Melvindale, Michigan

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Melvindale, Michigan

Introduction to Melvindale, Michigan

Melvindale, Michigan, in Wayne county, is 2 miles S of Dearborn, Michigan and 7 miles SW of Detroit, Michigan. Part of the surrounding Detroit metro area, Melvindale is home to some 10,735 residents.

Melvindale History

Hubert Champaign, Edward Pepper, and Lewis Allen are believed to be the first European settlers in the region. The three men settled here in 1819. Melvindale was incorporated as a village on September 9, 1924 and re-incorporated as a city on February 6, 1933.

Melvindale and nearby Attractions

  • Fair Lane
  • Fox Theater Building
  • Lower Huron Metropolitan Park
  • Maybury State Park
  • Historic Fort Wayne
  • Pewabic Pottery

Things To Do In Melvindale

There are many interesting tourist attractions situated close to the city. You can visit the historical sites and museums to learn more about the background of the city. Melvindale also has many popular parks for entertainment and relaxation.

Melvindale Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.

Melvindale Higher Education

Some of the universities and colleges situated close to the city are Davenport University-Eastern Region-Dearborn, Wayne State University, Marygrove College and Wayne County Community College District.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 9% Melvindale Racial Diversity
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 17% Melvindale Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Melvindale, Michigan

Comparing Melvindale 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
Racial Diversity 8 10
Male Share of the Population 8 8
Well-Paid Single Men 7 8
Well-Paid Single Women 7 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 6
Senior Citizens 5 5
Age of the Population 5 6
Female Share of the Population 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 4 4
Portion of People Married 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 5 6
Median Family Income 5 6
People Above Poverty 5 4
College Educated Adults 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 6 9
Short Commute Times 6 6
Working at Home 2 2
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 9 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 9
Affordability of Rents 6 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 4
Housing Recently Built 2 4
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 8 8
Low Violent Crime 8 7

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Melvindale Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles S of Dearborn, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 7 miles SW of Detroit, Michigan
County Wayne
Standard Zip Codes 48122
Phone Area Codes 313
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.282
Longitude -83.175

Melvindale Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 3.8 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 8.8 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 12.1 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
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Melvindale Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 10,735 100%
Male 5,262 49%
Female 5,473 51%
Under 18 2,621 24.4%
18+ 8,114 75.6%
65+ 1,448 13.5%
Median Age 35.7
Average Family Size 3.07
White 9,382 87.4%
African-American 565 5.3%
Asian 138 1.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 80 0.7%
Other 257 2.4%
Mixed Race 309 2.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 955 8.9%

Estimated Melvindale Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 10,612
Growth -123
Growth % -1.1%

Melvindale 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) 22.9%
German 13.6%
Irish 9.5%
Polish 9%
Italian 6.8%
US/American 6.1%
English 5.9%
Hungarian 3.9%
French (except Basque) 3.7%
French Canadian 2.2%
Scottish 1.8%
Lebanese 1.3%
Arab/Arabic 1.3%
Swedish 1%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
Dutch 0.9%
Armenian 0.8%
Ukrainian 0.7%
Finnish 0.7%
Romanian 0.6%
Lithuanian 0.6%
Albanian 0.5%
Austrian 0.5%
Welsh 0.4%
Slovak 0.4%
Russian 0.4%
Norwegian 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.3%
African 0.3%
Macedonian 0.3%
Australian 0.3%
British 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Maltese 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
Iraqi 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Melvindale 10,735 $46,759
Allen Park 29,376 $63,350
Dearborn 97,775 $53,060
Ecorse 11,229 $32,374
Lincoln Park 40,008 $49,747
River Rouge 9,917 $33,875
Taylor 65,868 $48,304
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Student/teacher ratio: 21

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