Ferndale, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Ferndale, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of Ferndale had a population of 20,161 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Ferndale, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 20,161
Daytime Population: Workers 9,044
Daytime Population: Residents 7,835
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 16,879
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.84
Population in Households 20,093
Population in Familes 12,272
Population in Group Qrtrs 68
Population Density2 5,197
Diversity Index3 36


Median Household Income $52,891
Average Household Income $66,696
Per Capita Income $32,346


Total Housing Units 10,685 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,158 (57.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,591 (33.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 936 ( 8.8%)
Median Home Value $109,681
Average Home Value $125,045


Total Households 9,749
Average Household Size 2.06
Family Households 4,315
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.18% 0.28%
Households 0.27% 0.32%
Families -0.11% 0.08%
Median Household Income   1.79%
Per Capita Income   2.9%

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, 2017 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 Density # 12 98th
Diversity Index # 113 84th
Median Household Income # 207 70th
Per Capita Income # 117 83rd

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