Introduction to River Rouge, Michigan

River Rouge, Michigan, in Wayne county, is 4 miles SE of Dearborn, Michigan (center to center) and 6 miles SW of Detroit, Michigan. An estimated 9,917 people live in the city.

River Rouge History

River Rouge is located on the Detroit and Rouge Rivers. Wayne County, which was the first county formed during the formation of the Northwest Territories, was named after "Mad Anthony Wayne", an American General. Officially incorporated in 1796, the boundaries of Wayne County stretched from the mouth of the Cuyahoga River in the east to Fort Wayne in the west.

River Rouge and Nearby Attractions

  • City Hall Coney Island
  • Kensington Metropark
  • Historic Fort Wayne
  • Detroit Science Center
  • Proud Lake State Recreation Area
  • Detroit Historical Museum

Things To Do In River Rouge

River Rouge has several park including Lower Huron Metropolitan Park and Maybury State Park. Lower Huron Metropolitan Park has a golf course, tennis and basketball court, water slide, camping, hiking, and picnicking areas. Those interested in films can visit the Walk-in Movies for a unique experience. The Detroit Historical Museum and Fort Wayne are frequently visited by those interested in history. Other historical sites nearby include Fox Theater Building and Pewabic Pottery.

River Rouge Transportation

Flights are available from Detroit City Airport.

River Rouge Higher Education

Colleges near River Rouge include Wayne State University, Marygrove College, the University of Detroit Mercy, and Henry Ford Community College.


Total Population 7,673
Male Share of the Population 46.6%
Female Share of the Population 53.4%
Senior Citizens 12.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,259
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 28.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 7.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $27,641
% Above Poverty Level 58.6%
% Below Poverty Level 41.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation 4%


People Living Alone 27%
Median Gross Rent $681
Median House Value $34,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 66.9%
US/American 0%
English 3.5%
Irish 6%

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

River Rouge Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles SE of Dearborn, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 6 miles SW of Detroit, Michigan
County Wayne
Standard Zip Codes 48218
Phone Area Codes 313
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.273
Longitude -83.134

River Rouge Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.9 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
Distance 10.6 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 11.1 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
Dearborn 96,069 $55,183
Ecorse 9,338 $34,844
Lincoln Park 37,362 $50,671
Melvindale 10,510 $34,917

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 17

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