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Berkley, Michigan
City of Berkley
Downtown Berkley along Twelve Mile Road
Downtown Berkley along Twelve Mile Road
Official seal of Berkley, Michigan
Location within Oakland County
Location within Oakland County
Berkley, Michigan is located in Michigan
Berkley, Michigan
Berkley, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Berkley, Michigan is located in the United States
Berkley, Michigan
Berkley, Michigan
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Michigan
County Oakland
Incorporated 1923 (village)
1932 (city)
 • Type Council–manager
 • City 2.62 sq mi (6.77 km2)
 • Land 2.62 sq mi (6.77 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
686 ft (209 m)
 • City 14,970
 • Estimate 
 • Density 5,876.10/sq mi (2,268.87/km2)
 • Metro
4,296,250 (Metro Detroit)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
Area code(s) 248
FIPS code 26-07660
GNIS feature ID 0621157

Berkley is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is a northern suburb of Detroit located along the Woodward Corridor (M-1) in southeastern Oakland County. The population was 14,970 as of the 2010 census.

Downtown and Dream Cruise

The downtown area of Berkley stretches along 12 Mile Road between Greenfield Road and Coolidge Highway, and along Coolidge Highway between 12 Mile Road and 11 Mile Road. Berkley's municipal offices and public safety headquarters are located on 12 Mile Road just east of Coolidge Highway. The Berkley Parks and Recreation department is located at the community center on Catalpa Drive, just east of Anderson Middle School. This includes tennis courts, an ice arena, baseball fields, and a park.

Since the east border of Berkley is Woodward Avenue, the city is an active participant in the annual Woodward Dream Cruise, a popular classic car showcase in the Metro Detroit area. Berkley hosts a classic car parade along 12 Mile Road one day before the official date of the Dream Cruise.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.62 square miles (6.79 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 5,571
1940 6,406 15.0%
1950 17,931 179.9%
1960 23,275 29.8%
1970 21,879 −6.0%
1980 18,637 −14.8%
1990 16,960 −9.0%
2000 15,531 −8.4%
2010 14,970 −3.6%
2020 15,194 1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 14,970 people, 6,594 households, and 3,896 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,713.7 inhabitants per square mile (2,206.1/km2). There were 6,933 housing units at an average density of 2,646.2 per square mile (1,021.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.3% White, 3.0% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.3% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 6,594 households, of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.9% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.95.

The median age in the city was 37.9 years. 21.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 33.7% were from 25 to 44; 27.3% were from 45 to 64; and 11.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.

Notable people

  • Curtis Armstrong, actor (Booger in the Revenge of the Nerds movies; Herbert Viola on Moonlighting, Ahmet Ertegün in Ray); graduated from Berkley High School
  • Joseph Bruce, rapper and producer (Insane Clown Posse); born in Berkley
  • Marshall Crenshaw, singer, songwriter, and actor (Someday, Someway); portrayed Buddy Holly in La Bamba; graduated from Berkley High School (1971)
  • Bruce Flowers, pro basketball player selected by Cleveland Cavaliers 26th overall in 1979 NBA Draft, had most of his success overseas, playing for Italian squads; graduated from Berkley High School
  • J. Fred Lawton, lyricist, poet, and businessman; closely associated with University of Michigan, produced "Varsity," which became a University of Michigan fight song, and played football under legendary coach Fielding H. Yost; lived in Berkley
  • Sander Levin, U.S. Congressman, first Chairman of Berkley Democratic Club, played instrumental role in building Berkley Public Library
  • Katherine Nye, Olympic weightlifter lives in Berkley
  • Owain Phyfe, musician and producer; lived in Berkley
  • Jim Seymour, wide receiver for Notre Dame and Chicago Bears; born in Berkley
  • Jim Starlin, comic book artist and novelist; graduated from Berkley High School (1967)
  • Rob Tyner, lead singer for proto-punk band MC5; lived and died in Berkley

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See also

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Gloria E. Anzaldúa
Vicente T. Ximenes
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