Introduction to Ecorse, Michigan

Ecorse, Michigan is 5 miles S of Dearborn, Michigan and 7 miles SW of Detroit, Michigan. It is in Wayne county. The city is part of the Detroit metro area.

Ecorse History

The history of Ecorse dates back to the 18th century. The early French settlers named the city "River Aux Echorches," which meant "The River of the Barks." The city was so named because Indians used to gather by a small stream here to strip bark for building canoes. White settlements grew in the area between 1784 and 1797. Initially, the River Aux Echorches was incorporated as the Ecorse village. Ecorse was officially incorporated as a city on September 19, 1941.

Ecorse and nearby Attractions

  • Fox Theater Building
  • Historic Fort Wayne
  • Detroit Historical Museum
  • Ecorse Rowing Club
  • Detroit Science Center
  • Ecorse Park

Things To Do In Ecorse

The city of Ecorse is near some popular historic destinations like the Fox Theater Building and the Historic Fort Wayne. The Detroit Institute of Arts, the Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum and the Dearborn Historical Museum are other places of interest nearby. The Children's Museum and the Ecorse Park are ideal places to take children to. The city itself has a few beautiful marinas, like the Rivers Edge Marina

Ecorse Transportation

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is nearby.

Ecorse Higher Education

Residents of Ecorse can enroll at Wayne State University, the Marygrove College, the Wayne County Community College District, and the University of Detroit Mercy for higher education.


Total Population 9,338
Male Share of the Population 49.7%
Female Share of the Population 50.3%
Senior Citizens 14.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,558
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 28.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.1%
Median Earnings25+ $26,620
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,713
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,792


Median Family Income $34,844
% Above Poverty Level 66.9%
% Below Poverty Level 33.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 2.1%


People Living Alone 34.1%
Median Gross Rent $716
Median House Value $40,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 55%
US/American 0.1%
English 2.8%
Irish 7.5%

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

Ecorse Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles S of Dearborn, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 7 miles SW of Detroit, Michigan
County Wayne
Standard Zip Codes 48229
Phone Area Codes 313
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.244
Longitude -83.145

Ecorse Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.7 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
Distance 9.6 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
Distance 13.1 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
Lincoln Park 37,362 $50,671
Melvindale 10,510 $34,917
River Rouge 7,673 $27,641
Southgate 29,518 $63,880

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

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Ecorse High Schools

Serves 486 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.6

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Historic Ecorse


Engine (Great Lakes Engineering Works) between 1900 and 1910

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Engine (Great Lakes Engineering Works) between 1900 and 1910

S.S. William G. Mather (after the launch) 1905

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