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Ferndale is a city in Oakland County, in the Detroit metro area.

The latitude of Ferndale is 42.460N. The longitude is -83.134W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 646 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 21,693.


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Median household income
Local
$45,629
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Ferndale demographic reports
Ferndale was settled by homesteading farmers in the 19th century. Growth hastened with the opening of the Ford Motor plant in nearby Highland Park.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 93. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 4.2 per 1,000 people.
Local festivals include:
  • Ferndale Art Show & Food Festival - Sept. 22-23, 2007
  • Downtown Ice Festival - Dec. 8, 2007
Dates often change. Check Ferndale web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Ferndale Historical Museum
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 235
Quotes:
'Detroit's newest and handsomest suburb!' -- that was the come-on in the 1890s, when Ferndale was being promoted as a development called Urbanrest.
-- American Journey
Richard Reeves

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Ferndale demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Oakland County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Detroit area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 48069 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

17% of Ferndale residents report German ancestry, and 14% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Ferndale ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Ferndale was $23,133, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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26% of Ferndale residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Ferndale, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $538.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $902.


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Libraries in Ferndale include Ferndale Public Library, Royal Oak Township Library ... View libraries

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Oakland County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Ferndale political report.

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The average commute time for Ferndale workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 4 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Ferndale between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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“ 'Detroit's newest and handsomest suburb!' -- that was the come-on in the 1890s, when Ferndale was being promoted as a development called Urbanrest. ”
~ American Journey
Richard Reeves

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