Inkster, Michigan

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Inkster is a city in Wayne County of the U.S. state of Michigan. At the 2000 census, the city population was 30,115. It is one of the few suburbs in Metro Detroit whose population is majority African American.



The area was first settled by non-indigenous people in 1825. A post office named "Moulin Rouge" was established there in December 1857. Robert Inkster, a Scotsman born March 27, 1828, in Lerwick, Shetland,[3] operated a steam sawmill on present-day Inkster Road near Michigan Avenue in the early 1860s.

The post office was renamed Inkster in July 1863. The village had a station on the Michigan Central Railroad by 1878. It incorporated as a village in 1926 and as a city in 1964.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.3 square miles (16.2 km²), all land.


At the 2000 census[1], there were 30,115 people, 11,169 households and 7,460 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,808.1 per square mile (1,857.4/km²). There were 12,013 housing units at an average density of 1,918.0/sq mi (740.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 25.14% White, 67.51% African American, 0.41% Native American, 3.42% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.74% from other races, and 2.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.60% of the population.

There were 11,169 households, of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.0% were married couples living together, 26.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.26.

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