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Statistics and Facts of Southgate Michigan

History
There are two accounts of the city's name: Southgate is described in local guides as being the "South Gate" or entrance to the Metro Detroit area. "A metropolitan daily picture story" in late 1956 also gave this explanation.

Southgate's first mayor, Thomas J. Anderson, also stated in 1956 that the name originated from the newly-built Southgate Shopping Center in the middle of the city. "We were trying to get a separate post office for our community, and were advised that it would help our cause if the township board passed a resolution creating an unincorporated village," Anderson explained. "The name Southgate was chosen because of the shopping center then under consideration, and the board agreed that it was an appropriate name. The resolution was adopted at a regular meeting in the early summer of 1953."

Thomas Anderson became the city's first mayor in 1958 after having been Ecorse Township's supervisor for the previous five years. Anderson also has the High School named after him.

Southgate was the last city to incorporate from the former Ecorse Township, gaining city status in October 1958. The city is bounded by Goddard Road to the north; M-85/Fort Street on the east, Pennsylvania Road to the south, and Allen Road to the west.

Southgate currently houses the headquarters and processing plant of The News-Herald, a local Downriver newspaper which covers over twenty surrounding communities. During the late 1950s and 1960s, The Southgate Sentinel, a Mellus newspaper, was published.

Southgate also houses Splash Park and the Downriver YMCA.Southgate also has the headquarters for ASC or American Speciality Cars.

Population in July 2007: 28,517. Population change since 2000: -3.6%
Males: 13,744 (48.2%)
Females: 14,773 (51.8%)

Median resident age: 38.5 years
Michigan median age: 35.5 years

Zip codes: 48195.

Estimated median household income in 2007: $48,877 (it was $46,927 in 2000)
Southgate: $48,877
Michigan: $47,950

Estimated median house or condo value in 2007: $154,998 (it was $108,600 in 2000)
Southgate: $154,998
Michigan: $153,100

Mean prices in 2007: All housing units: $162,182; Detached houses: $159,582; Townhouses or other attached units: $174,095; In 2-unit structures: $140,061; In 3 to 4-unit structures: $184,759; In 5 to 9-unit structures: $256,171; Mobile homes: $28,500

2008 cost of living index in Southgate: 87.9 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Ancestries: German (18.5%), Polish (15.2%), Irish (15.0%), English (8.8%), Italian (8.3%), French (8.0%).

Elevation: 591 feet

Land area: 6.86 square miles. Population density: 4160 people per square mile (average).

For population 25 years and over in Southgate
High school or higher: 80.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher: 12.7%
Graduate or professional degree: 3.6%
Unemployed: 4.9%

Mean travel time to work: 22.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Southgate city
Never married: 23.9%
Now married: 54.7%
Separated: 0.9%
Widowed: 9.0%
Divorced: 11.6%

1,704 residents are foreign born.
This city: 5.7%
Michigan: 5.3%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Southgate: 1.7% ($1,808)
Michigan: 1.3% ($1,461)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Taylor, MI (4.9 miles, pop. 65,868).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Detroit, MI (14.2 miles, pop. 951,270).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (308.9 miles, pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Riverview, MI (2.2 miles), Wyandotte, MI (2.5 miles), Lincoln Park, MI (2.9 miles), Allen Park, MI (3.5 miles), Trenton, MI (4.4 miles), Ecorse, MI (4.6 miles), Taylor, MI (4.9 miles), Melvindale, MI (5.4 miles).

Latitude: 42.21 N, Longitude: 83.20 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: -2,530 (-8.4%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 2,297 (16.2%)

Area code commonly used in this area: 734

Population change in the 1990s: -493 (-1.6%).

Unemployment in September 2007:
Here: 5.2%
Michigan: 7.0%

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in 2006: 48 (38 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here: 1.33
US city average: 3.00

Hospitals/medical centers near Southgate:
HENRY FORD WYANDOTTE HOSPITAL (about 2 miles; WYANDOTTE, MI)
SELECT SPECIALTY HOSPITAL-WYANDOTTE (about 2 miles; WYANDOTTE, MI)
KINDRED HOSPITAL - DETROIT (about 3 miles; LINCOLN PARK, MI)

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Southgate:
DETROIT METROPOLITAN WAYNE COUNTY (about 11 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DTW)
DETROIT CITY (about 20 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DET)
WILLOW RUN (about 23 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: YIP)

Other public-use airports nearest to Southgate:
GROSSE ILE MUNI (about 10 miles; DETROIT/GROSSE ILE, MI; ID: ONZ)
COBO HALL (about 14 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: 84G)
WICKENHEISER (about 18 miles; CARLETON, MI; ID: W87)

Amtrak stations near Southgate:
8 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.
8 miles: GREENFIELD VILLAGE (DEARBORN, 20900 OAKWOOD BLVD.)
15 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.

Operable nuclear power plant near Southgate:
16 miles: Fermi 2 in Newport, MI.

Colleges/Universities in Southgate:
DORSEY BUSINESS SCHOOLS (Full-time enrollment: 155; Location: 15755 NORTHLINE RD; Private, for-profit; Website: www.dorseyschools.com)
VIKING SCHOOL OF REAL ESTATE (Location: 14600 PENNSYLVANIA; Private, for-profit)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Southgate:
WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY (about 5 miles; DETROIT, MI; Full-time enrollment: 20,389)
MARYGROVE COLLEGE (about 5 miles; DETROIT, MI; FT enrollment: 5,301)
WAYNE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT (about 5 miles; DETROIT, MI; FT enrollment: 4,414)
UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT MERCY (about 5 miles; DETROIT, MI; FT enrollment: 4,119)
DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY-EASTERN REGION-DEARBORN (about 5 miles; DEARBORN, MI; FT enrollment: 2,247)
HENRY FORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 9 miles; DEARBORN, MI; FT enrollment: 6,572)
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DEARBORN (about 9 miles; DEARBORN, MI; FT enrollment: 5,574)

Public high schools in Southgate:
Southgate Anderson High School (Students: 1222; Location: 15475 LEROY STREET; Grades: 10 - 12)
Asher School (Students: 569; Location: 14101 LEROY STREET; Grades: 9 - 12)
Sp Education - Transitions School (Students: 14; Location: 14685 NORTHLINE ROAD; Grades: 9 - 12)

Private high school in Southgate:
AQUINAS HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 81; Location: 15601 NORTHLINE ROAD; Grades: 9 - 12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Southgate:
Davidson Middle School (Students: 845; Location: 15800 TRENTON ROAD; Grades: 8 - 9)
Geri Middle School (Students: 738; Location: 12601 MCCANN STREET; Grades: 6 - 7)
Creative Montessori Academy School (Students: 630; Location: 15100 NORTHLINE ROAD; Grades: KG - 8)
Grogan Elementary School (Students: 407; Location: 13300 BURNS STREET; Grades: KG - 5)
North Pointe Elementary School (Students: 385; Location: 18635 BOWIE DRIVE; Grades: KG - 5)
Shelters Elementary School (Students: 337; Location: 12600 FORDLINE STREET; Grades: KG - 5)
Allen Elementary School (Students: 331; Location: 16500 MCCANN ROAD; Grades: KG - 5)
Chormann Elementary School (Students: 297; Location: 15500 HOWARD; Grades: KG - 5)
Fordline Elementary School (Students: 291; Location: 14775 FORDLINE STREET; Grades: KG - 5)

Private elementary/middle schools in Southgate:
ST PIUS X (Students: 373; Location: 14141 PEARL ST; Grades: KG - 8)
CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN SCHOO (Students: 256; Location: 15600 TRENTON RD; Grades: PK - 8)
MONTESSORI CENTER OF DOWNRIVER (Students: 109; Location: 15500 HOWARD STREET; Grades: PK - KG)

Average household size:
This city: 2.3 people
Michigan: 2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This city: 62.7%
Whole state: 68.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city: 4.6%
Whole state: 5.3%

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2007:
This city: 4.6%
Whole state: 10.5%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2007:
This city: 1.8%
Whole state: 4.8%

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