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Livonia, Michigan

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Livonia is a city located in the northwest part of Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 100,545. The city is a part of the Detroit metropolitan area, being about 22 miles northwest from downtown Detroit. According to the Chicago Tribune, Livonia has the greatest percentage of "white" residents of cities over 100,000 in the country, and is nicknamed "the whitest city in America."

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Geography

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Location of Livonia, Michigan

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 92.8 km² (35.8 mi²). 92.5 km² (35.7 mi²) of it is land and 0.3 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.33% water.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 100,545 people, 38,089 households, and 28,071 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,086.8/km² (2,815.0/mi²). There are 38,658 housing units at an average density of 417.9/km² (1,082.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 95.45% White, 0.95% African American, 0.22% Native American, 1.94% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. 1.72% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 38,089 households out of which 32.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.8% are married couples living together, 8.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 26.3% are non-families. 22.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.59 and the average family size is 3.07.

In the city the population is spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $63,018, and the median income for a family is $72,720. Males have a median income of $54,137 versus $35,273 for females. The per capita income for the city is $27,923. 3.2% of the population and 2.0% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 3.0% of those under the age of 18 and 5.2% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

History

First settled by pioneers from New England and New York, an act by the legislature of the Territory of Michigan established the borders of Livonia Township on March 17, 1835. Livonia was incorporated into a city on May 23, 1950 by vote of the citizens of the township. A significant motivation was to gain tax revenues from the Ladbroke DRC (Detroit Race Course), which was Michigan's only thoroughbred horse racetrack, and closed in 1998.

Education

  • Madonna University [1] (http://ww4.madonna.edu/f_index.cfm)
  • Schoolcraft Community College [2] (http://www.schoolcraft.cc.mi.us/)
  • Clarenceville School District [3] (http://www.clarenceville.k12.mi.us/)
  • Livonia Public Schools [4] (http://www.livonia.k12.mi.us/)
  • Academy of Westland Charter Schools (In Westland, but serving Livonia) [5] (http://www.greatschools.net/modperl/browse_district/85/mi/)
  • Warren Dale Charter Academy (In Detroit, but serving Livonia) [6] (http://www.heritageacademies.com/Brix?pageID=407)
  • Ladywood High School [7] (http://www.ladywood.org/)

Notable People

Festivals

  • St. Andrew's Society of Detroit Highland Games at the Greenmead Historic Village. Usually the first Saturday each August.
  • Livonia Spree [8] (http://livoniaspree.com/) Is located in Ford Field at the corner of Farmington Road and Lyndon in the last week each June. Includes Spree Fireworks.
  • Music under the Stars. Held at various locations in Livonia throughout the summer.

Politics

Livonia is located in Michigan's 11th Congressional District, and is represented in Congress by Thaddeus McCotter (Republican), who was first elected to Congress in 2002. Livonia's mayor is Jack Engebretson.

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