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Allen Park, Michigan
—  City  —
Location in Wayne County and the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°15′17″N 83°12′37″W / 42.25472°N 83.21028°W / 42.25472; -83.21028
Country United States
State Michigan
County Wayne
Government
 - Type Council-Manager
 - Mayor Gary J. Burtka
 - Administrator Eric C. Waidelich
Area
 - Total 7.0 sq mi (18.1 km2)
 - Land 7.0 sq mi (18.1 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 594 ft (181 m)
Population [1]
 - Total 27,616
 - Density 4,196/sq mi (1,617.6/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 48101-1952
Area code(s) 313
FIPS code 26-01380[2]
GNIS feature ID 0619983[3]

Allen Park is a city in Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 29,376. The suburb of Detroit was recognized in Money Magazine's list of America's Best Small Cities.[4] Allen Park is part of the collection of communities known as Downriver.

Ford Motor Company is an integral part of the community. Many of the company's offices and facilities lie within the city limits. Since 2002, Allen Park is the practice home of the Detroit Lions and is also the site of the team's headquarters.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.0 square miles (18.2 km²), all land.

History

Allen Park was incorporated as a village in 1927, and as a city in 1957.[5] It was named after Lewis Allen, a well-to-do lawyer and lumberman whose 276½ acres of land (primarily in Ecorse Township) included holdings in what are now Allen Park and Melvindale.[5] Hubert Champaign and Edward Pepper were two other early residents of the area.[5]

In 1950 Allen Park did not include the part of the city directly west of Melvindale, Michigan. This area was still part of Ecorse Township.[6]

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 29,376 people, 11,974 households, and 8,202 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,189.7 per square mile (1,618.0/km²). There were 12,254 housing units at an average density of 1,747.7/sq mi (674.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.60% White, 0.73% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.81% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.21% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.73% of the population. 14.9% were of Polish, 13.8% German, 10.7% Irish, 9.7% Italian, 7.3% English and 5.5% Hungarian ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 11,974 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $51,992, and the median income for a family was $63,350. Males had a median income of $50,143 versus $31,168 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,980. About 1.9% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.

Allen Park's population declined 2.1% to 28,762 by 2003.[1] A 2006 estimate said 27,616 people were living there.[1]

World's largest tire

The Uniroyal Tire in 2006.

Allen Park is home to the Uniroyal Tire, the world's largest tire.[7] The tire, moved from the 1964 New York World's Fair to Allen Park in 1966, is 80 feet (24 m) tall and weighs 12 tons. The tire is located off Interstate 94. This 12-ton, 80-foot-tall behemoth was built to withstand hurricane-force winds, and served as a ferris wheel (and a huge advertisement for Uniroyal) at the 1964–65 New York World's Fair. Twenty-four gondolas circled the tire where the treads are today, carrying nearly two million people.[7]

In 1998, Uniroyal stabbed the tire with the world's largest nail. The nail was 11 feet long and 250 pounds. This was done to promote their puncture-resistant Tiger Paw Nailgard tire. The big tire withstood the assault and the nail was eventually removed and given to Allen Park, which then put it up for sale on eBay in 2003 to raise money for a local historical society. The city hoped that someone would pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for the nail, the final price paid by local businessman Ralph Roberts was $3,000 (Roberts lends out the nail for local events).

Unity Studios

In 2009 it was announced that former Detroiter, Jimmy Lifton, was going to build a $146 million, 750,000-square-foot film, TV and media production studio factory and village on 104 acres of land off of Southfield Road and Enterprise Drive. The studio is expected to create at least 3,000 new jobs.

World Series of Bowling

In 2009, the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) announced that Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park would be the primary site for the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling. This unique event featured the first seven tournaments of the PBA's 2009-10 season all contested in the same area. One tournament (Motor City Open) was contested in nearby Taylor, MI, while the other six (including the PBA World Championship) took place at Thunderbowl. The 2009 events ran August 2-September 6, with the televised finals being taped by ESPN on September 5-6.[8]

Notable residents

Alice Cooper (born Vincent Furnier), musician

References

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Coordinates: 42°15′27″N 83°12′40″W / 42.2575°N 83.21111°W / 42.2575; -83.21111

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