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Overview

Introduction to Ypsilanti, Michigan

Ypsilanti, Michigan, in Washtenaw county, is 6 miles E of Ann Arbor, Michigan and 29 miles W of Detroit, Michigan. The people of the city are in the Ann Arbor metropolitan area. Ypsilanti has a population of 22,362.

Ypsilanti History

Gabriel Godfroy, a French-Canadian fur trader, established a trading post in this area in 1809. By 1823, a permanent settlement had been establsihed here by Major Thomas Woodruff. In 1829, Woodruff's Grove became Ypsilanti. The community was named in honor of the Greek war hero, Demetrios Ypsilanti. On February 4, 1858, Ypsilanti was incorporated as a city. Ypsilanti has been home to a number of automobile industries, including the Apex Motors.

Ypsilanti and nearby Attractions

  • Fair Lane
  • Ann Arbor Art Center
  • Gerald R. Ford Library
  • Highland Cemetery
  • Prospect Park

Things To Do In Ypsilanti

Visitors to Ypsilanti can take a trip to one of the many nearby historical sites, like the Croswell Opera House or Fair Lane, which was the home of Henry and Clara Bryant Ford. The Plymouth Historical Museum, the Ann Arbor Art Center, and the Gerald R. Ford Library also offer insights into the historical and cultural background of the area. The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum has interactive exhibits like a rock wall, a preschool gallery, and a giant bubble.

Ypsilanti Transportation

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

Ypsilanti Higher Education

Institutes offering higher educational opportunities to the residents of Ypsilanti are Eastern Michigan University, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and the Washtenaw Community College.

People

Total Population 19,874
Male Share of the Population 51.3%
Female Share of the Population 48.7%
Senior Citizens 8.4%
Employed Population 16+ 10,198
Age of the Population 25

Families

% of people married 20.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 39.1%
Median Earnings25+ $25,783
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $9,256
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,458

Wealth

Median Family Income $45,014
% Above Poverty Level 66.6%
% Below Poverty Level 33.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 12.3%
% Using Public Transportation 9.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 40.7%
Median Gross Rent $746
Median House Value $118,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 36.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 6.6%
Irish 10.8%

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

Ypsilanti Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles E of Ann Arbor, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 29 miles W of Detroit, Michigan
County Washtenaw
Standard Zip Codes 48197, 48198
Phone Area Codes 734
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.241
Longitude -83.613

Ypsilanti Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station YPSILANTI E MICH UNIV
Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 32.8 inches
Station ANN ARBOR UNIV OF MICH
Distance 6.7 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 12.1 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Ypsilanti, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Rawsonville (48197)

Superior Township (48198)

Willow Run (48198)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ann Arbor 116,194 $96,157
Barton Hills 289 $250
Belleville 3,919 $58,068
Milan 5,929 $69,442
Romulus 23,557 $49,338
Saline 9,020 $96,955

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

Ypsilanti Public Libraries

Library
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 WHITTAKER RD.
Ypsilanti, Michigan
(734) 482-4110
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Ypsilanti High Schools

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LINCOLN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
7425 WILLIS ROAD
734-484-7004
Serves 1,390 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.5

YPSILANTI HIGH SCHOOL
2095 PACKARD ROAD
734-714-1000
Serves 1,168 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.4

WILLOW RUN HIGH SCHOOL
235 SPENCER LANE
734-481-8300
Serves 712 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.2

NEW DIRECTIONS ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION
1055 CORNELL
734-714-1850
A Non-traditional School
Serves 131 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 45.2

ROBERTO CLEMENTE CENTER
4377 TEXTILE ROAD
734-434-4611
A Non-traditional School
Serves 100 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.8

FOREST AVENUE SCHOOL
1715 E. FOREST AVENUE
734-482-9905
Serves 37 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.4

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Historic Ypsilanti

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House above Huraon river between 1900 and 1910

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House above Huraon river between 1900 and 1910

Reception desk (Ypsilanti mineral bath house) between 1900 and 1910

Cleary Business College between 1900 and 1910

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