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Statistics and Facts of Trenton Michigan

The "founder" of Trenton is considered to be Abram Caleb Truax, a member of the territorial militia in attendance when General William Hull surrendered Detroit to the British General Isaac Brock early in the War of 1812. After the war in 1816, Truax acquired a large tract of land in the Michigan Territory along the Detroit River from the U.S. government and constructed a sawmill, church and store in what is today downtown Trenton. When Territorial Governor Lewis Cass organized Monguagon Township in 1827, Truax became the first Township Supervisor. He laid out the village of Truaxton in 1834. A post office had been established there named "Monguago" in 1828 with Truax as the first postmaster. The post office name was changed to "Truago" in 1837, and to "Trenton" in 1847, after a type of limestone mined from a local quarry. The village was platted and recorded under the name Trenton in 1850 by Abram's son and daughter George Brigham Truax and Sophia Slocum, the wife of industrialist Giles Slocum. The Slocum family estate was given to the county, becoming what is known as Elizabeth Park, named after Elizabeth Slocum.

In 1834 an industrialist, Giles Bryan Slocum, constructed a dock, making Trenton a major hub of steamboat traffic. In 1846, Capt. Arthur Edwards founded the Detroit & Cleveland Steamboat Company in Trenton. Through the late 1880s Trenton, like several Downriver communities, was known for its extensive shipyards.

Trenton incorporated as a village in 1855.

A Detroit businessman and later Michigan's first U.S. attorney, Solomon Sibley, started a limestone quarry near Trenton, near what is today Fort Street and Sibley Road. Materials from the quarry were used to construct structures in Detroit, most notably Fort Detroit along the Detroit River. The quarry was later sold to Austin Church who used limestone to make baking soda, which he sold under his family's nameplate, Arm & Hammer. In 1900 the quarry was the site of the Sibley Quarry Explosion.

Through the late 1880s and even early 1900s, Trenton prospered because it was roughly a days journey between both Detroit and Monroe, Michigan, which meant people travelling between the two cities would have to stop overnight in Trenton.

Trenton annexed the village of Sibley (along the modern Riverview border) in 1929, extending the city's northern boundary to modern-day Sibley Road. Trenton incorporated as a city in 1957.

Notable people from Trenton
Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara Bush lived briefly in Trenton in 1945 while Bush was stationed at nearby Naval Air Station Grosse Ile
Bradley A. Smith Law professor, A Clinton appointee to the Federal Election Commission, and one of the nation's foremost experts on campaign finance, was born and raised in Trenton, elected Senior Class President, and graduated Trenton High in 1976
Mary Lynn Rajskub, comedian and actress, was born and raised in Trenton, graduating from Trenton High School in 1989
J.J. Putz, a relief pitcher for the Seattle Mariners, was raised in Trenton, graduating from Trenton High School in 1995
Comedian Tim Slagle was raised in Trenton, and graduated from Trenton High in 1976
Psychobilly frontman Jim Leedy, of the cult band Elvis Hitler, was born and raised in Trenton, and graduated from Trenton High in 1979
Radio host Kelly Rinne WRCJ graduated from Trenton High in 1983
Steven Ward, a member of the 2002 Colavita Professional Cycling Team, was born and raised in Trenton, graduating from Trenton High School in 1990
Donald M. Dickinson, U.S. Postmaster General under President Grover Cleveland was a resident of Trenton
Former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) champion Kevin Nash was born in Trenton
Former NHLer Larry Depalma is from Trenton
Andy Greene, a defenseman for the New Jersey Devils, was born in Trenton on October 30, 1982 and graduted from Trenton High School in 2001

Wayne County

Population in July 2007: 18,512. Population change since 2000: -3.1%
Males: 8,816 (47.6%)
Females: 9,696 (52.4%)

Median resident age: 41.5 years
Michigan median age: 35.5 years

Zip codes: 48183

Estimated median household income in 2007: $51,625 (it was $49,566 in 2000)
Trenton: $51,625
Michigan: $47,950

Estimated median house or condo value in 2007: $190,250 (it was $133,300 in 2000)
Trenton: $190,250
Michigan: $153,100

Mean prices in 2007: All housing units: $188,710; Detached houses: $201,304; Townhouses or other attached units: $125,955; In 2-unit structures: $99,300; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $136,795; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $119,780; Mobile homes: $25,917

2008 cost of living index in Trenton: 88.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Ancestries: German (21.9%), Polish (16.0%), Irish (15.7%), English (12.9%), French (9.5%), Italian (9.2%)

Land area: 7.30 square miles. Population density: 2536 people per square mile (average)

For population 25 years and over in Trenton
High school or higher: 86.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher: 20.0%
Graduate or professional degree: 7.9%
Unemployed: 4.1%

Mean travel time to work: 22.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Trenton city
Never married: 20.8%
Now married: 60.1%
Separated: 0.6%
Widowed: 8.5%
Divorced: 9.9%

774 residents are foreign born
This city: 4.0%
Michigan: 5.3%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Trenton: 1.8% ($2,402)
Michigan: 1.3% ($1,461)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Taylor, MI (7.1 miles, pop. 65,868)

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Detroit, MI (17.6 miles, pop. 951,270)

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (231.4 miles, pop. 2,896,016)

Nearest cities: Grosse Ile, MI (1.4 miles), Woodhaven, MI (1.5 miles), Riverview, MI (1.5 miles), Gibraltar, MI (1.9 miles), Southgate, MI (2.1 miles), Flat Rock, MI (2.2 miles), Wyandotte, MI (2.2 miles), Rockwood, MI (2.3 miles)

Latitude: 42.14 N, Longitude: 83.20 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +2,537 (+13.0%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 1,967 (22.0%)

Area code: 734

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in 2006: 42 (41 officers)
Officers per 1,000 residents here: 2.21
US city average: 3.00

Hospitals/medical centers in Trenton:

Other hospitals/medical centers near Trenton:

Amtrak stations near Trenton:
12 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.
17 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 Trenton:
12 miles: Fermi 2 in Newport, MI

Local government website:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Trenton:
WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY (about 8 miles; DETROIT, MI; Full-time enrollment: 20,389)
MARYGROVE COLLEGE (about 8 miles; DETROIT, MI; FT enrollment: 5,301)
UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT MERCY (about 8 miles; DETROIT, MI; FT enrollment: 4,119)
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)

Public high school in Trenton:
Trenton High School (Students: 1001; Location: 2601 CHARLTON ROAD; Grades: 9 - 12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Trenton:
Boyd W. Arthurs Middle School (Students: 692; Location: 4000 MARIAN DRIVE; Grades: 6 - 8)
Jesse L. Anderson Elementary School (Students: 531; Location: 2600 HARRISON AVENUE; Grades: KG - 5)
Richard C. Hedke Elementary School (Students: 342; Location: 3201 MARIAN DRIVE; Grades: KG - 5)
William C. Taylor Elementary School (Students: 316; Location: 3700 BENSON ROAD; Grades: KG - 5)
Claud O. Owen Elementary School (Students: 293; Location: 2271 GRANGE ROAD; Grades: KG - 5)

Private elementary/middle school in Trenton:
ST JOSEPH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 205; Location: 2675 THIRD STREET; Grades: KG - 8)

Average household size:
This city: 2.4 people
Michigan: 2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This city: 68.7%
Whole state: 68.0%

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2007:
This city: 5.1%
Whole state: 10.5%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2007:
This city: 2.2%
Whole state: 4.8%

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