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Commerce Township, Michigan
Charter township
Charter Township of Commerce
Wolverine Lake within Commerce Township
Wolverine Lake within Commerce Township
"When you're here, you're family."
Location within Oakland County (red) and the administered village of Wolverine Lake (pink)
Location within Oakland County (red) and the administered village of Wolverine Lake (pink)
Commerce Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Commerce Township, Michigan
Commerce Township, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Oakland
 • Charter township 29.90 sq mi (77.4 km2)
 • Land 27.45 sq mi (71.1 km2)
 • Water 2.45 sq mi (6.3 km2)
909 ft (277 m)
 • Charter township 40,186
 • Density 1,464.0/sq mi (565.3/km2)
 • Metro
4,296,250 (Metro Detroit)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48323 (West Bloomfield)
48382 (Commerce)
48390 (Walled Lake)
48393 (Wixom)
Area code(s) 248
FIPS code 26-17640
GNIS feature ID 1626125

Commerce Township, officially the Charter Township of Commerce, is a charter township of Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 40,186 at the 2010 census.

As a western suburb of Metro Detroit, Commerce Township is about 15 miles (24.1 km) northwest of the city of Detroit. The cities of Walled Lake and Wixom border to the south, and the township contains the village of Wolverine Lake. Originally settled as a resort destination, the township has seen a large population increase of permanent residents due to the townships rural environment and recreation areas, including most of Proud Lake State Recreation Area. The Huron River runs mostly north–south through the township, and the township also contains numerous lakes.

The northern terminus of M-5 is within Commerce Township. This highway was originally meant to connect the spur route Interstate 275 back to Interstate 75, but the project was canceled due to the difficulty of construction around the township's numerous lakes, as well as the high property value of the area.


Most of the Township's southern areas are covered by the following cities.

  • Walled Lake is a city in the south central portion of the Township.
  • Northern Wixom covers the extreme southwest portion of the Township as the southern part of the city covers the northwest portion of Novi.
  • Wolverine Lake is an incorporated village in the Township.

Additionally, there are 4 unincorporated communities in the Township:

  • Commerce is located at Commerce and Sleeth Roads (42°35′28″N 83°29′27″W / 42.59111°N 83.49083°W / 42.59111; -83.49083; Elevation: 945 ft./288 m.). It was platted in 1836.
  • Glengary is located on Benstein Road between Oakley Park and Glengary Roads (42°33′54″N 83°30′15″W / 42.56500°N 83.50417°W / 42.56500; -83.50417; Elevation: 922 ft./281 m.).
  • Oakley Park is located on (42°34′08″N 83°29′48″W / 42.56889°N 83.49667°W / 42.56889; -83.49667; Elevation: 932 ft./284 m.).
  • Union Lake is an unincorporated community joined in the northeastern part of the township joining the townships of West Bloomfield, Waterford, and White Lake.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 29.8 square miles (77 km2), of which 27.6 square miles (71 km2) is land and 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2), or 7.61%, is water.


Commerce Township MI Drive In
Commerce Township Drive Inn Landmark

As of the census of 2000, there were 34,764 people, 12,379 households, and 9,754 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,261.1 per square mile (486.9/km2). There were 12,924 housing units at an average density of 468.8 per square mile (181.0/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 96.73% White, 0.50% African American, 0.19% Native American, 1.31% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.16% of the population.

There were 12,379 households, out of which 42.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.4% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 17.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the township the population was spread out, with 29.5% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 34.1% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 7.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $72,702, and the median income for a family was $79,976. Males had a median income of $61,087 versus $36,125 for females. The per capita income for the township was $33,104. About 2.4% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.


The two school districts within the boundaries of Commerce Township are Walled Lake Consolidated Schools and Huron Valley Schools. Walled Lake Northern, Walled Lake Central and Walled Lake Western High Schools are all located within the township.

Catholic schools are under the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit. St. William Catholic Church, which includes a portion of Commerce Township in its service area, operates St. William Catholic School, a K-8 school in Walled Lake.

Notable people

  • David Hahn, a 17-year-old Eagle Scout, constructed a makeshift nuclear reactor in his backyard in Commerce Township, exposing himself and his neighbors—and maybe even as many as 40,000 people in the area—to radioactive materials, and drawing the attention of the EPA. The event became a short-lived media sensation, and a book by Ken Silverstein called The Radioactive Boy Scout was written about the incident and published in 2004.
  • Connor Hellebuyck, ice hockey goaltender
  • Alina Morse, Inventor, entrepreneur, CEO and founder of Zollicandy
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