Oak Park, Michigan

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Oak Park is a city in south Oakland County of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is an inner suburb of Detroit. As of the 2000 census, its population is 29,793. The Census Bureau's 2009 population estimate places the population at 30,577.

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History

The township around Oak Park began to be settled in 1822, with the area that was to become Oak Park first settled in 1840. The first major housing development came in 1914 and was called the Oak Park subdivision. An election to approve incorporation as a village was held on May 3, 1927. An election to approve incorporation as a city was held on October 29, 1945.

Planned developments in the late 1950s resulted in Oak Park being named "America's Fastest Growing City" at one point[3]. Major civic improvements in this period included the addition of an outdoor swimming pool and an ice rink in Major Park (now known as Shepherd Park, after former mayor David Shepherd, but long known informally as Oak Park Park).

In both 2002 and 2004, the city annexed portions of neighboring Royal Oak Charter Township.[4]

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.0 square miles (13.0 km²). None of it is covered by water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 29,793 people, 11,104 households, and 7,595 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,932.0 persons per square mile (2,291.5/km²). There were 11,370 housing units at an average density of 2,263.9 per square mile (874.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 46% White, 46% African American, 0.17% Native American, 2.18% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.60% from other races, and 4.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.28% of the population.

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