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Incorporated July 22, 1957

Origin of Name

Some think the city was named after one of its first white settlers, Major Caleb Truax, but other historians believe the name came from the strata of limestone known as the Trenton series, which underlies the region.

Form of Government

Home Rule (Mayor/Council)

Land Area

7.4 Square Miles


2010 Census 18,853


580 feet above sea level


Mean annual temperature - 48.5 F Average annual rainfall - 31.85 inches

Average Age of Resident

37.7 years

Average Family Size


Number of Households


Registered Voters

Approximately 14,000

State Equalized Value

$566 million

Park Land

200 acres, supplemented by 75


22 City, 1 County, and 6 Schools

Boat Launching Sites

1 City; 1 County

Educational Resources

  • Two Elementary Schools
  • One Middle School
  • One High School
  • One Parochial School (Kindergarten through 8th grade)

Public Library

One with 65,603 volumes


Seaway Hospital with 203 beds opened in 1961 (now known as Oakwood South Shore Hospital)


15 representing 10 denominations

Financial Institutes

5 Banks and 2 Credit Unions


One local (The News Herald) weekly, one local (Trenton Trib) monthly, and two Metro daily (The Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News)

Major Employers

  • Daimler Chrysler Corporation
  • Detroit Edison
  • DSC Ltd
  • Solutia Corporation


West Jefferson Avenue, Fort Street and West Road


Conrail and Canadian National.


Manufacturing and service industries are numerous in Trenton including the following: 

  • Boats
  • Cement
  • Chemicals
  • Electric
  • Fuel Oils
  • Gasoline
  • Plastics
  • Power
  • Steel

City Statistics

  • 64.71 miles of gas main
  • 70 miles of water mains
  • 73 miles of sanitary sewers
  • 76.6 miles of streets and highways, of which 4.9 miles are State roads, 12.9 miles are County roads, 12 miles are major City roads, 46.8 miles are local City roads
  • 4,500,000 gallons daily average water pumpage