Dearborn Heights, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Dearborn Heights, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of Dearborn Heights had a population of 56,312 as of July 1, 2016. Dearborn Heights 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 Dearborn Heights is located at latitude 42.3357 and longitude -83.2888 in Wayne County. The formal boundaries for the City of Dearborn Heights (see map below) encompass a land area of 11.74 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Wayne County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 620 feet.

The City of Dearborn Heights (GNIS ID: 1626165) 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 Dearborn Heights 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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Dearborn Heights, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 56,312
Population in Households 55,739
Population in Familes 45,625
Population in Group Qrtrs 573
Population Density1 4,797
Diversity Index2 34


Total Households 21,720
Average Household Size 2.57
Family Households 14,050
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 23,990 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 16,607 (69.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,113 (21.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,270 ( 9.5%)
Median Home Value $98,495
Average Home Value $127,845


Median Household Income $48,335
Average Household Income $60,277
Per Capita Income $23,533
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.41% -0.52%
Households -0.4% -0.49%
Families -0.6% -0.62%
Median Household Income   2.06%
Per Capita Income   1.78%
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.

Dearborn Heights, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Dearborn Heights 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 # 22 97th
Population Density1 # 18 98th
Diversity Index2 # 117 83rd
Median Household Income # 267 62nd
Per Capita Income # 297 57th

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