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Madison Heights, Michigan

Madison Heights, Michigan
City of Madison Heights
Location within Oakland County
Location within Oakland County
Madison Heights is located in Michigan
Madison Heights
Madison Heights
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°29′09″N 83°06′19″W / 42.48583°N 83.10528°W / 42.48583; -83.10528
CountryUnited States
 • MayorBrian C. Hartwell
 • City7.09 sq mi (18.35 km2)
 • Land7.09 sq mi (18.35 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
633 ft (193 m)
 • City29,694
 • Estimate 
 • Density4,240.76/sq mi (1,637.35/km2)
 • Metro
4,296,250 (Metro Detroit)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s)248
FIPS code26-50560[4]
GNIS feature ID0631311[5]
WebsiteOfficial website

Madison Heights is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is a suburb of Detroit. As of the 2010 census, its population was 29,694.[6]


Originally part of Royal Oak Township, Madison Heights incorporated as a city by popular vote on January 17, 1955, and chartered on December 6 that same year, becoming the tenth city government in southern Oakland County. At that time, the 7.2 square miles (18.6 km2) city was one of the largest suburban communities in the Metro Detroit area. The first city hall was located at 26305 John R Road, the former township offices. On April 5, 1963, a new municipal building was dedicated which is on the present location at 300 West Thirteen Mile Road. The city lies in the Interstate 696 (I-696) and I-75 corridor and is served by two primary school districts, Lamphere and Madison, as well as a full-service municipal government. The current mayor of Madison Heights is Brian Hartwell.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.09 square miles (18.36 km2), all land.[7]

Although 91% of the buildings in Madison Heights are single-family homes or condominiums (approximately 9,800 residential property owners), 60% of the tax base is fueled by light industrial or commercial property. Madison Heights was named a "High Tech Hot Spot" by a local magazine.[citation needed] The city's average number of fires per 1,000 people is 4.12, well below the national average of 6.7 fires per 1,000 people. The city contains 15 voting precincts, totaling more than 21,000 registered voters. Robert Earl Richardson was the first Chief of Police when the city was chartered in December 1955.

There are more than 112 miles (180 km) of road within Madison Heights, of which the city maintains 105 miles (169 km), 95 miles (153 km) for snow removal, sweeping, and patching. Interstate 75 passes north to south on the west side of the city, and Interstate 696 is the major feature of its southern border. The junction of these two highways is shared with Royal Oak and Hazel Park on the southwest corner of Madison Heights.

As of the 2010 census Madison Heights had a residential vacancy rate of 7.1%.[8]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201830,039[3]1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 29,694 people, 12,712 households, and 7,543 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,188.2 inhabitants per square mile (1,617.1/km2). There were 13,685 housing units at an average density of 1,930.2 per square mile (745.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 83.9% White, 6.4% African American, 0.5% Native American, 5.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.7% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.

There were 12,712 households of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.0% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.7% were non-families. 34.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 3.02.

The median age in the city was 38.3 years. 20.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.4% were from 25 to 44; 26.6% were from 45 to 64; and 13.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.

2000 census

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 31,101 people, 13,299 households, and 8,005 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,341.3 people per square mile (1,677.1/km²). There were 13,623 housing units at an average density of 1,901.6 per square mile (734.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.60% White, 1.82% African American, 0.44% Native American, 4.97% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.46% from other races, and 2.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.61% of the population.

There were 13,299 households out of which 26.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.8% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city, the population was spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 35.4% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,326, and the median income for a family was $51,364. Males had a median income of $41,478 versus $29,345 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,429. About 7.0% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.8% of those under age 18 and 13.0% of those age 65 or over.

Asian community

As of 2009 there are several Vietnamese businesses, including markets, restaurants, and specialty shops, along Dequindre and John R in Madison Heights. Nicole Rupersburg of Metro D Media wrote that the prevalence of Vietnamese businesses is due to the higher than average Vietnamese population in Madison Heights.[10] The area along John R caters to a pan-Asian clientele, with businesses oriented to other ethnicities present alongside Vietnamese ones.[10] 168 Asian Mart (168亚洲超市[11]), a 38,000-square-foot (3,500 m2) supermarket, is the largest Asian supermarket in southeast Michigan,[12] and one of the largest in the state.[13] The store, owned by Ricky and Cindy Dong of Troy, opened on Monday June 1, 2015. Ricky Dong originated from Fuzhou, Fujian, China.[12]

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2008 1.9% of people in Madison Heights were of Vietnamese descent. About 0.2% of all people in Michigan and about 0.2% of people in Oakland County are of Vietnamese descent, making the Madison Heights figures ten times the state average. Rupersburg wrote that "comparable" areas around Madison Heights have Vietnamese descent figures of 0.3.[10]

Madison Heights also has a sizeable community of Chinese descent. The Chinese Cultural Center (CCC) is located in Madison Heights.[14]


Madison Heights is part of Oakland County's Automation Alley. There are more than 1,300 commercial and industrial businesses and services within the city's 7.2 square miles (18.6 km2), and the city has a majority of small businesses, as well as more than 100 major companies within its borders, such as Best Buy, Coca-Cola, Commercial Steel Treating Corporation, Costco, CVS Pharmacy, Henkel Technologies, Home Depot, Meijer, Micro Center, Ogura Corporation, Sam's Club, Hungry Howie's, Target, UPS, WOW!, Culver's, and Sears. The city has 23 shopping centers, 11 hotels, more than 860,000 square feet (80,000 m2) of office space, and seven industrial parks that include 10,000,000 square feet (900,000 m2).

The Hungry Howie's Pizza corporate headquarters is located in Madison Heights.[15] Madison Heights is also home to Moosejaw.

Telway at John R and 11 Mile Road.

The Telway Hamburger System is a long-standing 24-hour restaurant in Madison Heights known for its sliders (small hamburgers) and its unique late-night crowds.[16]


Madison District Public Schools and Lamphere Public Schools have public schools serving Madison Heights.

Madison Heights is also home to Bishop Foley Catholic High School, a private school.

Four Corners Montessori Academy is a public charter school also located in Madison Heights.

The Japhet School was located in Madison Heights until 2013, when it moved to Clawson.[17]

Notable people

  • Ken Dallafior, Graduated high school here.
  • Monte Geralds, Michigan legislator.
  • George Steele, former wrestler was born here.
  • Robert Wyland, artist known for painting large whale murals, attended Lamphere High School.
  • Kendra Lust, pornographic actress
  • Pat Peake, former NHL player, attended Lamphere High School
  • Jasper Ocampo, professional basketball player and current coach at Bishop Foley High School


  1. ^ "2017 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jan 3, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Madison Heights, Michigan
  6. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Madison Heights city, Michigan". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved August 19, 2011.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
  8. ^ 2010 census report on Madison Heights Archived 2011-05-20 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ a b c Rupersburg, Nicole. "Little Vietnam In Madison Heights." (Archive) Metro D Media. Issue Media Group, LLC. November 9, 2009. Re-published Thursday July 14, 2011. Retrieved on November 6, 2013.
  11. ^ "Asian Market to open in Madison Heights with groceries and made-to-order menu items" (Archive). The Oakland Press. May 27, 2015. Retrieved on September 10, 2015. See image of store exterior for Chinese characters
  12. ^ a b Selasky, Susan. "Asian superstore opens in Madison Heights" (Archive). Detroit Free Press. June 2, 2015. Retrieved on September 9, 2015.
  13. ^ Baetens, Melody. "New Asian market has huge, exotic variety" (Archive). The Detroit News. June 1, 2015. Retrieved on September 9, 2015.
  14. ^ Steele, Micki. "Asian-Americans settle in Metro Detroit enclaves Archived 2013-11-04 at the Wayback Machine." The Detroit News. April 19, 2011. Retrieved on November 6, 2013.
  15. ^ Official website, Hungry Howie's Pizza. Retrieved on February 13, 2010.
  16. ^ "Fear and Onions". The Metro Times. Retrieved 2008-07-31.
  17. ^ "Japhet School Celebrates 40 Years and Moves to Clawson." Japhet School. July 9, 2013. Retrieved on November 6, 2013. (Archive) "31202 Dorchester, Madison Heights, MI 48701" "Mailing address through August 20: above" and "Mailing address after August 20: 839 S. Crooks, Clawson, MI 48017"

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