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Community Profile

Henry Form Historial Mural

Highland Park is a community rich in heritage. It is the birthplace of the Model T, mass production and the first paved mile of highway. Like many communities across America, Highland Park is discovering new possibilities as it reinvents itself in the post-industrial age. Over $300 million in new commercial, industrial and residential development has been invested in the city in the last decade, positioning Highland Park as a vibrant community for the future.

There are 300 businesses in Highland Park which benefit from the city's central location to metro Detroit. Highland Park boasts immediate access to three major expressways - the Chrysler (I-75), Lodge (M-10), and Davison (M-8) - as well as Woodward Avenue, Michigan's main street and National Scenic Byway, which runs through the city.

New commercial possibilities along Woodward allow businesses to join 35 other national and regional retailers successfully operating in thriving Highland Park Place and the Model T Plaza, national models of urban redevelopment.

Date Incorporated, 1918
Area (Square Miles), 2.96

Total Population 16, 746
Under 18 years 29.1%
18 to 34 21.7%
35 to 64 34.7%
65 and over 14.5%
Median Age (2000) 34.5

(US Census)

Population by Decade

Households 6,199
Person per Household 2.6
Housing Units 7,249
Vacant Units 1,050
Owner Occupied Units 38.6%
Renter Occupied Units 61.4%
Single Parent Households 1,267
Two Parent Households 441
Median Housing Value $49,800
Range of 2003 Sales $50,000 to $159,500
National Historic Districts
Medbury-Grovelawn, Highland Heights

(HP Devco, Inc.)

High School graduate or higher 64%
2003 Enrollment (K-12) 3,930

(Highland Park School District)

Note: All data from Census 2000 unless otherwise noted.

Employment Profile
Labor Force 6,525
Unemployment Rate 22%

(Michigan Dept. of Career Development)

Major Employers
Calumet Center
Diversified Chemical
Eastown Distributors
General Wine & Liquor
Guardian Armored Security
JL Automotive
Lakeshore Engineering
Micro Rim
Park Geriatric Village
Ryder Integrated Logistics
School District of Highland Park
Snethkamp Chrysler Jeep
Wayne Metro Community Action Agency
(HP Devco, Inc.)

Per Capita Income, $12,121
Median Houshold Income, $17,737
(4th lowest in Michigan)

Local Tax Rates - 2004
Residents, 2%
Non-Residents, 1%
Homestead, 50.54 mills/$1,000
Non-Homestead, 68.54 mills/$1,000

For More Information
HP Devco, Inc., (313) 252-0353
City of Highland Park, (313) 252-0050

Document Sources
HP Devco, Inc., "Highland Park Community Profile"
School District of the City of Highland Park, "Demographics"

November 23-24
City offices/Court closed

December 8
BOR Deadline

Non-emergency Services
Police:(313) 852-7338
Fire:(313) 852-3221