Map: Detroit Rental Value 1940

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This map is included in the Detroit City Plan Commission’s 1946 report titled: “The People of Detroit.”

In regards to rent, the report reads:

“The average monthly rent is a good index of the present economic level of given geographic areas in relation to others. In spite of distortions which may be introduced by a scarcity or abundance of homes, or transportation facilities of distance from work, it is a fair indication of family income. While the average contract or estimated monthly rent for the city was $35.88 at the time of the census in 1940, average rents by census tracts ranged from $18.00 per month in the tracts near the central business district to $120.00 per month in Palmer Woods.”


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