Redford Township, Michigan

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Redford Charter Township is a charter township in Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan and a suburb of Detroit. The population was 51,622 at the 2000 census.

The township had initially been created as Richland Township by an act of the Michigan Territorial Legislature October 20, 1829, along with Lima Township out of Bucklin Township. The legislature overlooked legislation it had passed earlier on April 12, 1827, that prohibited the incorporation of any new township with the same name as any existing post office. Governor Lewis Cass returned the acts unapproved, citing a conflict under the law. The legislature thus had to substitute the names of Nankin Township and Pekin Township after the cities of Nanking and Peking in China. The name Pekin was changed to Redford in 1833. The name Redford was chosen because French fur trappers forded the River Rouge in the same area as Redford. Thus, the name Rouge-"Red"-Ford.



Redford Township, Michigan is a western suburb of Detroit. According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 11.2 square miles (29.1 km²), all land. The upper River Rouge flows through the Lola Valley Park in the township.


The U.S. Census Bureau has also defined Redford Township as a census-designated place (CDP) in the 2000 Census so that the community would appear on the list of places (like cities and villages) as well on the list of county subdivisions (like other townships). The final statistics for the township and the CDP are identical.

In the 1950s and 1960s Redford Township's population approached 80,000 people making it the largest township in the world.

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 51,622 people, 20,182 households, and 13,582 families residing in the township. The population density was 4,597.4 per square mile (1,774.8/km²). There were 20,605 housing units at an average density of 1,835.1/sq mi (708.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 87.98% White, 8.54% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.02% of the population.

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