River Rouge, Michigan

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River Rouge is a city in Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan and an industrial downriver suburb of Detroit. The population was 9,917 at the 2000 census. It is named after the River Rouge (or Rouge River from the French "Rouge" meaning red), which flows through a portion of the city into the Detroit River. The city includes the heavily industrialized Zug Island at the mouth of the River Rouge.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.8 km²), of which, 2.7 square miles (6.9 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²) of it (21.70%) is water. Of the land area, 0.93 mi square miles (2.4 km²) consists of Zug Island.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 9,917 people, 3,640 households, and 2,504 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,713.9 per square mile (1,434.1/km²). There were 4,080 housing units at an average density of 1,528.0/sq mi (590.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 52.58% White, 42.01% African American, 0.78% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.63% from other races, and 2.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.96% of the population.

There were 3,640 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.4% were married couples living together, 30.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.2% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.2% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.1 males.

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