wyandotte: 1.6% ($1,636)
Michigan: 1.3% ($1,461)
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Taylor, MI (7.2 miles , pop. 65,868).
Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Detroit, MI (13.0 miles , pop. 951,270).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (311.4 miles , pop. 2,896,016).
Nearest cities: Southgate, MI (2.5 miles ), Lincoln Park, MI (2.7 miles ), Riverview, MI (2.9 miles ), Ecorse, MI (3.1 miles ), Allen Park, MI (4.6 miles ), River Rouge, MI (4.7 miles ), Trenton, MI (5.1 miles ), Melvindale, MI (5.2 miles ).
Latitude: 42.21 N, Longitude: 83.16 W
Daytime population change due to commuting: -2,609 (-9.3%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 2,697 (20.2%)
Area code: 734
Population change in the 1990s: -2,638 (-8.6%).
Unemployment in September 2007:
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in 2006: 48 (37 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here: 1.44
US city average: 3.00
Hospitals/medical centers in Wyandotte:
HENRY FORD WYANDOTTE HOSPITAL (2333 BIDDLE AVE)
SELECT SPECIALTY HOSPITAL-WYANDOTTE (2333 BIDDLE AVENUE)
Other hospitals/medical centers near Wyandotte:
OAKWOOD HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER (about 3 miles; DEARBORN, MI)
CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF MICHIGAN (about 3 miles; DETROIT, MI)
DETROIT REC HOSP & UNIV HLTH CENTER (about 3 miles; DETROIT, MI)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Wyandotte:
DETROIT METROPOLITAN WAYNE COUNTY (about 13 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DTW)
DETROIT CITY (about 18 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DET)
WILLOW RUN (about 25 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: YIP)
Other public-use airports nearest to Wyandotte:
GROSSE ILE MUNI (about 9 miles; DETROIT/GROSSE ILE, MI; ID: ONZ)
COBO HALL (about 12 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: 84G)
WICKENHEISER (about 20 miles; CARLETON, MI; ID: W87)
Amtrak stations near Wyandotte:
8 miles: DEARBORN (16121 MICHIGAN AVE.). Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand.
9 miles: GREENFIELD VILLAGE (DEARBORN, 20900 OAKWOOD BLVD.)
13 miles: DETROIT (11 W. BALTIMORE AVE.). Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand, public transit connection.
Operable nuclear power plant near Wyandotte:
18 miles: Fermi 2 in Newport, MI.
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Wyandotte:
WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY (about 3 miles; DETROIT, MI; Full-time enrollment: 20,389)
MARYGROVE COLLEGE (about 3 miles; DETROIT, MI; FT enrollment: 5,301)
WAYNE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT (about 3 miles; DETROIT, MI; FT enrollment: 4,414)
UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT MERCY (about 3 miles; DETROIT, MI; FT enrollment: 4,119)
DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY-EASTERN REGION-DEARBORN (about 7 miles; DEARBORN, MI; FT enrollment: 2,247)
HENRY FORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 10 miles; DEARBORN, MI; FT enrollment: 6,572)
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DEARBORN (about 10 miles; DEARBORN, MI; FT enrollment: 5,574)
Public high school in Wyandotte:
Roosevelt High School (Students: 1404; Location: 540 EUREKA AVENUE; Grades: 9 – 12)
Private high school in Wyandotte:
OUR LADY OF MT CARMEL H S (Students: 100; Location: 2609 TENTH; Grades: 9 – 12)
Public elementary/middle schools in Wyandotte:
Woodrow Wilson School (Students: 698; Location: 1275 15TH STREET; Grades: 7 – 8)
Jefferson Elementary School (Students: 393; Location: 1515 15TH STREET; Grades: KG – 6)
Washington Elementary School (Students: 390; Location: 1440 SUPERIOR BOULEVARD; Grades: KG – 6)
Garfield Elementary School (Students: 371; Location: 340 SUPERIOR BOULEVARD; Grades: KG – 6)
Taft Elementary School (Students: 369; Location: 891 GODDARD ROAD; Grades: KG – 6)
Monroe Elementary School (Students: 345; Location: 1501 GROVE STREET; Grades: KG – 6)
Mckinley Elementary School (Students: 317; Location: 640 PLUM STREET; Grades: KG – 6)
Madison School (Location: 2101 GROVE STREET; Grades: – )
Jo Brighton Skills Center School (Location: 4460 18TH STREET; Grades: – )
The Lincoln Center School (Location: 4460 1/2 18TH STREET; Grades: – )
Private elementary/middle schools in Wyandotte:
OUR LADY OF MT CARMEL SCHOOL (Students: 208; Location: 2609 TENTH; Grades: KG – 8)
WYANDOTTE CATHOLIC CONSOLIDATE (Students: 176; Location: 3051 FOURTH STREET; Grades: KG – 8)
ST STANISLAUS KOSTKA SCHOOL (Students: 164; Location: 240 ANTOINE; Grades: PK – 8)
TRINITY LUTHERAN SCHOOL (Students: 73; Location: 465 OAK STREET; Grades: KG – 7)
Library in Wyandotte:
BACON MEMORIAL DISTRICT LIBRARY (Operating income: $717,866; Location: 45 VINEWOOD STREET; 66,755 books; 2,882 audio materials; 2,808 video materials; 211 serial subscriptions)
Average household size:
This city: 2.4 people
Michigan: 2.6 people
Percentage of family households:
This city: 62.8%
Whole state: 68.0%
Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city: 5.7%
Whole state: 5.3%
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2007:
This city: 6.2%
Whole state: 10.5%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2007:
This city: 2.1%
Whole state: 4.8%