Walled Lake, Michigan

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Walled Lake is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 6,713 at the 2000 census.


Origins of the name

The town's name is said to have been given by the first Euro-American settler, Walter Hewitt, in 1825. Upon his arrival, he noticed what appeared to be a stone wall along the lake's western bank, possibly constructed by earlier Potawatomi Indian tribes.[3]


Walled Lake was a village inhabited by Ojibwa and Potowatamie people until about 1830.[4] It appears that these people had relocated from an earlier village in the area that is today Southfield, Michigan.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.4 km²), of which, 2.3 square miles (5.9 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (8.10%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,713 people, 3,158 households, and 1,689 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,956.9 per square mile (1,141.8/km²). There were 3,390 housing units at an average density of 1,493.2/sq mi (576.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.34% White, 0.73% African American, 0.31% Native American, 1.70% Asian, 0.49% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.68% of the population.

There were 3,158 households out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.0% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.5% were non-families. 39.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.88.

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