Farmington Hills is the second largest city in Oakland County in the
U.S. state of Michigan. Its population was 79,740 at the 2010
census. It is part of the northwestern suburbs of
Metropolitan Detroit and is about 30 miles (48 km) northeast of
downtown Ann Arbor.
Farmington Hills consistently ranks as one of the safest cities in the
United States, as well as in the state of Michigan. In 2010, the area
ranked as the 30th safest city in the U.S.
Farmington Hills also ranks as the 36th highest-income place in the
United States with a population of 50,000 or more and ranks as 14th
America's best cities to live by 24/7 Wall St.
Although the two cities have separate services and addresses,
Farmington and Farmington Hills are often thought of as the same
community. Features of the community include a recently renovated
downtown, boutiques, a vintage cinema, numerous restaurants, exotic
car dealerships, art galleries, and public parks including Heritage
Park. There are several historical sites including the Longacre House
and the Governor Warner Mansion. Both cities are served by Farmington
Public Schools. Farmington Hills serves as a major business center for
Detroit area.
Farmington Hills is the home of the Holocaust Memorial Center, the
only Holocaust Memorial in the State of Michigan. The Center's mission
is to educate the public about the tragedy and evils of the Holocaust.
Holocaust Memorial Center
Holocaust Memorial Center was originally located in neighboring
West Bloomfield Township, but has since expanded and moved to its
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5.2 2000 census
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According to the
Census Bureau, the city has a total
area of 33.31 square miles (86.27 km2), of which 33.28 square
miles (86.19 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2)
The first white settler in what became Farmington Township was a
Quaker from Farmington, New York, named Arthur Power. He purchased
land in 1823 and returned in 1824 with a group of families and
associates to clear the land. The settlement became known as
Quakertown. A post office was established in February 1826 with the
name of Farmington. The original post office is still standing today,
and is a designated historical site. The township of Farmington was
organized in 1827, and the settlement was incorporated as the village
of Farmington in the winter of 1866-67. A fire on October 9, 1872
destroyed many buildings in the village center. Farmington was
incorporated as a city in 1926.
A small settlement was also developed in Clarenceville, in the extreme
southeast corner of the township on the boundary with Livonia in Wayne
County. Stephen Jennings built a tavern and a general store to
accommodate travelers on the plank road between
Detroit and Howell.
The name remains in the Clarenceville School District. Even though the
school buildings for Clarenceville are in Livonia in Wayne County, the
school district serves a portion of Farmington Hills.
In 1847, a post office named North Farmington was established a mile
south of the township line as Wolcott's Corners. After the death of
postmaster Chauncey D. Walcott in 1865, the office moved to the
township line in the northeast quarter of section 4 (near the
intersection of 14 Mile Road and Farmington Road). The post office
functioned until September 1902.
In 1839, a post office named East Farmington was opened, but it closed
Before the remainder of Farmington Township was incorporated as the
city of Farmington Hills, there were two other incorporated entities
within its boundaries. The first began as a subdivision named Quaker
Valley Farms that was incorporated as the village of Quakertown in
1959. The other was Wood Creek Farms, developed in 1937 as a
subdivision by George Wellington of Franklin, who named it after a New
England estate. It was incorporated as a village in 1957.
The villages, together with the remainder of Farmington Township, were
incorporated into the
City of Farmington Hills in 1973.
In 1964, the city of Farmington started a tradition that became known
as the Founders Festival. The festival is held in mid-July each
summer, and a fair is held in downtown Farmington which has exhibits
of arts and crafts, stage entertainment, street food, friends and
family, and a fun atmosphere.
See also: Economy of metropolitan Detroit
Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas Offices
Gale, an educational publishing company owned by Cengage Learning, and
the auto loan company TD Auto Finance, are located in Farmington
Hills. Other large corporations also have branches in
newly-built office buildings.
Nissan Technical Center North America and
Nissan Trading Corp.
are located in Farmington Hills. The
center handled project engineering of vehicle bodies used in North
America and Latin America. It also has a small laboratory, where as of
2012, several scientists were doing research on fuel cells. The
company planned to add electrical battery and recharging of electrical
vehicle research to the laboratory. As of January 2012 the technical
center had 800 full-time employees. At that time
Nissan planned to
hire 150 more engineers to work in the technical center.
The technical center opened in November 1991 at a cost of $80
million. In 2005
Nissan opened a $14 million design studio
in Farmington Hills, and the
Nissan AZEAL was the first car to be
Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc. operates the Farmington
Hills Office in Farmington Hills. Hino Motors
Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc. has its headquarters in Farmington
Hills. The office is a sales and service office of Hino
Motors, a truck subsidiary of Toyota. In 2005 Governor of Michigan
Jennifer Granholm celebrated the office's opening.
A business park in the 12 Mile and Halsted area houses offices of
Panasonic, Greenpath, and Mercedes Benz.
Panasonic moved into 90,000
square feet (8,400 m2) of leased space there in 2012, with plans
to hire 60 full-time employees for a research and design center. That
space was unoccupied for four years and was previously leased by
Motorola. Mango Languages, a language learning software
company, is also headquartered here.
According to the city's 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial
Report, the top local employers are:
# of Employees
Robert Bosch Corporation
Farmington Public Schools
Aditya Birla Minacs
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services
TRW Automotive Electronics
ACO Hardware (As of 2014 all ACO Hardware stores were absorbed by Ace
Hardware and rebranded as Great Lakes Ace Hardware)
Nissan Technical Center North America
Farmington Hills utilizes the
Council-Manager form of government, and
thus is governed by a
City Council consisting of a
Mayor who can serve
two 2-year terms (Dr. Ken Massey, elected in 2015) and six council
members serving an unlimited number of 4-year terms (Dr. Randy Bruce,
Richard Lerner, Michael Bridges, Valerie Knol, Samantha Steckloff
elected in 2013 and Dr. Theresa Rich elected in 2015). The city
council appoints a
City Manager (currently: Dave Boyer), who manages
the day-to-day operations of the city; a
City Clerk who maintains all
City Codes, Ordinances, Resolutions and other legal documents
(currently Pam Smith); and a
City Attorney who acts as legal advisor
and representative for all
City matters (currently Steve Joppich).
Farmington Hills is neighbor to Farmington. Together, the cities form
a district represented in Michigan's State House District 37 by
Democrat Christine Greig. Farmington Hills is part of State Senate
District 14, represented by Democrat Vincent Gregory.
The Mayor's Youth Council is an active teen committee/council who work
under the city to help address teen problems and issues. This council
helped to build the Riley Skate Park (the largest skate park in the
Midwest), and sends delegates to the
National League of Cities
National League of Cities (NLC)
conferences, has articles published in the local newspaper, helps run
citywide events, organizes battle of the bands, and hosts their own
The Commission for Children, Youth and Families - operated in
partnership with neighboring Farmington - is dedicated to creating a
welcoming community for individuals of all ages and backgrounds. With
a special emphasis on volunteerism, community service and education,
the Commission partners with the Multi-Racial Multi-Cultural
Commission (MRMC), the Commission on Aging, Farmington Public School
District and the Farmington Public Library to inform residents on a
variety of quality-of-life issues designed to promote wellness, access
In 2006, a public meeting was held in Farmington Hills to discuss the
possible merger of the two cities as a money saving venture, and also
as a way to keep the two communities vibrant. Farmington and
Farmington Hills already share several services, such as a school
district, a library system and a district court, however, both cities
utilize their own fire departments, and Farmington has a public safety
department rather than a police department.
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According to a 2015 estimate, the median income for a household in the
city was $93,274, and the median income for a family was $198,136.
Males had a median income of $61,757 versus $39,540 for females. The
per capita income for the city was $36,134. Farmington Hills is well
known for its luxury estates, its rolling hills, and is also listed on
Forbes as one the most prosperous suburbs in the nation with a
household net worth of $725,120. About 2.4%
of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line,
including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.
As of the census of 2010, there were 79,740 people, 33,559
households, and 21,412 families residing in the city. The population
density was 2,396.0 inhabitants per square mile (925.1/km2). There
were 36,178 housing units at an average density of 1,087.1 per square
mile (419.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 69.7% White, 17.4%
African American, 0.2% Native American, 10.1% Asian, 0.4% from other
races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race
were 1.9% of the population.
There were 33,559 households of which 29.1% had children under the age
of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together,
9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male
householder with no wife present, and 36.2% were non-families. 31.5%
of all households were made up of individuals and 12% had someone
living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household
size was 2.36 and the average family size was 3.00.
The median age in the city was 42.1 years. 21.5% of residents were
under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.2%
were from 25 to 44; 30.2% were from 45 to 64; and 15.9% were 65 years
of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.1% male and
In April 2013, Farmington Hills had the fourth largest Japanese
national population in the state of Michigan, at 589.
As of the census of 2000, there were 82,111 people, 33,559
households, and 21,813 families residing in the city. The population
density was 2,466.4 per square mile (952.3/km²). There were 34,858
housing units at an average density of 1,047.0 per square mile
(404.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 82.95% White, 6.94%
African American, 0.17% Native American, 7.54% Asian, 0.02% Pacific
Islander, 0.46% from other races, and 1.93% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.47% of the population. 12.6%
were of German, 9.1% Polish, 8.3% Irish, 7.1% English and 5.5% Italian
ancestry according to
There were 33,559 households out of which 29.5% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living
together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and
35.0% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of
individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age
or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family
size was 3.04.
In the city, the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of
18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and
14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years.
For every 100 females, there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females
age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.
Oakland Community College, Orchard Ridge Campus
Most of Farmington Hills is served by Farmington Public Schools, which
is shared with nearby Farmington. It is home to North Farmington High
School and Harrison High School, while Farmington High School in
Farmington serves portions of Farmington Hills. Harrison High School's
football team, the Hawks, are known for excelling at
football led by Coach John Herrington who has been the
coach since the opening of the school in 1970. In addition, the
alternative school Farmington Central High School is in Farmington
Farmington Hills also encompasses parts of the Clarenceville School
District, and the Walled Lake Consolidated School District.
Mercy High School
The city includes several private schools, including two parochial
Catholic schools, Our Lady of Sorrows and St. Fabian, run by the
Archdiocese of Detroit, an all-girls Catholic high school, Mercy High
School, one Lutheran school, Concordia Lutheran School/St. Paul's
Lutheran Preschool, and a non-denominational
Jewish day school, Hillel
Farmington Hills is also home to multiple elementary schools, and
middle schools. The elementary schools consist of grades Kindergarten
through 5th and the middle schools take grades 6 through 8. The
elementary schools include Beechview Elementary School, Forest
Elementary School, Gill Elementary School, Highmeadow Common Campus,
Hillside Elementary School, Kenbrook Elementary School, Lanigan
Elementary School, Longacre Elementary School, and Wood Creek
Elementary School. The three middle schools are East Middle School,
Power Middle School and Warner Middle School. O.E. Dunckel Middle
School was closed in the spring of 2016 with a view to being
relaunched as a K-8 STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts
The city also contains branches of
Oakland Community College
Oakland Community College and Wayne
State University, and is the home of the
Michigan School of
Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation
Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART)
operates local and regional bus transit.
The major thoroughfares in the city are (M-5), Orchard Lake Road, 12
Mile Road, 8 Mile Road, Northwestern Highway, I-696, and I-275. The
city contains several freeway interchanges connecting local roads to
the two interstates.
Hunters Square (formerly the Tally Hall food court) is a Shopping
Center on Orchard Lake and 14 Mile.
Orchard 12 Plaza is a Shopping Center on Orchard Lake and 12 Mile.
Notable current and former residents include:
Steve Ballmer, businessman, former CEO of Microsoft, owner of NBA's
Los Angeles Clippers
Elizabeth Berkley, actress
Manoj Bhargava, founder and CEO, 5-hour Energy
Danny Brown, hip-hop artist
Pam Dawber, actress
Colin Egglesfield, actor
Cam Fowler, NHL hockey player for Anaheim Ducks
Devin Funchess, wide receiver for NFL's Indianapolis Colts
Tatiana Gutsu, two-time Olympic champion gymnast
Kirsten Haglund, winner of Miss
Michigan (2007) and Miss America
Arthur Hanlon, Latin musician
American Idol Season 13 runner-up
Al Jean, writer/producer, The Simpsons
Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems
Meg Mallon, professional golfer in Hall of Fame
Jaime Ray Newman, actress
Eren Ozker, puppeteer, Muppeteer
Neal Rubin, columnist (The
Barry Sanders, Hall of Fame running back for
Detroit Lions; resident
Martha Smith, model and actress, Miss July 1973 Playboy centerfold
Drew Stanton, quarterback for
Michigan State and NFL's Cleveland
Fred Toucher, Boston radio DJ for 98.5 The Sports Hub
James Wolk, actor
Tally Hall, indie rock band based in Ann Arbor
Larry Nassar, osteopathic physician and convicted child molester
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