Statistics and Facts of Ferndale Michigan
Ferndale began as a bedroom community for Detroit workers about the time of World War I, with most of its growth in housing from 1920-1945. Before World War II there were trolley (interurban railroad) lines that ran in the median strip of Woodward Avenue from downtown Detroit out towards Pontiac. These helped the northern suburbs of Detroit grow as bedroom communities as people could just hop on the trolley to shop or work in Detroit.
Until the 1970s Ferndale was a typical American suburban community, a good place for families to raise children during the "Baby Boom" era, with many elementary schools serving a fast growing youth, a thriving downtown, city parks, active churches and civic groups. Ferndale even had its own community hospital (Ardmore Hospital) on 9 Mile Road at Livernois that closed in the 1970s. St. James Church had their own school for grades 1 through 12. The high school later closed, in late 1960s or early 1970s.
Lincoln Junior High on 9 Mile and Livernois was torn down in the 1970s to make room for a supermarket. It was formerly Lincoln High, the city high school, until the new and current Ferndale High was completed in 1958. Lincoln Junior High had been built in 1920 and was falling apart by the 1960s. By this time the population of school-aged children also was declining and more and more elementary schools closed or were consolidated. One elementary school took over as the city middle school after Lincoln was torn down. Recently the school district was again made over with impressive results in test scores. The gap between the disadvantaged and privileged children has closed in recent years.
Ferndale's downtown shopping area, 9 Mile Road, featured many busy, popular stores in the 1940s to 1960s, including: A & P Supermarket, State Supermarket (which later became Food Fair, and eventually Farmer Jack), Federal Department Store, Cunningham's Drugs, Hagelstein's Bakery, F & M Drugs (the first store in the chain), Sanders Bakery, Western Auto, several clothing and shoe stores, Ferndale Lanes (a 20-lane second-story bowling alley over a group of stores on 9 Mile west of Woodward), Kresge's, Woolworth's and Neisner "dime stores." A movie theater, Radio City, was located on Woodward, one block north of 9 Mile.
The city has recently experienced a dramatic revival of its downtown through the progressive policies implemented during the last ten years. Ferndale's downtown is formed by two major thoroughfares, Nine Mile Road and Woodward Avenue. Several years ago the City made the downtown more pedestrian friendly by narrowing West Nine Mile Road, the heart of the downtown, to one lane in each direction and adding on-street parking. The result has been a return of pedestrian traffic and an influx of new stores and restaurants. The city has continued to make itself more accessible to people by reducing traffic lanes on Hilton Road and Pinecrest Road, two major local north/south streets, and adding bicycle lanes.
A recently updated zoning ordinance has similarly led to some positive development in Ferndale as well as to one of the biggest resident uproars in recent Ferndale history. Ferndale residents were understandably concerned with the initial draft of the new zoning map meant to replace the former map which had not been revised since the 1960s. The multi-year process concluded with a final round of public hearings in which residents' concerns were noted and largely incorporated into the zoning map and ordinance. The City now encourages mixed retail and residential land uses along its major corridors resulting in renewed interest by developers. Many mid-rise, mixed use projects are under development. The city is currently experiencing a building boom with more new homes being built then at any time since the 1950s. The edgy, modern design of many of these buildings reflects the new reality of Ferndale as a center for the "creative class" in metropolitan Detroit.
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Population (year 2000): 22,105. Estimated population in July 2006: 21,312 (-3.6% change)
Males: 11,026 (49.9%)
Females: 11,079 (50.1%)
Median resident age: 33.5 years
Michigan median age: 35.5 years
Zip codes: 48220.
Estimated median household income in 2005: $47,200 (it was $45,629 in 2000)
Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $129,800 (it was $102,900 in 2000)
Ancestries: German (20.0%), Irish (16.1%), English (12.1%), Polish (11.1%), French (6.3%), Italian (5.5%).
Elevation: 649 feet
Land area: 3.88 square miles. Population density: 5530 people per square mile (average).
For population 25 years and over in Ferndale
High school or higher: 84.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher: 26.4%
Graduate or professional degree: 8.0%
Mean travel time to work: 21.6 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Ferndale city
Never married: 39.0%
Now married: 40.8%
1,129 residents are foreign born.
This city: 5.1%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Ferndale: 1.5% ($1,567)
Michigan: 1.3% ($1,461)
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Royal Oak, MI (3.3 miles, pop. 60,062).
Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Detroit, MI (5.4 miles, pop. 951,270).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (315.6 miles, pop. 2,896,016).
Nearest cities: Pleasant Ridge, MI (1.3 miles), Hazel Park, MI (2.1 miles), Huntington Woods, MI (3.1 miles), Madison Heights, MI (3.2 miles), Royal Oak, MI (3.3 miles), Oak Park, MI (3.5 miles), Highland Park, MI (4.4 miles), Berkley, MI (4.6 miles).
Latitude: 42.46 N, Longitude: 83.13 W
Daytime population change due to commuting: -2,998 (-13.6%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 1,647 (13.1%)
Area code commonly used in this area: 248
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in 2006: 56 (48 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here: 2.24
US city average: 3.00
Hospital/medical center in Ferndale:
HENRY FORD - KINGSWOOD HOSPITAL (10300 W EIGHT MILE ROAD)
Other hospitals/medical centers near Ferndale:
MADISON COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (about 4 miles; MADISON HEIGHTS, MI)
ST JOHN HEALTH SYSTEM OAKLAND GENERAL (about 4 miles; MADISON HEIGHTS, MI)
WILLIAM BEAUMONT HOSPITAL (about 5 miles; ROYAL OAK, MI)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Ferndale:
DETROIT CITY (about 10 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DET)
DETROIT METROPOLITAN WAYNE COUNTY (about 24 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DTW)
OAKLAND COUNTY INTERNATIONAL (about 24 miles; PONTIAC, MI; ID: PTK)
Other public-use airports nearest to Ferndale:
OAKLAND/TROY (about 6 miles; TROY, MI; ID: 7D2)
COBO HALL (about 12 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: 84G)
BERZ-MACOMB (about 18 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: UIZ)
Amtrak stations near Ferndale:
3 miles: ROYAL OAK (201 S. SHERMAN DR.). Services: enclosed waiting area, public payphones, vending machines, paid short-term parking, taxi stand, intercity bus service, public transit connection.
8 miles: BIRMINGHAM (449 S. ETON ST.). Services: public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, public transit connection.
8 miles: DETROIT (11 W. BALTIMORE AVE.). Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand, public transit connection.
Local government website: www.ferndale-mi.com
Colleges/Universities in Ferndale:
VIRGINIA FARRELL BEAUTY SCHOOL (Full-time enrollment: 124; Location: 22925 WOODWARD AVE; Private, for-profit; Website: virginiafarrell.com)
MICHIGAN HVAC VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTER (Location: 1521 E 8 MILE RD; Private, for-profit)
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Ferndale:
LAWRENCE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (about 7 miles; SOUTHFIELD, MI; Full-time enrollment: 2,479)
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX-DETROIT CAMPUS (about 10 miles; TROY, MI; FT enrollment: 2,090)
MACOMB COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 10 miles; WARREN, MI; FT enrollment: 11,057)
OAKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE-BLOOMFIELD HILLS CAMPUS (about 12 miles; BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI; FT enrollment: 11,634)
HENRY FORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 13 miles; DEARBORN, MI; FT enrollment: 6,572)
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DEARBORN (about 13 miles; DEARBORN, MI; FT enrollment: 5,574)
OAKLAND UNIVERSITY (about 15 miles; ROCHESTER HILLS, MI; FT enrollment: 11,424)
Public high schools in Ferndale:
FERNDALE HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,106; Location: 881 PINECREST STREET; Grades: 09 - 12)
JARDON VOCATIONAL SCHOOL (Students: 156; Location: 2200 E. WOODWARD HEIGHTS; Grades: 09 - 12)
Public elementary/middle schools in Ferndale:
ACADEMY OF OAK PARK (6-12) (Students: 1,471; Location: 21300 MENDOTA; Grades: KG - 12)
EDISON-OAKLAND PUBLIC SCHOOL ACADEMY (Students: 860; Location: 22111 WOODWARD AVENUE; Grades: KG - 06)
FERNDALE MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 576; Location: 725 PINECREST; Grades: 07 - 08)
COOLIDGE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL (Students: 389; Location: 2521 BERMUDA STREET; Grades: 05 - 06)
ROOSEVELT PRIMARY SCHOOL (Students: 388; Location: 2610 PINECREST DRIVE; Grades: KG - 02)
LEE O. CLARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 375; Location: 2500 MARTIN ROAD; Grades: KG - 06)
WILSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 265; Location: 1244 PAXTON STREET; Grades: 03 - 04)
THOMAS A. EDISON SCHOOL (Students: 62; Location: 1700 SHEVLIN STREET; Grades: UG - UG)
GRANT EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER (Students: 13; Location: 21131 GARDENLANE; Grades: PK - PK)
Private elementary/middle school in Ferndale:
FERNDALE MONTESSORI CENTER (Students: 67; Location: 400 WEST MARSHALL; Grades: PK - KG)
Libraries in Ferndale:
FERNDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $530,613; Location: 222 EAST NINE MILE ROAD; 91,191 books; 1,886 audio materials; 3,808 video materials; 177 serial subscriptions)
ROYAL OAK TOWNSHIP LIBRARY (Operating income: $38,355; Location: 21075 WYOMING AVENUE; 4,544 books; 48 audio materials; 4 video materials; 25 serial subscriptions)
Average household size:
This city: 2.2 people
Michigan: 2.6 people
Percentage of family households:
This city: 51.7%
Whole state: 68.0%
Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city: 8.1%
Whole state: 5.3%
Residents with income below the poverty level in 1999:
This city: 8.2%
Whole state: 10.5%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 1999:
This city: 2.8%
Whole state: 4.8%