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Overview

Introduction to Dearborn, Michigan

Dearborn is located in Wayne County and is part of the Detroit metropolitan area. It's home to the world headquarters of the Ford Motor Company. Dearborn features green beltways and fields filled with sunflowers. The River Rogue flows through the city. It's a regional center for health care and shopping. The municipality includes one of the largest Arab-American populations in the country.

History

The first non-natives arrived in 1786. The village was founded in 1836. It was named in tribute to Henry Dearborn, a general during the American Revolution and the Secretary of War for President Thomas Jefferson. In 1837 the Michigan Central Railroad arrived. Henry Ford chose Dearborn as the location for his Fair Lane estate and the place to establish the Ford Motor Company.

Attractions

  • The Henry Ford (Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village)features thousands of artifacts regarding Henry Ford's developments in transportation and manufacturing processes. Presidential limousines and a camp bed utilized by George Washington are also featured. Greenfield Village includes nine historic districts, Edison's workshop, the notable Wright Cycle Shop and the Noah Webster House.
  • Automotive Hall of Fame examines the history of the automobile industry and features automobiles going back to the early 1900's.
  • Henry Ford Estate is an early 20th century attractive home situated on a large acreage and includes a garage filled with impressive automobiles.
  • Ford Rogue Factory Tour features rare footage of the factory's history and a theater which utilizes virtual reality effects to give visitors a sense of automobile production. A tour through the truck assembly facility is included in the presentation.
  • Arab American National Museum has the appearance of a mosque and examines Arab-American history and culture. It incudes artifacts and exhibits of contemporary Arab-American artists.
  • Dearborn Historical Museum features two facilities of the original 1833 United States Government Arsenal. The museum showcases farm equipment, buggies and wagons. It features the Richard Gardner House and the McFadden-Ross House.
  • Historic walking and bicycle tours.

Activities and Entertainment

Dearborn features a large number of parks and numerous sledding hills and ice rinks. Camp Dearborn is a a large recreation area located nearby. Residents and visitors enjoy listening to the Dearborn Symphony. The Players Guild of Dearborn Theater and Joey's Comedy Club are noteworthy venues. The Ford Community & Performing Arts Center contains an impressive theater and the Padzieski Art Gallery.

Transportation

The city is served by the Amtrak rail system.

Higher Education

The municipality is home to the University of Michigan Dearborn campus and Henry Ford Community College.

People

Total Population 96,069
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 12.3%
Employed Population 16+ 34,111
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 51.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.2%
Median Earnings25+ $32,699
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,086
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,555

Wealth

Median Family Income $55,183
% Above Poverty Level 71.1%
% Below Poverty Level 28.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.1%
Median Gross Rent $973
Median House Value $105,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.7%
US/American 0.3%
English 4.8%
Irish 6.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Dearborn Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 6 miles W of Detroit, Michigan
County Wayne
Standard Zip Codes 48120, 48124, 48126, 48128
P.O. Box Zip Codes 48121, 48123
Phone Area Codes 313
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.322
Longitude -83.176

Dearborn Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station DEARBORN
Distance 2.9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 33 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 33.5 inches
Station DETROIT METRO AP
Distance 10.1 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 64 to 83 F
Oct Temp 43 to 61 F
Annual Precip 32.8 inches
Station DETROIT CITY AP
Distance 10.5 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 33 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 62 F
Annual Precip 0 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Allen Park 27,676 $75,445
Dearborn Heights 56,656 $52,119
Ecorse 9,338 $34,844
Lincoln Park 37,362 $50,671
Melvindale 10,510 $34,917
River Rouge 7,673 $27,641

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Dearborn Public Libraries

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Dearborn Public Library
16301 MICHIGAN AVENUE
Dearborn, Michigan
(313) 943-2037

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Dearborn Hospitals

OAKWOOD HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER -DEARBORN
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
18101 OAKWOOD BLVD
(313) 593-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Dearborn High Schools

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FORDSON HIGH SCHOOL
13800 FORD ROAD
313-582-4310
Serves 2,237 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.6

DEARBORN HIGH SCHOOL
19501 OUTER DRIVE
313-730-3074
Serves 1,644 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.5

EDSEL FORD HIGH SCHOOL
20601 ROTUNDA DRIVE
313-271-8237
Serves 1,452 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.1

HENRY FORD ACADEMY
20900 OAKWOOD BOULEVARD
313-982-6193
A Charter School.
Serves 437 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.6

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY
7265 CALHOUN STREET
313-582-4500
A Charter School.
Serves 389 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.8

HOWE TRAINABLE CENTER AND MONTESSORI
18000 OAKWOOD BOULEVARD
313-271-8150
A Special Education School
Serves 226 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.8

DEARBORN VIRTUAL ACADEMY
13800 FORD ROAD
313-582-4310
A Non-traditional School
Serves 56 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 56

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Historic Dearborn

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Edison's Menlo Park glass house ca. 1930

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Edison's Menlo Park glass house ca. 1930

Old Clinton Inn (period 1832) ca. 1930

Type of old American town hall ca. 1930

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