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Farmington
City
City of Farmington
Location in the state of Michigan
Location in the state of Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Oakland
Area
 • City 2.66 sq mi (6.89 km2)
 • Land 2.66 sq mi (6.89 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 751 ft (229 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 10,372
 • Estimate (2012) 10,479
 • Density 3,899.2/sq mi (1,505.5/km2)
 • Metro 4,296,250
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 48331-48336
Area code(s) 248
FIPS code 26-27380
GNIS feature ID 0625837
Website http://www.ci.farmington.mi.us
Farmington, Michigan
Looking west on Grand River Avenue toward the intersection with Farmington Road. The Farmington Civic Theatre is on the right side of the street.

Farmington is a city in Oakland County of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is one of the northern suburbs of Detroit. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 10,372. It is surrounded by Farmington Hills, except for a small portion bordered by Livonia to the south. Since 2009, the city's downtown has been the center of an extensive renovation and remodeling featuring a refacing or rebuilding of many buildings on Grand River Avenue, as well as brick paver sidewalks, the Farmington Pavilion, new lighting, and landscaping. The area is known for its historic downtown, elegant Victorian-style homes, and one of Michigan's top rated public school systems, Farmington Public Schools. In 2007 CNNMoney.com listed Farmington as number 55 in its Best Places to Live survey. Farmington was also ranked 27th on the list for Best to Live in 2013, citing nearly US$3 million in additional city renovations and development, bumping its rank up.

History

Farmington was the site of three Native American trails - the Orchard Lake Trail, the Grand River Trail, and the Shiawassee Trail.

Farmington was founded in 1824 by Arthur Power. Like many Oakland County pioneers, he hailed from the state of New York. Power was a Quaker, as were the settlers who joined him, and the town was first known as Quakertown. In 1826 the name Farmington was officially chosen because it was the name of Power's hometown, Farmington, New York.

The name Farmington, which properly refers to the 2.7-square-mile (7.0 km2) municipality incorporated in the early 19th century, is sometimes erroneously used to refer to the 33.3-square-mile (86 km2) neighboring city of Farmington Hills (Farmington Township until 1973), which surrounds it.

In 1976 the National Register of Historic Places declared part of the city the Farmington Historic District.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.66 square miles (6.89 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 377
1890 320 −15.1%
1900 530 65.6%
1910 564 6.4%
1920 853 51.2%
1930 1,243 45.7%
1940 1,510 21.5%
1950 2,325 54.0%
1960 6,881 196.0%
1970 10,329 50.1%
1980 11,022 6.7%
1990 10,132 −8.1%
2000 10,423 2.9%
2010 10,372 −0.5%
Est. 2015 10,523 1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 10,372 people, 4,624 households, and 2,735 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,899.2 per square mile (1,505.5/km²). There were 4,959 housing units at an average density of 1,869.6 per square mile (721.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 71.5% White, 11.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 13.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.

There were 4,624 households of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.9% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.9% were non-families. 35.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 persons, and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city, the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.5 years. For every 100 females there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $56,442, and the median income for a family was $67,407. Males had a median income of $54,780 versus $39,435 for females (2000 Census). The per capita income for the city was $36,281. About 2.6% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.5% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.

Recognition

In 2007 CNNMoney.com listed Farmington as number 55 in their Best Places to Live survey. [1]

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