The Garden City Community


Garden City Welcome Sign GARDEN CITY, with a population of over 31,000 residents was incorporated as a village in 1927, and a city in 1933. The name Garden City was derived from a period of growth following World War I when it was developed as a suburban garden community that attracted auto workers looking for a house with a large lot for a garden. The land developers description "The Sun Parlor of Detroit" has become Garden City's motto. Today the trees, shrubbery and gardens have matured giving the area a distinctive appearance.

The history of the Garden City area began when Marcus Swift and Luther Reeves, pioneer farmers from Palmyra, New York, settled here in 1825. They were soon joined by their own families as well as other pioneer farm families from the East. Then beginning in 1834, a new group of settlers from the north of Ireland started immigrating to this area to escape the Irish potato famine. Until it was incorporated as Garden City approximately 100 years later, the area was commonly referred to as "New Ireland" or "Irish Town."

Garden City was the first site for two highly successful retail operations. Mike Illitch began his Little Caesars empire with a take-out restaurant which opened here in 1959. In 1962, K-Mart opened its first discount department store here followed by 17 more stores in other cities later that same year.

COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS
Garden City has eight parks plus a community center and an indoor community swimming pool. The parks provide a variety of recreational facilities ranging from ball diamonds to tennis, racquetball, and basketball courts. There are many senior citizen programs and youth assistance programs available.

. Demographics
1990 Census Data
. Housing Characteristics
1990 Census Data
. Total population
Total population (1980)
% Change 1980 to 1990
Total households
Total households (1980)
% Change 1980 to 1990
Average family size
Total families
Per capita income
Median household income
Median age
. 31,864
35,640
-10.65
11,213
11,231
-0.16
3.22
8,862
$13,787
$36,579
33.5
. Total housing units
Owner occupied
% of total occupied
Median housing value
Average sale price 1997
*
Renter occupied
Median contract rent

*1997 Average sales price
information obtained from
Realcomp Multiple Listing Service
. 11,734
9,676
86.29
$59,700
$101,243
1,537
$414.00
.
.
. Major Employers and
# of Employees (1995)
. Total Labor Force
1990 Census
. Garden City Hospital
Stewart Mgmt. Group
Dearborn Gauge Co.
Crestwood Dodge Inc.
. 1,026
132
90
87
. Labor Force
Unemployment
. 17,642
1,124
.
.
. Medical Facilities . Major Highways
. Garden City Osteopathic Hospital
St. Mary's Hospital - Livonia
. Interstate 275
M-39 (Southfield Rd)
US-24 (Telegraph Rd)
M-153 (Ford Road)
.
.
. Garden City Library .
. Garden City Public Library . 2012 Middlebelt Road . 734-525-8854 .
.
. Garden City Municipal Services .
. City Hall
Mayor's Office
Police Department
Fire Department
Building Department
City Assessor
City Treasurer
Water Department
Recreation Department
Department of Public Works
. 6000 Middlebelt Road
6000 Middlebelt Road
6000 Middlebelt Road
6000 Middlebelt Road
6000 Middlebelt Road
6000 Middlebelt Road
6000 Middlebelt Road
6000 Middlebelt Road
6000 Middlebelt Road
31800 Beechwood
. 734-525-8800
734-525-8830
734-525-8088
734-525-8837
734-525-8820
734-525-8812
734-525-8812
734-525-8818
734-525-8857
734-525-8839
.
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. Garden City Utilities .
. Electric
Gas
Phone
Cable
. Detroit Edison
Michigan Consolidated Gas
Ameritech
Comcast
. 800-477-4747
313-965-0070
313-221-4900
734-427-4940
.

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All statistical/demographic data is as of 1990 census unless otherwise specified.
Community data/information has been collected from a number of sources.
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