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

It is the county seat.

The community was named after the chief of the Ottawas

The latitude of Pontiac is 42.638N. The longitude is -83.291W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 922 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 67,152.


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Median household income
Local
$31,207
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Pontiac demographic reports
Pontiac is on the Clinton River
The local economy switched from carriages and buggies in the late 1800s to automobiles in the early 1900s
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 912. The number of murders and homicides was 8. The violent crime rate was 13.7 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Laura Innes, actress
· Kirk Gibson, baseball player
· Brent W. Jett Jr., astronaut
· Pete Dexter, writer
Local festivals include:
  • Chrysler Arts, Beats, & Eats Festival - Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2007
Dates often change. Check Pontiac web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Indian Springs Metropark, Waterford Oaks county park
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 98
Quotes:
On leaving Pontiac the road little by little loses its character of a main road. It begins to twist through the woods. Settlements become infinitely rarer.
-- Journey to America, 1831
Alexis de Tocqueville

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Pontiac 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 48342 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

8% of Pontiac residents report German ancestry, and 6% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Pontiac ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Pontiac was $15,842, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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10% of Pontiac residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Pontiac, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $493.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $802.


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Libraries in Pontiac include Pontiac Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Pontiac include Oakland Press

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

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

A total of 15 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Pontiac between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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“ On leaving Pontiac the road little by little loses its character of a main road. It begins to twist through the woods. Settlements become infinitely rarer. ”
~ Journey to America, 1831
Alexis de Tocqueville

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