River Rouge, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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River Rouge, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of River Rouge had a population of 7,513 as of July 1, 2017. River Rouge 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 River Rouge is located at latitude 42.2743 and longitude -83.1242 in Wayne County. The formal boundaries for the City of River Rouge (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.65 sq. miles and a water area of 0.59 sq. miles. Wayne County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 584 feet.

The City of River Rouge (GNIS ID: 1626983) 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 River Rouge 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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River Rouge, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 7,513
Daytime Population: Workers 3,878
Daytime Population: Residents 5,003
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 8,881
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.18
Population in Households 7,509
Population in Familes 5,963
Population in Group Qrtrs 4
Population Density2 2,832
Diversity Index3 70


Median Household Income $26,708
Average Household Income $37,628
Per Capita Income $13,853


Total Housing Units 3,725 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,422 (38.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,341 (36.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 962 (25.8%)
Median Home Value $42,780
Average Home Value $58,914


Total Households 2,763
Average Household Size 2.72
Family Households 1,772
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 -0.7% -0.62%
Households -0.65% -0.59%
Families -0.85% -0.71%
Median Household Income   0.21%
Per Capita Income   1.76%

River Rouge, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares River Rouge 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 # 139 80th
Population Density # 78 89th
Diversity Index # 6 99th
Median Household Income # 682 2nd
Per Capita Income # 684 1st

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