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Statistics and Facts of Flat Rock Michigan

History
The first mention of any settlers in the area later to become Flat Rock was made by a French Priest named Father Jean Dilhet. In describing his parish in 1798 he included "Grosse Roche", referring to a settlement named after the outcropping of limestone rock on the south side of the Huron River.

In 1818, a land office opened in Detroit and Soloman Sibley purchased 330.93 acres of land. In 1824 it was sold to Michael and Jaob Vreeland. The Villages of Vreelandt and Smooth Rock were platted on part of this acerage. At this time there were Huron, Seneca, and Wyandot Indian villages in the area.

With the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, large numbers of people, especially ffrom New York, came to Michigan to settle. By 1828 the village had four stores, two saw mills, a wood carding mill, a flour mill, and 250 inhabitants - serving as a center mainly for farmers who lived in the area immediately surrounding the settlement.

The Village of Flat Rock was platted and recorded in 1838 by the Gibraltar and Flat Rock Land Co. They were attempting to build a canal to connect Lake Erie with Lake Michigan. This effort ultimately failed.

Henry Ford was attracted to the water power of the Huron River and in 1925 he established the Ford Motor Company Lamp Factory along its banks.

The area was incorporated as a village in 1923 and as a city in 1965. The City of Flat Rock today contains 6.68 square miles and the population in 2006 is approximately 10,000. While Flat Rock is a rapidly growing community today, even with its growth, it remains a unique "small town" with many of it's residents having roots reaching back to the 1800s.

Wayne County

Population in July 2007: 9,030. Population change since 2000: +8.6%
Males: 4,373 (48.4%)
Females: 4,657 (51.6%)

Median resident age: 32.8 years
Michigan median age: 35.5 years

Zip codes: 48134.

Estimated median household income in 2007: $45,915 (it was $44,084 in 2000)
Flat Rock: $45,915
Michigan: $47,950

Estimated median house or condo value in 2007: $152,001 (it was $106,500 in 2000)
Flat Rock: $152,001
Michigan: $153,100

Mean prices in 2007: All housing units: $153,960; Detached houses: $192,729; Townhouses or other attached units: $62,817; In 2-unit structures: $331,723; In 3 to 4-unit structures: $236,919; Mobile homes: $41,911

2008 cost of living index in Flat Rock: 86.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Ancestries: German (25.2%), Polish (14.6%), Irish (14.5%), French (9.8%), English (9.6%), United States (9.1%).

Land area: 6.70 square miles. Population density: 1348 people per square mile (low).

For population 25 years and over in Flat Rock
High school or higher: 83.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher: 12.0%
Graduate or professional degree: 4.0%
Unemployed: 4.5%

Mean travel time to work: 26.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Flat Rock city
Never married: 26.8%
Now married: 54.0%
Separated: 1.1%
Widowed: 6.0%
Divorced: 12.1%

199 residents are foreign born.
This city: 2.3%
Michigan: 5.3%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Flat Rock: 1.8% ($1,902)
Michigan: 1.3% ($1,461)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Taylor, MI (9.0 miles, pop. 65,868).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Detroit, MI (22.9 miles, pop. 951,270).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (303.3 miles, pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Rockwood, MI (2.8 miles), South Rockwood, MI (3.1 miles), Woodhaven, MI (3.3 miles), Gibraltar, MI (5.2 miles), Trenton, MI (6.0 miles), Riverview, MI (7.7 miles), Grosse Ile, MI (8.0 miles), Estral Beach, MI (8.4 miles).

Latitude: 42.10 N, Longitude: 83.27 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +502 (+5.9%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 620 (16.1%)

Area code: 734

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in 2006: 33 (27 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here: 2.99
US city average: 3.00

Hospitals/medical centers near Flat Rock:
OAKWOOD SOUTHSHORE MEDICAL CENTER (about 5 miles; TRENTON, MI)
RIVERSIDE OSTEOPATHIC HOSPITAL (about 5 miles; TRENTON, MI)
OAKWOOD HERITAGE HOSPITAL (about 9 miles; TAYLOR, MI)

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Flat Rock:
DETROIT METROPOLITAN WAYNE COUNTY (about 9 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DTW)
WILLOW RUN (about 20 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: YIP)
DETROIT CITY (about 28 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DET)

Other public-use airports nearest to Flat Rock:
GROSSE ILE MUNI (about 9 miles; DETROIT/GROSSE ILE, MI; ID: ONZ)
WICKENHEISER (about 9 miles; CARLETON, MI; ID: W87)
CUSTER (about 17 miles; MONROE, MI; ID: TTF)

Amtrak stations near Flat Rock:
15 miles: GREENFIELD VILLAGE (DEARBORN, 20900 OAKWOOD BLVD.)
16 miles: DEARBORN (16121 MICHIGAN AVE.). Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand.

Operable nuclear power plant near Flat Rock:
8 miles: Fermi 2 in Newport, MI.

Local government website: www.flatrockmi.org

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Flat Rock:
DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY-EASTERN REGION-DEARBORN (about 13 miles; DEARBORN, MI; Full-time enrollment: 2,247)
WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY (about 13 miles; DETROIT, MI; FT enrollment: 20,389)
MARYGROVE COLLEGE (about 13 miles; DETROIT, MI; FT enrollment: 5,301)
WAYNE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT (about 13 miles; DETROIT, MI; FT enrollment: 4,414)
UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT MERCY (about 13 miles; DETROIT, MI; FT enrollment: 4,119)
HENRY FORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 16 miles; DEARBORN, MI; FT enrollment: 6,572)
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DEARBORN (about 16 miles; DEARBORN, MI; FT enrollment: 5,574)

Public high school in Flat Rock:
Flat Rock Community High School (Students: 566; Location: 28100 ASPEN DRIVE; Grades: 9 - 12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Flat Rock:
Ethel C. Bobcean Elementary School (Students: 481; Location: 28300 EVERGREEN AVENUE; Grades: KG - 2)
Thomas Simpson Middle School (Students: 431; Location: 24900 MEADOWS AVENUE; Grades: 6 - 8)
John M. Barnes Elementary School (Students: 429; Location: 24925 MEADOWS AVENUE; Grades: 3 - 5)
Summit Academy School (Students: 407; Location: 30100 OLMSTEAD ROAD; Grades: KG - 8)
Flat Rock Community Building (prek) School (Location: 28639 DIVISION STREET; Grades: - )

Library in Flat Rock:
FLAT ROCK PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $534,713; Location: 25200 GILBRALTER ROAD; 30,067 books; 1,745 audio materials; 1,654 video materials; 113 serial subscriptions)

Average household size:
This city: 2.7 people
Michigan: 2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This city: 72.5%
Whole state: 68.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city: 6.2%
Whole state: 5.3%

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2007:
This city: 8.8%
Whole state: 10.5%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2007:
This city: 5.2%
Whole state: 4.8%

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