Westland's vital statistics* all point to a healthy, dynamic, and robust community:
- Established as a city: May 11, 1966
- Michigan's tenth largest city, with a 2010 population of 84,094 residents
- Geographic size: 20.42 square miles
- Median age: 38.3 years.
- Number of households: 39,201.
- Median household income: $45,496.
- Median Family Income: $55,323.
- Per Capita Income: $23,353.
- Single Family Home: Almost 23,000 with median sales price of $118,500.
- Average household size: 2.37.
- Total employment: 48,350 with a 2001 annual unemployment rate of just
Some of the best things about a community -- like friendly neighborhoods and good roads -- aren't as easy to express in numbers, but they make Westland a wonderful place to live -- and a great place to do business.
* These statistics are 1999 and 2000 data from the U. S. Census, Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), Michigan Department of Career Development (MDCD) and the Westland Department of Assessment.
SCHOOLS AND HEALTH CARE
Westland has 1 preschool, 11 elementary and 2 middle schools, and 1 high school.
Both high school students and adults can get vocational training and placement services at the William D. Ford Career/Technical Center, which was visited by President Clinton in 1996 to highlight national vocational models.
Westland students shine in extracurricular activities: the marching and concert bands are first-rate and regularly take medals in statewide competitions.
Public school athletic programs include high school and middle school sports programs for both girls and boys.
Within 30 minutes of the City of Westland are Wayne State University in Detroit, Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti and The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The University of Michigan-Dearborn, Henry Ford Community College, Schoolcraft Community College, and the western campus of Wayne County Community College are less than 10 miles away.
Their contact info is as follows:
University of Michigan-Dearborn
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, Michigan 48128
Henry Ford Community College
5101 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, Michigan 48128-1495
Schoolcraft Community College
18600 Haggerty Road
Livonia, Michigan 48152
Local hospitals include Annapolis Hospital in Wayne and St. Mary Hospital in Livonia. Westland residents are just minutes away from two of Michigan's top-rated medical centers: Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital-Ann Arbor.
Ever see a red fox? You might in Westland. Foxes have been sighted in Westland, along the tributaries of the middle Rouge River that wind their way through the city's more than 20 square miles, creating green spaces wherever they go.
What's more, you'll find plenty of recreational opportunities within the William P. Holliday Parkway along tree-lined Edward Hines Drive.
Nankin Mill (taken from the township name of Nankin) was originally built in 1863. Henry Ford used the mill in 1920's as part of the Ford Motor Company's village industries. The building underwent an extensive renovation and an addition in the 1990's and now houses the offices of the Wayne County Division of Parks, which also operates an interpretive center in the building.
Westland cares about its natural resources and has undertaken a broad-based campaign to help clean up the Rouge River. Efforts include new city wastewater practices and facility improvements, an annual Rouge River clean-up, and a public education campaign to let citizens know what they can do to help.
An active city recycling program includes a drop-off center at the Department of Public Service. Single Stream curb side recycling is also offered to our residents.
Westland has the location, the land, the infrastructure, and the leadership to attract new industry and help existing businesses redevelop properties.
In the center of southeastern Michigan's expressway system, Westland is bordered on the west by I-275, the main north-south connector to I-94 and I-96, the state's major east-west routes.
Detroit Metropolitan Airport is just seven miles away, with national and international passenger service. For freight, Willow Run Airport is only ten miles from Westland on I-94.
Six modern platted industrial parks on 320 acres are served by class A internal roads, all utilities, and potential rail access to two of the parks.
Utilities include DTE Energy and Consumers Power, Michigan Consolidated Gas, and Ameritech.
A solid industrial base includes automotive suppliers, tool and die companies, construction materials, food service, warehousing, packaging, and other manufacturing firms.
A FOCUS ON RETAIL
What started in Westland and spread nationwide? You're right if you guessed the shopping mall. Westland Center, one of the country's original four regional shopping malls, has anchored Westland's commercial district for more than 30 years. A closer look at retail:
- Westland Center and more than 130 stores in its surrounding retail base draw consumers from a 20-mile radius.
- Anchor stores at Westland Center include Macy's, J. C. Penney, Sears, Kohls, with specialty stores such as American Eagle, Victoria's Secret and Aeropostale.
- More than 44,000 vehicles each day pass through Westland on Ford Road.
- From 1990-99, new retail businesses made their home in Westland, including national retail chains like Target; Best Buy; and Bed, Bath and Beyond.
- Many national chain restaurants have made Westland their home and are making Westland a premier "Destination Place."