Allen Park, Michigan

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Allen Park is a city in Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 29,376. The suburb of Detroit was recognized in Money Magazine's list of America's Best Small Cities.[4] Allen Park is part of the collection of communities known as Downriver.

Ford Motor Company is an integral part of the community. Many of the company's offices and facilities lie within the city limits. Since 2002, Allen Park is the practice home of the Detroit Lions and is also the site of the team's headquarters.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.0 square miles (18.2 km²), all land.


Allen Park was incorporated as a village in 1927, and as a city in 1957.[5] It was named after Lewis Allen, a well-to-do lawyer and lumberman whose 276½ acres of land (primarily in Ecorse Township) included holdings in what are now Allen Park and Melvindale.[5] Hubert Champaign and Edward Pepper were two other early residents of the area.[5]

In 1950 Allen Park did not include the part of the city directly west of Melvindale, Michigan. This area was still part of Ecorse Township.[6]


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 29,376 people, 11,974 households, and 8,202 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,189.7 per square mile (1,618.0/km²). There were 12,254 housing units at an average density of 1,747.7/sq mi (674.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.6% White, 0.7% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.81% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.21% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.73% of the population. There were 11,974 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.99.

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