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Eastpointe, Michigan
—  City  —
Location of Eastpointe, Michigan
Coordinates: 42°27′58″N 82°56′47″W / 42.46611°N 82.94639°W / 42.46611; -82.94639
Country United States
State Michigan
County Macomb
Government
 - Mayor Suzanne Pixley
Area
 - Total 5.1 sq mi (13.2 km2)
 - Land 5.1 sq mi (13.2 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 614 ft (187 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 34,077
 Density 6,678.8/sq mi (2,578.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 48021
Area code(s) 586
FIPS code 26-24290[1]
GNIS feature ID 1623024[2]

Eastpointe (formerly East Detroit) is a city in Macomb County of the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 34,077. Eastpointe forms a part of the Metro Detroit area. It is an 8 Mile City.

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History

The community was first settled by Irish and German immigrants in the 1830s. In October 1897, a Post Office was established there with the name of "Half-way", as it was near the halfway point of the stage run between downtown Detroit and the Macomb County seat at Mount Clemens. It incorporated as the village of Halfway in December 1924 and reincorporated as the City of East Detroit in January 1929. The city changed its name to "Eastpointe" after a vote in 1992; the name change had been proposed to remove any perceived association with the adjacent city of Detroit; the "-pointe" is intended to associate the city instead with the nearby affluent communities of the Grosse Pointes. Prior to 1924, most of the community formed a part of Erin Township.

The city's school district was unaffected by the municipal name change, and still is called East Detroit Public Schools. It has one high school (East Detroit High School), one alternative high school, two middle schools, and six elementary schools. East Detroit Public Schools serves Macomb County residents, whose primary district boundaries encompass the City of Eastpointe and the southeastern portion of the City of Warren. The high school produced a number of professional football players, including Gary Ballman, Ron Kramer and Mickey Walker.

Politics

Eastpointe is a Michigan home-rule city and operates under the council-manager form of government.[1] The city's mayor and four council members are elected at large to four-year staggered terms, and Suzanne Pixley is the current Mayor of Eastpointe (November 2007). Three City Council seats will be up for re-election in November 2009. [2] Darwin Parks was selected by the city council in August 2006 to serve as city manager.[3]

Entertainment/Recreation

Eastpointe has many summer festivals and events, including Erin-Halfway Days Living History Festival held at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park in late July (http://www.erin-halfwaydays.org), Music in the Park Wednesday nights at Spindler Park, and Summer Fest, formerly known as The Ox Roast, mid to late August at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park.

Cruisin' Gratiot in June is an annual, week long celebration of automotive history, tradition and memorabilia. The event includes car shows, contests, and live music [4].

Eastpointe is generally considered to be a bedroom community. It is nevertheless a relatively short drive from many other points of interest in the Detroit area. It is served by I-94 and I-696, as well as Gratiot Avenue, 8 Mile Road, and 9 Mile Road

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13.2 km²), all land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 34,077 people, 13,595 households, and 8,959 families residing in the city. The population density was 6,678.8 per square mile (2,579.8/km²). There were 13,965 housing units at an average density of 2,737.0/sq mi (1,057.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.13% White, 4.70% African-American, 0.42% Native American, 0.87% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.33% of the population.

There were 13,595 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 32.3% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $46,261, and the median income for a family was $54,895. Males had a median income of $41,449 versus $28,095 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,665. About 4.2% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.5% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.

Economy

At one time Spirit Airlines had its headquarters in Eastpointe. The headquarters moved to Miramar, Florida in November 1999.[3]

Education

East Detroit Public Schools operates public schools in Eastpointe. The southeastern corner of the city is served by South Lake Public Schools.

Sources

  • Eastpointe History, City website retrieved January 20, 2006
  • Romig, Walter. Michigan Place Names. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1986.

References

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Coordinates: 42°28′06″N 82°57′20″W / 42.46833°N 82.95556°W / 42.46833; -82.95556








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