Whitmore Lake, Michigan

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Whitmore Lake is an unincorporated community in the U.S. state of Michigan. The community spans the boundary between Green Oak Township in Livingston County and Northfield Township in Washtenaw County. The United States Census Bureau has defined a census-designated place (CDP) with this name for statistical purposes, which has no legal status as an incorporated municipality. The population was 6,574 at the 2000 census.

The community is located about nine miles (14.5 km) north of Ann Arbor and about nine miles (14 km) south of Brighton. It is situated around the shores of Whitmore Lake and the CDP also includes the area around the smaller Horseshoe Lake to the south, Lawton Lake to the east and Monahan Lake to the northeast. U.S. Highway 23 forms the western edge of much of the CDP for the 2000 census.[3]

The Whitmore Lake post office, with ZIP code 48189, serves a larger area than that defined by the CDP and includes portions of southeast Hamburg Township, northeastern Webster Township, and a larger parts of Green Oak and Northfield Township than are included in the CDP.[4]

The 667-acre (2.70 km2) Whitmore Lake was named by Jonathan F. Stratton, a surveyor, after Luke H. Whitmore, a local landowner around 1825. Area residents have considered incorporation many times, but have not chosen to do so yet.

The well known 8 Mile Road that forms the boundary between the city of Detroit and Detroit's northern suburbs in Oakland and Macomb Counties, comes to an end in Whitmore Lake along with 9 Mile, 7 Mile, 6 Mile, and 5 Mile Road.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.4 square miles (14.0 km²), of which, 4.4 square miles (11.3 km²) of it is land and 1.0 square miles (2.7 km²) of it (19.41%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,574 people, 2,663 households, and 1,741 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,508.5 per square mile (582.2/km²). There were 2,960 housing units at an average density of 679.2/sq mi (262.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.05% White, 0.93% African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 1.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.46% of the population.

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