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Overview

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.

History

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.

Transportation

The city is served by the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Demographics

People

Total Population82,218
Male Share of the Population46.9%
Female Share of the Population53.1%
Senior Citizens15.4%
Employed Population 16+39,143
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married39.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.9%
Median Earnings25+$35,115
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,152
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,498

Wealth

Median Family Income$60,168
% Above Poverty Level85.1%
% Below Poverty Level14.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.2%
% Using Public Transportation0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone36%
Median Gross Rent$826
Median House Value$96,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)35.2%
German14.7%
Irish11.8%
Polish10.8%
English6.6%
Italian4.2%
French Except Basque2.8%
Scottish2.1%
Canadian1.8%
Arab1.5%
Finnish1.4%
Hungarian1.3%
Albanian1.1%
Dutch1.1%
Swedish1%
African0.9%
Russian0.7%
Norwegian0.6%
Maltese0.5%
Welsh0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Romanian0.4%
Lithuanian0.3%
Czech0.3%
Palestinian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Nigerian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
US/American0.2%
West Indian0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Westland Almanac

CategoryValue
County Wayne County
Standard Zip Codes48185, 48186
Phone Area Codes248,313,734
Time ZoneAmerica/Detroit
Approximate Latitude42.33
Approximate Longitude-83.38

Westland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationDETROIT METRO AP
Distance7.2 miles
Jan Temp18 to 31 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp64 to 83 F
Oct Temp43 to 61 F
Annual Precip32.8 inches
StationANN ARBOR UNIV OF MICH
Distance16.3 miles
Jan Temp17 to 30 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 61 F
Annual Precip35.3 inches
StationMILAN 4 ESE
Distance21 miles
Jan Temp15 to 31 F
Apr Temp35 to 59 F
Jul Temp58 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 63 F
Annual Precip30.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Belleville3,896$67,697
Garden City27,009$64,045
Inkster24,738$39,023
Livonia94,849$86,130
Plymouth8,956$103,438
Wayne17,143$47,834

Westland Public Libraries

William P. Faust Public Library Of Westland
6123 CENTRAL CITY PARKWAY
Westland, Michigan
(734) 326-6123

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Westland Public Schools

Cooper Upper Elementary School
28550 Ann Arbor Trl
ZIP: 48185
(734) 744-2710
Middle
Total Enrollment 713
Hayes Elementary School
30600 Louise St
ZIP: 48185
(734) 744-2725
Primary
Total Enrollment 386
John Glenn High School
36105 Marquette St
ZIP: 48185
(734) 419-2323
High
Total Enrollment 1840
Johnson Upper Elementary School
8400 North Hix Rd
ZIP: 48185
(734) 744-2740
Middle
Total Enrollment 525
Thomas A. Edison Elem. School
34505 Hunter Ave
ZIP: 48185
(734) 419-2600
Primary
Total Enrollment 449
Universal Learning Academy
28015 Joy Rd
ZIP: 48185
(734) 402-5900
Other
Total Enrollment 702
W.w. Wayne Skill Center
8075 Ritz Ave
ZIP: 48185
(734) 744-2810
High
Total Enrollment 130
Wildwood Elementary School
500 North Wildwood St
ZIP: 48185
(734) 419-2790
Primary
Total Enrollment 513
Adams Upper Elementary School
33475 Palmer Rd
ZIP: 48186
(734) 419-2380
Primary
Total Enrollment 786
Adlai Stevenson Middle School
38501 Palmer Rd
ZIP: 48186
(734) 419-2350
Middle
Total Enrollment 821
Albert Schweitzer Elementary School
2601 Treadwell St
ZIP: 48186
(734) 419-2750
Primary
Total Enrollment 387
Alexander Hamilton Elementary School
1031 South Schuman St
ZIP: 48186
(734) 419-2650
Primary
Total Enrollment 480
American International Academy
300 Henry Ruff Road
ZIP: 48186
(734) 895-7974
Primary
Total Enrollment 381
Eugene B. Elliott Elem. School
30800 Bennington St
ZIP: 48186
(734) 419-2610
Primary
Total Enrollment 400
John Marshall Upper Elementary School
35100 Bayview St
ZIP: 48186
(734) 419-2277
Primary
Total Enrollment 822
P.d. Graham Elementary School
1255 South John Hix St
ZIP: 48186
(734) 419-2620
Primary
Total Enrollment 397
Tinkham Alternative Education
450 South Venoy Rd
ZIP: 48186
(734) 419-2436
High
Total Enrollment 67
Wayne-westland Adult And Community Education
450 South Venoy Rd
ZIP: 48186
(734) 419-2427
High
Total Enrollment 110

Westland Private Schools

Huron Valley Lutheran High School
33740 Cowan Rd
ZIP: 48185
Secondary
Total Enrollment 82
Lutheran High School Westland
33300 Cowan Rd
ZIP: 48185
Secondary
Total Enrollment 205
St Damian School
29891 Joy Rd
ZIP: 48185
Elementary
Total Enrollment 126
St Matthew Lutheran School
5885 N Venoy Rd
ZIP: 48185
Elementary
Total Enrollment 154
St John's Lutheran School
2602 S Wayne Rd
ZIP: 48186
Elementary
Total Enrollment 67
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