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History and culture
The area was inhabited by French settlers as early as 1710, at which time it was called L'anse Creuse. (L'anse Creuse was also the name of a stop on the now-defunct interurban railroad off of Jefferson Ave near Nine Mile Road, and the name lives on today in the L'anse Creuse High School in Harrison Twp.)
From 1843 until 1911, St. Clair Shores was a part of Erin Township, parts of which make up today's Eastpointe, the Grosse Pointes and St. Clair Shores. In 1911, the township's name changed to Lake Township. Lake Township still exists, although greatly reduced in area. It now represents only the small portion of the village of Grosse Pointe Shores that lies within Macomb County.
The city once was home to an amusement park named Jefferson Beach. Built in 1927, it featured the longest roller coaster in the United States. In 1955, a fire destroyed several buildings in the park. While Jefferson Beach attempted to rebuild, its owners slowly converted the park to a marina. In 1959, the remaining amusement park buildings were destroyed to make room for the marina.
With help from its location along the shores of Lake Saint Clair, St. Clair Shores grew from a resort community to a suburban city rapidly after World War II. Prior to the city's incorporation in 1951, St. Clair Shores was recognized as the largest village in the United States.
The tallest building in St. Clair Shores is the 26-story known locally as "9 Mile Tower", located near Nine Mile Road and Jefferson Avenue on Lake Saint Clair.
Each year, St. Clair Shores hosts a popular Memorial Day Parade. The city is also known for its "Nautical Mile" - a strip of Jefferson Avenue between Nine Mile and 10 Mile roads featuring many retail establishments, boat dealers, and marinas.
St. Clair Shores is home to one of the longest running local pageants as a member of the Miss America Organization. The Miss St. Clair Shores program offers scholarships to young women in the community ages 17-24. Miss St. Clair Shores volunteers and serves her city during her preparation to compete at the Miss Michigan Pageant.
The city is also known for its connection to Detroit's musical history. Notable locations include Car City Records on Harper between 8 and 9 Mile roads (whose employees have included many from the Detroit music scene) and the Crows Nest East, a popular music venue in the 1960's which was located on Harper and 13 Mile Road.
St. Clair Shores is also well known for its hockey association, with more state championships then any other rink in the entire state. High school hockey during the 1970's dominated the competition, one team from lakeview even went undefeated in 1973, and won the championship. also at one point, before the city of Detroit adopted the title, it was known as Hockeytown. Even now there are several signs and vintage hockeytown bumper stickers hanging inside the arena.
Dave Coulier - actor and comedian
Mark Wells was a member of the 1980 Miracle on Ice hockey team that won the gold medal over the USSR.
Patti Smith - Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame singer
Fred 'Sonic' Smith of the band MC5
Eminem - a rapper and actor
Population (year 2000): 63,096. Estimated population in July 2006: 61,162 (-3.1% change)
Males: 30,044 (47.6%)
Females: 33,052 (52.4%)
Median resident age: 42.0 years
Michigan median age: 35.5 years
Zip codes: 48081.
Estimated median household income in 2005: $50,200 (it was $49,047 in 2000)
St. Clair Shores $50,200
Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $150,400 (it was $123,700 in 2000)
St. Clair Shores $150,400
Ancestries: German (25.9%), Polish (17.1%), Italian (16.6%), Irish (15.8%), English (9.4%), French (6.7%).
Elevation: 585 feet
Land area: 11.5 square miles. Population density: 5336 people per square mile (average).
For population 25 years and over in St. Clair Shores
High school or higher: 84.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher: 18.1%
Graduate or professional degree: 5.7%
Mean travel time to work: 24.9 minutes
For population 15 years and over in St. Clair Shores city
Never married: 24.1%
Now married: 54.5%
3,581 residents are foreign born (2.9% Europe, 1.2% North America, 1.1% Asia).
This city: 5.7%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
St. Clair Shores: 1.2% ($1,512)
Michigan: 1.3% ($1,461)
Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Detroit, MI (15.8 miles , pop. 951,270).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (331.6 miles , pop. 2,896,016).
Nearest cities: Roseville, MI (3.1 miles ), Grosse Pointe Woods, MI (3.6 miles ), Grosse Pointe Shores, MI (3.6 miles ), Eastpointe, MI (3.7 miles ), Harper Woods, MI (4.0 miles ), Fraser, MI (5.0 miles ), Grosse Pointe Farms, MI (5.7 miles ), Clinton, MI (6.5 miles ).
Latitude: 42.49 N, Longitude: 82.90 W
Daytime population change due to commuting: -11,946 (-18.9%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 5,277 (18.0%)
Area code commonly used in this area: 586
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in 2006: 101 (85 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here: 1.38
US city average: 3.00
Hospitals/medical centers near St. Clair Shores:
ST JOHN HOSPITAL & MEDICAL CTR (about 5 miles; DETROIT, MI)
COTTAGE HOSPITAL (about 5 miles; GROSSE POINTE FARMS, MI)
BI-COUNTY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (about 8 miles; WARREN, MI)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to St. Clair Shores:
DETROIT CITY (about 10 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DET)
DETROIT METROPOLITAN WAYNE COUNTY (about 38 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DTW)
OAKLAND COUNTY INTERNATIONAL (about 38 miles; PONTIAC, MI; ID: PTK)
Other public-use airports nearest to St. Clair Shores:
BERZ-MACOMB (about 12 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: UIZ)
COBO HALL (about 16 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: 84G)
RAY COMMUNITY (about 17 miles; RAY, MI; ID: 57D)
Amtrak stations near St. Clair Shores:
13 miles: WINDSOR (298 WALKER RD.). Services: ticket office.
15 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.
18 miles: ROYAL OAK (201 S. SHERMAN DR.). Services: enclosed waiting area, public payphones, vending machines, paid short-term parking, taxi stand, intercity bus service, public transit connection.
Local government website: www.stclairshores.net
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to St. Clair Shores:
MACOMB COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 8 miles; WARREN, MI; Full-time enrollment: 11,057)
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX-DETROIT CAMPUS (about 20 miles; TROY, MI; FT enrollment: 2,090)
LAWRENCE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (about 23 miles; SOUTHFIELD, MI; FT enrollment: 2,479)
OAKLAND UNIVERSITY (about 24 miles; ROCHESTER HILLS, MI; FT enrollment: 11,424)
OAKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE-BLOOMFIELD HILLS CAMPUS (about 24 miles; BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI; FT enrollment: 11,634)
WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY (about 25 miles; DETROIT, MI; FT enrollment: 20,389)
MARYGROVE COLLEGE (about 25 miles; DETROIT, MI; FT enrollment: 5,301)
Public high schools in St. Clair Shores:
LAKE SHORE HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,094; Location: 22980 E. 13 MILE ROAD; Grades: 09 - 12)
LAKEVIEW HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,087; Location: 21100 E. 11 MILE ROAD; Grades: 09 - 12)
SOUTH LAKE HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 896; Location: 21900 E. 9 MILE ROAD; Grades: 09 - 12)
Biggest public elementary/middle schools in St. Clair Shores:
KENNEDY MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 787; Location: 23101 MASONIC BOULEVARD; Grades: 06 - 08)
JEFFERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 659; Location: 27900 ROCKWOOD STREET; Grades: 06 - 08)
RODGERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 496; Location: 21601 L'ANSE STREET; Grades: KG - 05)
MASONIC HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 433; Location: 22100 MASONIC BOULEVARD; Grades: KG - 05)
VIOLET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 429; Location: 22020 VIOLET STREET; Grades: KG - 05)
ELMWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 390; Location: 22700 CALIFORNIA STREET; Grades: KG - 06)
SOUTH LAKE MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 382; Location: 21621 CALIFORNIA STREET; Grades: 07 - 08)
AVALON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 310; Location: 20000 AVALON STREET; Grades: KG - 06)
HARMON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 309; Location: 24800 HARMON STREET; Grades: KG - 05)
ARDMORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 281; Location: 27001 GREATER MACK AVENUE; Grades: KG - 05)
Average household size:
This city: 2.3 people
Michigan: 2.6 people
Percentage of family households:
This city: 63.0%
Whole state: 68.0%
Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city: 3.9%
Whole state: 5.3%
Residents with income below the poverty level in 1999:
This city: 3.7%
Whole state: 10.5%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 1999:
This city: 2.0%
Whole state: 4.8%