Introduction to Inkster, Michigan

Inkster, Michigan, in Wayne county, is 3 miles SW of Dearborn Heights, Michigan and 13 miles W of Detroit, Michigan. The city is in the Detroit area.

Inkster History

The area now referred to as Inkster was first settled by Europeans in 1825. In December 1857, a post office was established here under the name of "Moulin Rouge." Both the area and the post office were renamed Inkster in honor of Robert Inkster, who managed a steam sawmill in the region during the early 1860s. The place was initially incorporated as a village in 1926. However, in 1964, the village was reincorporated as a city.

Inkster and nearby Attractions

  • Historic Fort Wayne
  • Fox Theater Building
  • Dearborn Historical Museum
  • Museum of African American History
  • Detroit Zoo
  • Eastern Market

Things To Do In Inkster

The city of Inkster offers easy access to a number of historical sites, like the Fox Theater Building, the Historic Fort Wayne, Cranbrook and Fair Lane. Travelers can take a tour of the nearby museums including the Dearborn Historical Museum, the Museum of African American History, the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Plymouth Historical Museum. Apart from this, one can also visit the Detroit Zoo and the Eastern Market.

Inkster Transportation

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County is the nearest major airport.

Inkster Higher Education

The city of Inkster offers higher educational opportunities at the Henry Ford Community College, the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Davenport University and Madonna University.


Total Population 24,897
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 11.7%
Employed Population 16+ 8,557
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 27%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.5%
Median Earnings25+ $24,985
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,942
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,370


Median Family Income $36,613
% Above Poverty Level 65.1%
% Below Poverty Level 34.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 2.2%


People Living Alone 35%
Median Gross Rent $738
Median House Value $49,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 73.6%
US/American 0%
English 1.8%
Irish 2.6%

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

Inkster Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles SW of Dearborn Heights, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 13 miles W of Detroit, Michigan
County Wayne
Standard Zip Codes 48141
Phone Area Codes 313
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.294
Longitude -83.31

Inkster Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.2 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 4.4 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 17.5 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
Dearborn Heights 56,656 $52,119
Garden City 27,161 $60,063
Livonia 95,312 $84,375
Taylor 62,021 $48,464

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

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Inkster High Schools

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Serves 1,279 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.6

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Serves 331 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

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