Taylor is a city in Wayne County, Michigan, with a population of 63,131 as of the 2010 census. Originally known as Taylor Township, residents of the township voted to incorporate as the City of Taylor in May 1968. Taylor is the 17th most populous city in Michigan and the 543rd largest city in the United States. The township was named in honor of Zachary Taylor, a national military hero in the 1840s who was elected in 1849 to be the twelfth President of the United States. The city is 18 miles southwest of Detroit and a member of the Downriver Community. Taylor has Heritage Park, a large park that features: ball diamonds, soccer fields, pavilions, grills, picnic tables, restrooms, playground, historic buildings, shops, catch and release fishing pond, 1/3 mile walking path, path system, old growth nature area, park benches, picnic area, playground, plus a petting farm. The Detroit Waza of the Professional Arena Soccer League play their home games at the Taylor Sportsplex.