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Belleville is a city in Wayne Countymarker in the U.S. state of Michiganmarker. The population was 3,997 at the 2000 census. It is the sister city of Machynllethmarker, Walesmarker.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.0 km²), of which, 1.1 square miles (3.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (3.42%) is water. Edison Lake (the proper name of Belleville Lake) was created by damming up the Huron River in two places. The Huron River flows into Lake Erie.


As of the census of 2000, there were 3,997 people, 1,842 households, and 1,022 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,520.3 per square mile (1,353.7/km²). There were 1,931 housing units at an average density of 1,700.7/sq mi (654.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.54% White, 7.88% African American, 0.40% Native American, 1.18% Asian, 0.95% from other races, and 2.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.53% of the population.

There were 1,842 households out of which 26.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.8% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.5% were non-families. 37.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.9% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 32.8% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $44,196, and the median income for a family was $56,071. Males had a median income of $47,759 versus $30,145 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,927. About 3.5% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.5% of those under age 18 and 13.3% of those age 65 and over.


The city has been called birthplace of techno music, namely having been home to Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson, commonly known as the Belleville Three, who were instrumental in its creation.

During Belleville's annual Strawberry Festival, bands from all around perform in the down town and make it a very large cultural exchange area.

The Belleville High School Marching Band is one out of the three largest marching bands in the United States, with almost 300 members on the field at one time. There are over 300 people in the band program, which includes Freshmen Band, three Concert Bands, a Symphony Band and a Jazz Band. The Symphony Band has received various national honors, and performs at a consistently advanced level, especially for a high school ensemble.


Belleville is in the Van Buren Public Schools District. The district consists has sixelementary schools (Elwell, Savage, Rawsonville, Tyler, Haggerty, and Edgemont), two middle schools (North Middle School and South Middle School), Belleville High Schoolmarker, and the Van Buren Alternative Educational School.


Former University of Michigan head football coach, Lloyd Carr, coached Belleville High School's football team from 1970-1973.

Several current players in the NFL attended Belleville High School including: former Michigan Wolverine and current Denver Bronco linebacker Ian Gold, Carolina Panther defensive tackle Kris Jenkins and his brother Green Bay Packer defensive end Cullen Jenkins, and Buffalo Bill linebacker Kevin Harrison.

Former Los Angeles Dodger and Boston Red Sox outfielder Billy Ashley also attended Belleville High School.

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In the 1930s, Belleville had a reputation as a resort community where the wealthy of Detroit maintained getaway estates. Henry Ford Sr. and Charles Lindbergh once owned summer cottages on Belleville Lake, in the neighborhood of Harmony Lane.


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