Highland Park, Michigan

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Highland Park, Michigan

Introduction to Highland Park, Michigan

Highland Park, Michigan, in Wayne county, is 5 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan. The city is in the Detroit area. There are 16,746 residents in Highland Park.

Highland Park History

During the early 1800s, Highland Park was a small farming community. Augustus B. Woodward, a prominent Detroit judge bought the area in 1818. A post office was established in this area in 1873. It was incorporated in 1889 as the village of Highland Park. In 1918 it was reincorporated as a city. Highland Park was the birthplace of Henry Ford's Model T plant.

Highland Park and nearby Attractions

  • Detroit Historical Museum
  • Motown Historical Museum
  • Historic Fort Wayne
  • Eastern Market
  • Detroit Zoo
  • Ferndale Historical Museum

Things To Do In Highland Park

While staying at Highland Park, one can visit many historical sites and museums that lie close to the city. Greektown, one of the most vibrant ethnic districts of Michigan, is nearby. You can even plan a day trip with your family to the Detroit Zoo. In addition, Highland Park offers several cafes, bars and restaurants.

Highland Park Transportation

The nearest airport is Detroit City Airport.

Highland Park Higher Education

Lawrence Technological University, Wayne State University, Marygrove College, Macomb Community College and many other colleges and universities provide facilities for higher education.

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High Points

Highland Park strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Michigan):

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Highland Park Public Transportation Use
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Highland Park Affordability of Property Taxes
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Highland Park Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Highland Park, Michigan

Comparing Highland Park to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Michigan (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Female Share of the Population 9 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 8
Senior Citizens 6 6
Age of the Population 4 4
Racial Diversity 3 7
Male Share of the Population 2 2
Well-Paid Single Men 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 6 7
Portion of People Married 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 1 1
People in Middle Class or Better 1 1
Median Family Income 1 1
People Above Poverty 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 3 4
Short Commute Times 2 1
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
People Living Alone 10 10
Affordability of Rents 9 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 9 10
Housing Recently Built 1 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1

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Highland Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 5 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan
County Wayne
Standard Zip Codes 48203
Phone Area Codes 313
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.405
Longitude -83.096

Highland Park Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 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
Distance 17 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 32.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 40 to 59 F
Annual Precip 29.2 inches
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Highland Park Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 16,746 100%
Male 7,730 46.2%
Female 9,016 53.8%
Under 18 4,867 29.1%
18+ 11,879 70.9%
65+ 2,435 14.5%
Median Age 34.5
Average Family Size 3.43
White 688 4.1%
African-American 15,648 93.4%
Asian 41 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 45 0.3%
Other 42 0.3%
Mixed Race 279 1.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 95 0.6%

Estimated Highland Park Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 15,430
Growth -1,316
Growth % -7.9%

Highland Park Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 92.5%
African 2.3%
German 1.1%
US/American 1%
Polish 0.9%
Irish 0.5%
English 0.3%
Israeli 0.2%
Swedish 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Jamaican 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Highland Park 16,746 $26,484
Detroit 951,270 $33,853
Ferndale 22,105 $51,687
Hamtramck 22,976 $30,496
Hazel Park 18,963 $43,584
Madison Heights 31,101 $51,364
Pleasant Ridge 2,594 $92,134
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Highland Park High Schools (2004)

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A Title I School.
Serves 727 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 40.4

A Charter School.
Serves 73 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.6

Highland Park Colleges

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1. Duquesne, Pennsylvania 86.1   36.9% 19.2% 8.1% 29 $25,898 8.8% 51.1% 7,332 34.7% 44.9 0.1% 17.6
2. Hamtramck, Michigan 83.1   32.3% 11.9% 11.5% 26 $30,496 7.8% 39% 22,976 27% 62.3 0.2% 13.5
3. Hapeville, Georgia 82.7   32.2% 10.8% 12.1% 28 $37,647 6.7% 48.3% 6,180 17.9% 97.6 0.2% 13.9
4. Roxboro, North Carolina 78.5   33.7% 18.1% 7.8% 26 $34,217 6.9% 49.9% 8,696 16.8% 69.6 0.3% 10.4
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