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Overview

Introduction to Harper Woods, Michigan

Harper Woods, Michigan, in Wayne county, is 4 miles SW of St. Clair Shores, Michigan and 9 miles NE of Detroit, Michigan. The city is included in the Detroit metropolitan area.

Harper Woods History

It is believed that the city of Harper Woods was named because it was a wooded area and was situated near Harper Avenue. Harper Avenue was named after Walter Harper, the founder of the nearby Harper Hospital in Detroit. The city was incorporated on February 19, 1951 when the residents of Gratiot Township voted to incorporate it. Harper Woods celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2001.

Harper Woods and nearby Attractions

  • Alden Park Towers
  • Chandler Park Golf Course
  • Ambleside Gallery
  • Altermatt Park
  • Arthur J Miller Park
  • Balduck Memorial Park

Things To Do In Harper Woods

Shopping enthusiasts can hangout at the Eastland shopping center, a popular place in the city. The city also has a good number of cinema halls and amusement parks for the recreation of the residents.

Harper Woods Transportation

Detroit City is the nearest major airport to Harper Woods.

Harper Woods Higher Education

The nearby institutes providing higher education are Macomb Community College, University of Phoenix-Detroit Campus, Wayne State University and Marygrove College.

People

Total Population 13,964
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 11.4%
Employed Population 16+ 5,998
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 34.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.9%
Median Earnings25+ $33,883
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,262
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,085

Wealth

Median Family Income $55,271
% Above Poverty Level 86.5%
% Below Poverty Level 13.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.2%
% Using Public Transportation 3%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,023
Median House Value $64,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 57.2%
US/American 0.1%
English 3%
Irish 7.6%

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

Harper Woods Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles SW of St. Clair Shores, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 9 miles NE of Detroit, Michigan
County Wayne
Standard Zip Codes 48225
Phone Area Codes 313
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.433
Longitude -82.924

Harper Woods 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 GROSSE POINTE FARMS
Distance 3.1 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 57 F
Jul Temp 64 to 83 F
Oct Temp 45 to 62 F
Annual Precip 33.9 inches
Station DETROIT CITY AP
Distance 4.5 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
Station DETROIT METRO AP
Distance 25.1 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Eastpointe 32,585 $49,297
Grosse Pointe 5,295 $131,250
Grosse Pointe Farms 9,307 $130,116
Grosse Pointe Park 11,343 $125,737
Grosse Pointe Woods 15,859 $106,359

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

Harper Woods Public Libraries

Library
Harper Woods Public Library
19601 HARPER
Harper Woods, Michigan
(313) 343-2575

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Harper Woods High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

HARPER WOODS SECONDARY SCHOOL
20225 BEACONSFIELD STREET
313-839-7400
Serves 550 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.3

HEART ACADEMY
19800 ANITA
313-882-4631
A Charter School.
Serves 240 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

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