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Lincoln Park Michigan
—  City  —
Nickname(s): Crossroads of Downriver
Location in Wayne County and the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°14′37″N 83°10′51″W / 42.24361°N 83.18083°W / 42.24361; -83.18083
Country United States
State Michigan
County Wayne
 - Mayor Frank Vaslo
 - Total 5.8 sq mi (15 km2)
 - Land 5.9 sq mi (15.2 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 587 ft (179 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 40,008
 - Density 6,834.9/sq mi (2,639.0/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 48146
Area code(s) 313
FIPS code 26-47800[1]
GNIS feature ID 0630462[2]

Lincoln Park is a city in Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It lies in an area of cities and communities known as Downriver. The population was 40,008 at the 2000 census. The settlement was organized as a village in 1921, and reorganized as a city in 1925. The area was originally home to the Potawatomi Indians who ceded the land to a French settler, Pierre St. Cosme in 1776. It developed as a bedroom community providing homes to workers in the nearby steel mills and automobile plants of the Detroit area while having no industry within its bounds.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total of 5.8 square miles (15.2 km²), all land. The north and south branches of the Ecorse River run through Lincoln Park and join just before leaving the city.

Lincoln Park borders the cities of Detroit, Allen Park, Melvindale, Ecorse, Wyandotte and Southgate.


Pontiac's council

Long before Lincoln Park was incorporated as a city, an area adjacent to Ecorse River was the site of a pivotal meeting during Pontiac's Rebellion. On April 27, 1763, a council of several American Indian tribes from the Detroit region listened to a speech from the Ottawa leader Pontiac. Pontiac urged the listeners to join him in a surprise attack on Fort Detroit, which they attempted on May 9. Today, the area is known as Council Point Park, and a small engraved boulder marks the site of the historic meeting.

Preston Tucker, famous for his controvertial financing and development of the revolutionary 1948 Tucker Sedan, grew up in Lincoln park in the early 1900's. Tucker joined the Lincoln Park Police Department in his early years to gain access to the high performance cars the department used. Tucker is the subject of the 1988 movie Tucker: The Man and His Dream.

Lincoln Park gained brief notoriety in 1999 when the school board enacted a new dress code intended to keep out gang symbology and colors. However, included among the prohibited paraphernalia were any items related to the "pagan" or "goth" lifestyle/fashion sense, including most notably, representations of the pentagram. The decision sparked animosity between the administration and the students and teachers, who generally saw it as an excessive measure given gang activity in the school had been largely eliminated in the late 1980s. This animosity culminated in legal action against the school initiated by the ACLU, on behalf of a Crystal Seifferly, a 17 year old high school student who self-identified as a practicing pagan. Under mounting pressure from the courts and media, the administration formally made an exception in the policy for practicing witches, though informally it dropped the matter. [3] [4] [5] [6]

As of September 2006, the same school board has since again made another attempt, banning clothing with any writing.

On February 20, 2001, another Lincoln Park student with an interest in Wicca, Tempest Smith, would hang herself after being bullied in the middle school.[7]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 40,008 people, 16,204 households, and 10,581 families residing in the city. The population density was 6,834.9 per square mile (2,640.5/km²). There were 16,821 housing units at an average density of 2,873.7/sq mi (1,110.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.26% White, 2.06% African American, 0.53% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 1.82% from other races, and 1.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.39% of the population.

There were 16,204 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.7% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 32.7% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,515, and the median income for a family was $49,747. Males had a median income of $40,197 versus $26,549 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,140. About 6.1% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.3% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.


The city's education system is served by the Lincoln Park Public Schools, primarily serving its 9,700 people under the age of 18. The district includes Lincoln Park High School, Lincoln Park Middle School, as well as eight different elementary schools.


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