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Whitmore Lake, Michigan
Whitmore Lake is an unincorporated community in the U.S. state of Michigan. The community spans the boundary between Green Oak Township in Livingston County and Northfield Township in Washtenaw County. The United States Census Bureau has defined a Census-designated place (CDP) with this name for statistical purposes which has no legal status as an incorporated municipality. As of the 2000 census, the CDP had a total population of 6,574.
The community is located about nine miles (14.5 km) north of Ann Arbor and about six miles south of Brighton. It is situated around the shores of Whitmore Lake and the CDP also includes the area around the smaller Horseshoe Lake to the south, Lawton Lake to the east and Monahan Lake to the northeast. U.S. Highway 23 forms the western edge of much of the CDP for the 2000 census.
The 667-acre Whitmore Lake was named by Jonathan F. Stratton, a surveyor, after Luke H. Whitmore, a local landowner around 1825. Area residents have considered incorporation many times, but have not chosen to do so yet.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the community has a total area of 14.0 km² (5.4 mi²). 11.3 km² (4.4 mi²) of it is land and 2.7 km² (1.0 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 19.41% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 6,574 people, 2,663 households, and 1,741 families residing in the community. The population density is 582.2/km² (1,508.5/mi²). There are 2,960 housing units at an average density of 262.1/km² (679.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the community is 96.05% White, 0.93% African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 1.75% from two or more races. 1.46% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 2,663 households out of which 32.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% are married couples living together, 9.4% have a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% are non-families. 25.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 4.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.42 and the average family size is 2.94.
In the community the population is spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 39.2% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 7.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 102.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 98.7 males.
The median income for a household in the community is $51,504, and the median income for a family is $63,113. Males have a median income of $42,174 versus $28,865 for females. The per capita income for the community is $26,066. 5.2% of the population and 3.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 5.8% of those under the age of 18 and 2.2% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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