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Statistics and Facts of Armada Michigan
In 1825 John Proctor purchased land in the area that became Armada Township. This is the first record of land bought in Armada Township. 23 more families had bought land in the area by 1832. Until 1832 the area was part of Ray Township. At that time a meeting was called to organize a separate township. The vote won by 2 and the Armada Township was born. When the discussion of a name for the new township came up, legend says that "Hosea Northrup jumped up and shouted the name 'Armada'". The name was accepted. The meaning of the name is a mystery to this day.
The Village of Armada was founded by Elijah Burke in 1833. The village was originally known as Burke's Corners. The village began to prosper when the old Indian trail, known today as Armada Ridge Road, was laid out as a roadway in the early 1830's. The road soon became part of the immigrant road network between Romeo and Port Huron.
Burke's Corners was briefly renamed Honeoye after the hometown of several newly arrived residents from New York. When the village was incorporated in the late 1860s, it received its modern name of Armada. Armada had grown into a thriving village of 800 inhabitants.
The town at one time included a stagecoach stop, an opera house, a theater, seven grocery stores, three hotels, three hardware stores, a lumberyard, a grain mill, two implement dealers, a bakery, five doctors, several blacksmiths shops and a drug store.
The first school in Armada was a one-room schoolhouse at Selleck's Corners. Soon schools sprang up all around the township. These one room schools were consolidated during the 1940's and children were bused into town to attend the consolidated school district.
Armada's interest in education, literature and the arts was most evident when they persuaded Andrew Carnegie that they would support a library, if he would donate $8,000 towards the building of a permanent township library. The Armada Free Public Library was built in 1915 and is still being used to provide library service today.
A number of fraternal organizations, a literary club, a science club, and the Armada Coronet Band were among the social outlets for villagers and township residents.
A railroad, the Michigan Air-Line Railroad, connected Armada with the rest of the world. Passengers and freight were processed through the two-door depot at the foot of Church Street. A cartage company delivered the freight to uptown businesses by horse and wagon.
Population (year 2000): 1,573. Estimated population in July 2006: 1,635 (+3.9% change)
Males: 745 (47.4%)
Females: 828 (52.6%)
Median resident age: 34.4 years
Michigan median age: 35.5 years
Zip codes: 48005.
Estimated median household income in 2005: $63,100 (it was $61,700 in 2000)
Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $173,800 (it was $142,900 in 2000)
Ancestries: German (30.1%), Polish (15.1%), Irish (13.4%), English (10.2%), United States (9.0%), Italian (8.6%).
Elevation: 750 feet
Land area: 0.71 square miles. Population density: 2329 people per square mile (low).
For population 25 years and over in Armada
High school or higher: 90.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher: 17.1%
Graduate or professional degree: 6.3%
Mean travel time to work: 31.7 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Armada village
Never married: 23.3%
Now married: 62.0%
26 residents are foreign born
This village: 1.7%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Armada: 1.6% ($2,215)
Michigan: 1.3% ($1,461)
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Shelby, MI (15.8 miles , pop. 65,159).
Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Detroit, MI (35.0 miles , pop. 951,270).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (336.8 miles , pop. 2,896,016).
Nearest cities: Memphis, MI (8.5 miles ), Richmond, MI (8.9 miles ), Romeo, MI (9.3 miles ), New Haven, MI (9.8 miles ), Capac, MI (12.1 miles ), Almont, MI (12.4 miles ), Emmett, MI (13.3 miles ), New Baltimore, MI (14.8 miles ).
Latitude: 42.84 N, Longitude: 82.88 W
Area code: 586
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in 2006: 2 (2 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here: 1.21
US city average: 3.00
Birthplace of: Dick Enberg - (born 1935), sportscaster.
Hospitals/medical centers near Armada:
HARBOR OAKS HOSPITAL (about 14 miles; NEW BALTIMORE, MI)
CRITTENTON HOSPITAL (about 16 miles; COLUMBUS, MI)
MT CLEMENS GENERAL HOSPITAL (about 17 miles; MOUNT CLEMENS, MI)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Armada:
DETROIT CITY (about 32 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DET)
OAKLAND COUNTY INTERNATIONAL (about 40 miles; PONTIAC, MI; ID: PTK)
DETROIT METROPOLITAN WAYNE COUNTY (about 55 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DTW)
Other public-use airports nearest to Armada:
ROMEO STATE (about 8 miles; ROMEO, MI; ID: D98)
RAY COMMUNITY (about 8 miles; RAY, MI; ID: 57D)
BERZ-MACOMB (about 15 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: UIZ)
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Armada:
ST CLAIR COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 16 miles; PORT HURON, MI; Full-time enrollment: 2,287)
MACOMB COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 24 miles; WARREN, MI; FT enrollment: 11,057)
OAKLAND UNIVERSITY (about 25 miles; ROCHESTER HILLS, MI; FT enrollment: 11,424)
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX-DETROIT CAMPUS (about 26 miles; TROY, MI; FT enrollment: 2,090)
OAKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE-BLOOMFIELD HILLS CAMPUS (about 30 miles; BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI; FT enrollment: 11,634)
LAWRENCE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (about 36 miles; SOUTHFIELD, MI; FT enrollment: 2,479)
HENRY FORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 45 miles; DEARBORN, MI; FT enrollment: 6,572)
Public high schools in Armada:
ARMADA AREA HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 643; Location: 23655 ARMADA CENTER ROAD; Grades: 09 - 12)
MACOMB ACADEMY OF ARTS/SCIENCE (Students: 172; Location: 23211 PROSPECT; Grades: 09 - 12)
Public elementary/middle schools in Armada:
ARMADA EARLY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 510; Location: 23900 ARMADA CENTER ROAD; Grades: PK - 02)
ARMADA MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 489; Location: 23550 ARMADA CENTER ROAD; Grades: 06 - 08)
ARMADA LATER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 435; Location: 23900 ARMADA CENTER ROAD; Grades: 03 - 05)
Private elementary/middle schools in Armada:
CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH SCHOOL (Students: 57; Location: P. O. BOX 247; Grades: 2 - 11)
OUR SAVIOUR LUTHERAN SCHOOL (Students: 46; Location: 22511 W MAIN ST; Grades: KG - 8)
Library in Armada:
ARMADA FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $193,580; Location: 73930 CHURCH STREET; 25,510 books; 1,422 audio materials; 989 video materials; 82 serial subscriptions)
Average household size:
This village: 2.8 people
Michigan: 2.6 people
Percentage of family households:
This village: 75.6%
Whole state: 68.0%
Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This village: 3.7%
Whole state: 5.3%
Residents with income below the poverty level in 1999:
This village: 3.6%
Whole state: 10.5%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 1999:
This village: 1.0%
Whole state: 4.8%