Statistics and Facts of Harper Woods Michigan
Harper Woods was incorporated as a city on February 19, 1951 when the residents of Gratiot Township voted to incorporate as the City of Harper Woods. A Charter Commission was elected, a charter prepared and adopted, and a City Council elected. The City of Harper Woods came into existence on October 29, 1951 when the charter took effect and the first City Council was sworn in.
According to the city's website, the City of Harper Woods was so named because it was then a wooded area and because its main thoroughfare was Harper Avenue (named for Walter Harper, founder of the nearby Harper Hospital in Detroit).
The fledgling suburb faced the usual problems confronting new cities: schools, streets, sidewalks, water systems, drains, etc.... In 1956, Harper Woods was the subject of a community service study by the Bureau of Government, Institute of Public Administration, at the University of Michigan.
The development of Harper Woods reflected the growth of metropolitan Detroit. In 1955, the I-94 Expressway Route (which bi-sects the eastern part of the suburb) was approved, and construction on the Eastland Shopping Center began soon after. Eastland Center, one of the first out-door malls in the Midwest, opened in 1957. Harper Woods continued to develop and grow over the decades. In 2001, Harper Woods celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Population (year 2000): 14,254. Estimated population in July 2006: 13,392 (-6.0% change)
Males: 6,614 (46.4%)
Females: 7,640 (53.6%)
Median resident age: 38.2 years
Michigan median age: 35.5 years
Zip codes: 48225
Estimated median household income in 2005: $46,900 (it was $46,769 in 2000)
Harper Woods $46,900
Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $148,500 (it was $108,600 in 2000)
Harper Woods $148,500
Ancestries: German (19.9%), Irish (16.1%), Polish (15.0%), Italian (14.2%), English (7.8%), French (6.1%).
Elevation: 580 feet
Land area: 2.58 square miles. Population density: 5257 people per square mile (average).
For population 25 years and over in Harper Woods
High school or higher: 84.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher: 28.0%
Graduate or professional degree: 10.3%
Mean travel time to work: 24.9 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Harper Woods city
Never married: 26.4%
Now married: 50.6%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Harper Woods: 2.0% ($2,218)
Michigan: 1.3% ($1,461)
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: St. Clair Shores, MI (4.0 miles, pop. 63,096).
Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Detroit, MI (12.7 miles, pop. 951,270).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (329.3 miles, pop. 2,896,016).
Nearest cities: Grosse Pointe Woods, MI (1.8 miles), Eastpointe, MI (2.4 miles), Grosse Pointe Farms, MI (2.8 miles), Grosse Pointe Shores, MI (3.1 miles), Grosse Pointe, MI (3.4 miles), St. Clair Shores, MI (4.0 miles), Grosse Pointe Park, MI (4.0 miles), Roseville, MI (4.6 miles).
Latitude: 42.44 N, Longitude: 82.92 W
Daytime population change due to commuting: -2,387 (-16.7%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 552 (8.2%)
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in 2006: 37 (33 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here: 2.43
US city average: 3.00
Hospitals/medical centers near Harper Woods:
ST JOHN HOSPITAL & MEDICAL CTR (about 2 miles; DETROIT, MI)
COTTAGE HOSPITAL (about 2 miles; GROSSE POINTE FARMS, MI)
BON SECOURS HOSPITAL (about 4 miles; GROSSE POINTE, MI)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Harper Woods:
DETROIT CITY (about 6 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DET)
DETROIT METROPOLITAN WAYNE COUNTY (about 34 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DTW)
OAKLAND COUNTY INTERNATIONAL (about 37 miles; PONTIAC, MI; ID: PTK)
Other public-use airports nearest to Harper Woods:
COBO HALL (about 12 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: 84G)
BERZ-MACOMB (about 15 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: UIZ)
OAKLAND/TROY (about 18 miles; TROY, MI; ID: 7D2)
Amtrak stations near Harper Woods:
9 miles: WINDSOR (298 WALKER RD.). Services: ticket office.
12 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.
16 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.
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Harper Woods:
MACOMB COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 8 miles; WARREN, MI; Full-time enrollment: 11,057)
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX-DETROIT CAMPUS (about 20 miles; TROY, MI; FT enrollment: 2,090)
WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY (about 21 miles; DETROIT, MI; FT enrollment: 20,389)
MARYGROVE COLLEGE (about 21 miles; DETROIT, MI; FT enrollment: 5,301)
WAYNE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT (about 21 miles; DETROIT, MI; FT enrollment: 4,414)
UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT MERCY (about 21 miles; DETROIT, MI; FT enrollment: 4,119)
LAWRENCE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (about 21 miles; SOUTHFIELD, MI; FT enrollment: 2,479)
Public high schools in Harper Woods:
HARPER WOODS SECONDARY SCHOOL (Students: 550; Location: 20225 BEACONSFIELD STREET; Grades: 07 - 12)
HEART ACADEMY (Students: 240; Location: 19800 ANITA; Grades: 09 - 12)
Private high schools in Harper Woods:
REGINA HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 752; Location: 20200 KELLY ROAD; Grades: 9 - 12; Girls only)
NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 459; Location: 20254 KELLY ROAD; Grades: 9 - 12; Boys only)
LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL EAST (Students: 222; Location: 20100 KELLY ROAD; Grades: 9 - 12)
BISHOP GALLAGHER HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 209; Location: 19360 HARPER; Grades: 9 - 12)
Public elementary/middle schools in Harper Woods:
CHARLES A. POUPARD ELEM. SCHOOL (Students: 343; Location: 20655 LENNON; Grades: KG - 05)
BEACON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 338; Location: 19475 BEACONFIELD STREET; Grades: PK - 03)
TYRONE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 265; Location: 19525 TYRONE STREET; Grades: 04 - 06)
Private elementary/middle schools in Harper Woods:
ST PETER THE APOSTLE CATHOLIC (Students: 247; Location: 19800 ANITA; Grades: PK - 8)
OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE SCHOOL (Students: 193; Location: 13390 HARPER; Grades: KG - 8)
Library in Harper Woods:
HARPER WOODS PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $387,500; Location: 19601 HARPER AVENUE; 46,305 books; 732 audio materials; 1,040 video materials; 128 serial subscriptions)
Average household size:
This city: 2.2 people
Michigan: 2.6 people
Percentage of family households:
This city: 59.7%
Whole state: 68.0%
Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city: 4.4%
Whole state: 5.3%
Residents with income below the poverty level in 1999:
This city: 5.1%
Whole state: 10.5%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 1999:
This city: 2.5%
Whole state: 4.8%