Plymouth Township has many advantages: Outstanding schools, a neighboring historic downtown, world-class industrial parks, a great location, and high quality homes. This is your official township government website for the latest updates and citizen information.The City of Plymouth and Plymouth Township are two individual communities with their own governments. Plymouth Township is 16.6 square miles in the western part of Wayne County. The City occupies 2.27 square miles in the middle of the Township. Established in 1827, in 2012 Plymouth Township celebrated its 185th year anniversary.
Plymouth Township is a well-planned community that has developed around the "golden corridor" of Western Wayne County, along the M-14 freeway. Much of the new commercial development is concentrated in industrial parks in this area. The DeMattia Corporation has built several high-tech industrial parks along the M-14 corridor between Ridge and Sheldon Roads. The Metro West Industrial Parks house over eighty businesses, including Freudenberg NOK, a major supplier to the auto industry, as well as TRAM, Valassis and SKF operations.
Although much of the high tech businesses are locating in the new industrial parks, there is considerable industrial development in other parts of Plymouth Township. There is also considerable residential development in Plymouth Township. People are attracted to Plymouth Township because of the upscale housing in attractive subdivisions, and proximity to freeways and employment opportunities. Plymouth Township also has one of the lowest tax rates in Wayne County.
The Plymouth Township Park at Ann Arbor Trail and McClumpha consists of eighty acres and includes a playscape, four premier Little League baseball diamonds with new fences, a very popular meandering walking path with trails up to one mile long, a pond for fishing and sledding hills for both children and adults. A "Sprayscape" feature opened in June 2003. The park is adjacent to an 18-hole golf course, owned by the Township. The Township has also built a dock to enable handicapped access to the pond.
The Township recently developed a three and a half acre neighborhood park on Ann Arbor Trail, east of Haggerty. Miller Family Park was dedicated on July 2, 2002. The Township recently constructed a premier soccer park on Haggerty Road north of Schoolcraft, called Lake Pointe Soccer Park. This Park has two irrigated soccer fields and a play area.
The Compuware Company developed a first class ice arena on Beck Road which is home to USA Hockey. The St. Johns Seminary and Golf Course on Five Mile Road is another example of a private/public partnership. The Inn at St. John's, a 118-room luxury hotel, opened in 2006 and is host to the Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's.
Plymouth Township is a growing community, but the growth is being carefully monitored so that it enhances the developments of the past.
History & Demographics
Attracted by the land act of 1820, which made property available at $1.25 an acre, the first settlers arrived here in 1824. The first home was built in what is now the city in 1825.Plymouth Township was organized in 1827, and the village incorporated in 1867.
As of the census of 2000, there were 27,798 people, 10,757 households, and 7,680 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,746.3 per square mile. There were 11,043 housing units at an average density of 693.7 per square mile. The racial makeup of the township was 92.38% White, 2.96% African American, 0.27% Native American, 2.73% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. 1.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 17.7% were of German, 13.8% Polish, 13.1% Irish, 9.5% English and 7.1% Italian ancestry according to Census 2000.