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Statistics and Facts of Oak Park Michigan
The township around Oak Park began to be settled in 1822, with the area that was to become Oak Park first settled in 1840. The first major housing development came in 1914 and was called the Oak Park subdivision. An election to approve incorporation as a village was held on May 3, 1927. An election to approve incorporation as a city was held on October 29, 1945.
Planned developments in the late 1950s resulted in Oak Park being named "America's Fastest Growing City" at one point . Major civic improvements in this period included the addition of an outdoor swimming pool and an ice rink in Major Park (now known as Shepherd Park, after former mayor David Shepherd, but long known informally as Oak Park Park).
Oak Park is home to six of the steel and ceramic houses built by the Lustron company in the early 1950s, which provided an inexpensive type of shelter for servicemen returning from World War II. They can be found on Oneida St., just north of Nine Mile Road.
Oak Park grew into a quiet city of one-story houses, sidewalks, trees, and backyards. For many years it has had the feeling of a small town, even though it lies in the heart of the Metro Detroit area, bordering the city of Detroit and several of its larger suburbs.
On November 1, 2004, the city annexed the northwestern portion of Royal Oak Charter Township.
Population (year 2000): 29,793. Estimated population in July 2006: 30,960 (+3.9% change)
Males: 13,947 (46.8%)
Females: 15,846 (53.2%)
Median resident age: 34.6 years
Michigan median age: 35.5 years
Zip codes: 48237.
Estimated median household income in 2005: $50,400 (it was $48,697 in 2000)
Oak Park $50,400
Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $144,300 (it was $114,400 in 2000)
Oak Park $144,300
Ancestries: Polish (5.7%), German (5.1%), Russian (4.9%), United States (4.0%), Irish (3.5%), English (2.9%).
Elevation: 666 feet
Land area: 5.02 square miles. Population density: 6222 people per square mile (high).
For population 25 years and over in Oak Park
High school or higher: 82.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher: 27.2%
Graduate or professional degree: 9.8%
Mean travel time to work: 24.5 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Oak Park city
Never married: 32.2%
Now married: 47.0%
4,426 residents are foreign born (9.4% Asia, 3.7% Europe).
This city: 14.9%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Oak Park: 1.5% ($1,751)
Michigan: 1.3% ($1,461)
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Royal Oak, MI (3.3 miles , pop. 60,062).
Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Detroit, MI (7.7 miles , pop. 951,270).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (312.2 miles , pop. 2,896,016).
Nearest cities: Huntington Woods, MI (1.3 miles ), Berkley, MI (2.1 miles ), Pleasant Ridge, MI (2.4 miles ), Royal Oak, MI (3.3 miles ), Ferndale, MI (3.5 miles ), Lathrup Village, MI (3.6 miles ), Southfield, MI (4.6 miles ), Clawson, MI (5.1 miles ).
Latitude: 42.47 N, Longitude: 83.18 W
Daytime population change due to commuting: -3,881 (-13.0%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 1,350 (10.3%)
Area code commonly used in this area: 248
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in 2006: 75 (65 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here: 2.08
US city average: 3.00
Hospitals/medical centers near Oak Park:
HENRY FORD - KINGSWOOD HOSPITAL (about 3 miles; FERNDALE, MI)
SELECT SPECIALTY HOSPITAL - NW DETROIT (about 3 miles; DETROIT, MI)
SINAI-GRACE HOSPITAL (about 3 miles; DETROIT, MI)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Oak Park:
DETROIT CITY (about 14 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DET)
OAKLAND COUNTY INTERNATIONAL (about 21 miles; PONTIAC, MI; ID: PTK)
DETROIT METROPOLITAN WAYNE COUNTY (about 22 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DTW)
Other public-use airports nearest to Oak Park:
OAKLAND/TROY (about 5 miles; TROY, MI; ID: 7D2)
COBO HALL (about 15 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: 84G)
BERZ-MACOMB (about 21 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: UIZ)
Amtrak stations near Oak Park:
3 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.
6 miles: BIRMINGHAM (449 S. ETON ST.). Services: public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, public transit connection.
11 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.
Local government website: www.oakpark-mi.com
Colleges/Universities in Oak Park:
MICHIGAN JEWISH INSTITUTE (Full-time enrollment: 124; Location: 25401 COOLIDGE HWY; Private, not-for-profit)
METRO TECHNICAL INSTITUTE (FT enrollment: 82; Location: 21700 GREENFIELD RD STE 114; Private, for-profit)
YESHIVA GEDOLAH RABBINICAL COLLEGE (FT enrollment: 38; Location: 24600 GREENFIELD RD; Private, not-for-profit; Offers Doctor's degree)
RAM TECHNICAL INSTITUTE INC (Location: 21700 GREENFIELD STE 264; Private, for-profit)
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Oak Park:
LAWRENCE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (about 4 miles; SOUTHFIELD, MI; Full-time enrollment: 2,479)
OAKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE-BLOOMFIELD HILLS CAMPUS (about 9 miles; BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI; FT enrollment: 11,634)
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX-DETROIT CAMPUS (about 10 miles; TROY, MI; FT enrollment: 2,090)
HENRY FORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 12 miles; DEARBORN, MI; FT enrollment: 6,572)
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DEARBORN (about 12 miles; DEARBORN, MI; FT enrollment: 5,574)
MACOMB COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 13 miles; WARREN, MI; FT enrollment: 11,057)
OAKLAND UNIVERSITY (about 14 miles; ROCHESTER HILLS, MI; FT enrollment: 11,424)
Public high schools in Oak Park:
OAK PARK HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,388; Location: 13701 OAK PARK BOULEVARD; Grades: 09 - 12)
ACADEMY OF MICHIGAN (Students: 530; Location: 20820 GREENFIELD; Grades: 09 - 12)
Private high schools in Oak Park:
SALLY ALLAN ALEXANDER BETH JAC (Students: 371; Location: 14390 W.TEN MILE RD; Grades: 1 - 12; Girls only)
YESHIVA GEDOLAH ATERES MORDECH (Students: 87; Location: 24600 GREENFIELD RD; Grades: 9 - 12; Boys only)
Biggest public elementary/middle schools in Oak Park:
ROOSEVELT MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 991; Location: 23261 SCOTIA ROAD; Grades: 06 - 08)
EINSTEIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 627; Location: 14001 NORTHEND AVENUE; Grades: PK - 05)
NORUP SCHOOL (Students: 601; Location: 14450 MANHATTAN STREET; Grades: 03 - 08)
KEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 449; Location: 23400 JEROME STREET; Grades: KG - 05)
JOHN F. KENNEDY SCHOOL (Students: 405; Location: 24220 ROSEWOOD STREET; Grades: KG - 06)
PEPPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 402; Location: 24301 CHURCH STREET; Grades: PK - 05)
NSOROMA INSTITUTE (Students: 267; Location: 22180 PARKLAWN STREET; Grades: KG - 08)
LESSENGER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 265; Location: 12901 ALBANY STREET; Grades: KG - 04)
CHANDLER PARK ACADEMY-OAK PARK (Students: 183; Location: 13400 OAK PARK BOULEVARD; Grades: KG - 02)
AVERY EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER (Students: 117; Location: 14700 W. LINCOLN STREET; Grades: KG - 02)
Private elementary/middle school in Oak Park:
DE ROR MONTESSORI CENTER (Students: 180; Location: 24061 COOLIDGE; Grades: PK - KG)
Library in Oak Park:
OAK PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $816,663; Location: 14200 OAK PARK BOULEVARD; 85,787 books; 3,010 audio materials; 3,337 video materials; 210 serial subscriptions)
Average household size:
This city: 2.7 people
Michigan: 2.6 people
Percentage of family households:
This city: 68.4%
Whole state: 68.0%
Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city: 4.5%
Whole state: 5.3%
Residents with income below the poverty level in 1999:
This city: 9.4%
Whole state: 10.5%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 1999:
This city: 3.6%
Whole state: 4.8%