Ferndale, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Ferndale, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of Ferndale had a population of 19,976 as of July 1, 2016. Ferndale ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Michigan. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Ferndale is located at latitude 42.4592 and longitude -83.1313 in Oakland County. The formal boundaries for the City of Ferndale (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.88 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Oakland County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 646 feet.

The City of Ferndale (GNIS ID: 1626277) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Ferndale population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Ferndale, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 19,976
Population in Households 19,911
Population in Familes 12,198
Population in Group Qrtrs 65
Population Density1 5,149
Diversity Index2 36


Total Households 9,675
Average Household Size 2.06
Family Households 4,307
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 10,646 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,186 (58.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,489 (32.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 971 ( 9.1%)
Median Home Value $104,154
Average Home Value $120,417


Median Household Income $52,021
Average Household Income $63,885
Per Capita Income $31,032
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.06% 0.34%
Households 0.19% 0.44%
Families -0.16% 0.22%
Median Household Income   1.99%
Per Capita Income   2.13%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Ferndale, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Ferndale to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 60 91st
Population Density1 # 12 98th
Diversity Index2 # 113 84th
Median Household Income # 193 72nd
Per Capita Income # 113 84th

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