The City of Melvindale is taking an aggressive approach to redeveloping the community through the Brownfield Redevelopment Program. Melvindale is listed as a Core Community by the State of Michigan, which offers additional benefits to developers.
Melvindale thrives on our local activities and we take great pride in planning them! It’s one of the best ways to see us shine! From Memorial Day, Melvindale Days to Trunk or Treat or Winter Fest, there is an event for every member of the family.
The City slogan is "The Little City with a BIG Heart". Melvindale is a great place to live, work, and do business, and still has that "small town" feel.
History & Demographics
Melvindale began as the unincorporated settlement of Oakwood Heights in the northwestern part of Ecorse Township in the early 1920s. The subdivision was designed to house workers from the nearby Ford River Rouge Plant in the city of Dearborn. The city was named after one of the original developers of the settlement, Melvin Lerch. Part of Oakwood Heights was annexed by the city of Detroit in 1922, and the remainder was incorporated as the village of Melvindale the same year. In 1933, the village incorporated as a city.
As of the census of 2010, there were 10,715 people, 4,420 households, and 2,601 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,939.3 inhabitants per square mile. There were 4,918 housing units at an average density of 1,808.1 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 76.8% White (66.6% non-Hispanic white), 11.3% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 6.4% from other races, and 3.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.3% of the population.