Pleasant Ridge


Designated as an historic community, Pleasant Ridge offers residential charm in an urban location. Its long tradition of community pride is reflected in the tree-lined streets, pristine neighborhoods and picturesque parks.

Offering a broad range of architecturally diverse housing choices, from cozy bungalows to stately colonials, The Ridge has been recognized by This Old House magazine as one of the "Best Places in the Midwest to Buy an Old House." But that glorious past is alive and kicking its way into the future. With its strong sense of community spirit, dedication to historic preservation and an ideal metropolitan location, Pleasant Ridge is a great place for all ages, interests and lifestyles.

Pleasant Ridge is part of the Ferndale School District which offers a unique choice between traditional public school and its University High School, a college prep high school offered through a partnership with Lawrence Technological University.

In Pleasant Ridge, you'll be welcomed to a community with a warm heart and creative soul that embraces different lifestyles and perspectives essential to a true urban region. Its many clubs and volunteer organizations take a front seat on all projects and city improvements and resident involvement is readily accepted and appreciated.

The "heart" of the City beats strong at the Community Center Complex, offering a pool, wellness center and a diverse range of programs and recreational opportunities. People in this community value one another for who they are, where they are.

Come enjoy the view from The Ridge and see what you've been missing.



As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 2,526 people, 1,115 households, and 674 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,431.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,711.1/km2). There were 1,153 housing units at an average density of 2,022.8 per square mile (781.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.7% White, 1.9% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 1,115 households of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.6% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.87.

The median age in the city was 43.4 years. 20.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 3.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.4% were from 25 to 44; 32.6% were from 45 to 64; and 14.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.8% male and 49.2% female.

Pleasant Ridge has a high percentage of same-sex couples. According to the 2010 Census, it has the seventh-highest rate of same-sex couples in the nation with 59.6 per 1,000.[11] It is adjacent to Ferndale, a suburb considered the heart of the LGBT community in the area.[12]


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Updated: 18th August, 2019 1:41 AM.