Introduction to Westland, Michigan

Westland is located in Wayne County and is approximately 16 miles west of the city of Detroit. It contains culturally diverse neighborhoods. The Norwayne area of the city includes lower priced houses. Some neighborhoods include upscale residences. The Rouge River is nearby. The city is situated in the middle of the southeastern Michigan expressway system.

Westland includes numerous modern industrial parks. Prominent industries include automotive suppliers, construction materials, tool and die companies and other types of manufacturing businesses.


During the 1700s the Potawatomi Indians inhabited the area. The first non-native settlements were established in 1824. Henry Ford restored a local flour mill in 1918 and utilized it for producing stencils for Ford car parts. Bucklin Township was established in 1827 and included what is now Westland and several other current cities.

During the early 1960s the city of Livonia attempted to annex the portion of Nankin where the major shopping mall known as Westland Shopping Center was to be built. To prevent the annexation of their community, the citizens of Nankin decided to convert their township into a city and named it Westland.

Activities and Attractions

The William P. Holliday Parkway provides opportunities for a variety of recreational activities. Westland features 17 parks including the large Central City Park. The municipality includes two notable indoor recreational facilities. The popular Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village is located in the county. Other notable attractions in the county include the Renaissance Center, Fort Wayne, the Hart Plaza, and Belle Isle. Citizens enjoy the recreational activities and entertainment venues located in nearby Detroit.

Higher Education

There are numerous colleges in the area including Wayne State University in Detroit, The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, The University of Michigan-Dearborn, Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Ford Community College and the Schoolcraft Community College.


The city is served by the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.


Total Population 82,642
Male Share of the Population 46.6%
Female Share of the Population 53.4%
Senior Citizens 15.3%
Employed Population 16+ 38,189
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 40.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.8%
Median Earnings25+ $34,121
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,549
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,017


Median Family Income $59,147
% Above Poverty Level 84.2%
% Below Poverty Level 15.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%


People Living Alone 35.2%
Median Gross Rent $799
Median House Value $90,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 36.3%
US/American 0.2%
English 6.6%
Irish 11.3%

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

Westland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 18 miles W of Detroit, Michigan
County Wayne
Standard Zip Codes 48185, 48186
Phone Area Codes 734
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.324
Longitude -83.4

Westland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7.2 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 16.3 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 35.3 inches
Station MILAN 4 ESE
Distance 21 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 31 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 30.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Belleville 3,919 $58,068
Garden City 27,161 $60,063
Inkster 24,897 $36,613
Livonia 95,312 $84,375
Plymouth 8,952 $99,828

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

Westland Public Libraries

Wayne County Public Library
Westland, Michigan
(734) 727-7310
Library Web Site
William P. Faust Public Library Of Westland
Westland, Michigan
(734) 326-6123
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