Whitmore Lake, Michigan

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Whitmore Lake, Michigan
Looking north along Main Street
Looking north along Main Street
Location within Washtenaw County (bottom) and Livingston County (top)
Location within Washtenaw County (bottom) and Livingston County (top)
Whitmore Lake is located in Michigan
Whitmore Lake
Whitmore Lake
Location within the state of Michigan
Whitmore Lake is located in the United States
Whitmore Lake
Whitmore Lake
Whitmore Lake (the United States)
Coordinates: 42°26′23″N 83°44′38″W / 42.43972°N 83.74389°W / 42.43972; -83.74389Coordinates: 42°26′23″N 83°44′38″W / 42.43972°N 83.74389°W / 42.43972; -83.74389
CountryUnited States
CountiesLivingston and Washtenaw
TownshipsGreen Oak and Northfield
 • Total5.3 sq mi (13.7 km2)
 • Land4.2 sq mi (10.9 km2)
 • Water1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)  20.37%
928 ft (283 m)
 • Total6,423
 • Density1,200/sq mi (470/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s)734
FIPS code26-87060[1]
GNIS feature ID1616386[2]

Whitmore Lake is a census-designated place and 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. The population was 6,423 at the 2010 census.[3]

The community is located about 9 miles (14 km) north of Ann Arbor and about 9 miles (14 km) 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.[4]

The Whitmore Lake post office, with ZIP code 48189, serves a larger area than that defined by the CDP and includes portions of southeast Hamburg Township, northeastern Webster Township, and larger parts of Green Oak and Northfield Townships than are included in the CDP.[5]

The 667-acre (2.70 km2) 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.

The well-known 8 Mile Road that forms the boundary between the city of Detroit and Detroit's northern suburbs in Oakland and Macomb counties ends in Whitmore Lake, along with 5 Mile, 6 Mile, 7 Mile, and 9 Mile Roads.


Ann Arbor Railroad Depot at Whitmore Lake
Whitmore Lake

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.3 square miles (13.7 km2), of which 4.2 square miles (10.9 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), or 20.37%, is water.[6]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,574 people, 2,663 households, and 1,741 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,508.5 per square mile (582.2/km2). There were 2,960 housing units at an average density of 679.2 per square mile (262.1/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 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. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.46% of the population.

There were 2,663 households, out of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the CDP, the population was 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 were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 102.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.7 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $51,504, and the median income for a family was $63,113. Males had a median income of $42,174 versus $28,865 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $26,066. About 3.5% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.8% of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture[edit]

Fourth of July celebration[edit]

4th of July parade, 2011

Each year Whitmore Lake hosts a weekend-long celebration for Independence Day. In 2011 it marked its 52nd year with the theme "Ignite the Spirit of America". Typical events include a fireworks display over the lake, a boat parade, a ski show performed by the Whitmore Lake Water Ski Club, a running / swimming race, and many other events.[7]

Harvest Festival[edit]

The Whitmore Lake Harvest Festival is a two-day event that occurs annually at the end of September, and was first established in 2007. The primary function of the 2009 Harvest Festival was to adopt a pet or donate money towards that cause.[citation needed]

Michigan Pond Hockey Classic[edit]

The Michigan Pond Hockey Classic is an annual adult pond hockey tournament held on Whitmore Lake. Established in 2008, the event raises funds for families and schools to support youth participation in athletics.[8]


The community is served by Whitmore Lake Public Schools. The Whitmore Lake High School Trojans are members of the Tri-County Conference.

Notable People[edit]


  1. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Whitmore Lake, Michigan
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Whitmore Lake CDP, Michigan". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  4. ^ Whitmore Lake CDP, Michigan - Reference Map - American FactFinder[permanent dead link], U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 census
  5. ^ 48189 5-Digit ZCTA, 481 3-Digit ZCTA - Reference Map - American FactFinder[permanent dead link], U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 census
  6. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Whitmore Lake CDP, Michigan". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  7. ^ "Whitmore Lake 4th of July Celebration". Ann Arbor Events Calendar. AnnArbor.com.
  8. ^ "Michigan Pond Hockey Classic". Michigan Pond Hockey Sports Charities. Retrieved March 26, 2020.

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