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Farmington Hills, Michigan
City of Farmington Hills
Farmington Hills City Hall in 2012
Farmington Hills City Hall in 2012
Flag of Farmington Hills, Michigan
Official logo of Farmington Hills, Michigan
Location within Oakland County
Location within Oakland County
Farmington Hills, Michigan is located in Michigan
Farmington Hills, Michigan
Farmington Hills, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Oakland
Settled 1824
Organized 1827 (township)
Incorporated 1973 (city)
 • Type Council–manager
 • City 33.30 sq mi (86.24 km2)
 • Land 33.27 sq mi (86.16 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
860 ft (262 m)
 • City 79,740
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,423.11/sq mi (935.58/km2)
 • Metro
4,285,832 (Metro Detroit)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48331, 48334–48336
Area code(s) 248
FIPS code 26-27440
GNIS feature ID 1616988

Farmington Hills is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Its population was 83,986 at the 2020 census. It is a northern suburb of Metro Detroit and is the second most-populated city in Oakland County after Troy.

Farmington Hills consistently ranks as one of the safest cities in the United States, as well as in the state of Michigan. The area ranked as the 30th safest city in the U.S in 2010 and as the 2nd safest city in Michigan in 2020. Farmington Hills also ranks as the 36th highest-income place in the United States with a population of 50,000 or more and ranked as 14th America's best cities to live by 24/7 Wall St. in 2016.

Although the two cities have separate services and addresses, Farmington and Farmington Hills are often thought of as the same community. These two cities combined were part of Farmington Township in the time of the Northwest Territory. 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 and the Farmington Community Library.

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. The Holocaust Memorial Center was originally located in neighboring West Bloomfield Township, but has since expanded and moved to its current facility.


According to the United States 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) is water.


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 family and associates to clear the land. The settlement became known as Quakertown. A post office was established in January 1826 with the name of Farmington. The post office is still around today as a historical site. The township of Farmington was organized in 1827. The settlement incorporated as the village of Farmington in the winter of 1866-67. A fire on October 9, 1872, destroyed many buildings in the center of the village. Farmington incorporated as a city in 1926.

A small settlement 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 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 operated until September 1902.

In 1839 a post office named East Farmington was established. It only lasted until 1842.

Before the remainder of Farmington Township incorporated as the city of Farmington Hills, there were two other incorporated entities within the boundaries. The first began as a subdivision named Quaker Valley Farms that 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 incorporated as a village in 1957. The villages together with the remainder of Farmington Township 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 always held in mid-July each summer and is a fair gathering held in the downtown Farmington area. It's filled with arts and crafts, entertainment shows, good food, friends and family, and a fun atmosphere.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 58,056
1990 74,611 28.5%
2000 82,111 10.1%
2010 79,740 −2.9%
2019 (est.) 80,612 1.1%
2018 Estimate

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 of the most prosperous suburbs in the USA, 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.

2020 census

As of the census of 2020, there were 83,986 people residing in the city, and 33,972 households. The population density was 2,396.0 inhabitants per square mile (925.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 62.7% White, 19.9% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 14.1% Asian, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.

2010 census

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 52.9% female.

In April 2013, Farmington Hills had the fourth largest Japanese national population in the state of Michigan, at 589.


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 Centre on Orchard Lake Rd.


Farmington Hills is home to the headquarters of numerous major companies, including Gale and Mango Languages, as well as the United States headquarters of Bosch, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, and TD Auto Finance.

The city was also previously home to the headquarters of Compuware, White Motor Company, A&W Restaurants, and Michigan National Bank.

Nissan's North American technical center is located in Farmington Hills. The Nissan technical center handled project engineering of vehicle bodies used in North America and Latin America. It also has a small laboratory, where as of 2012, research is being conducted with hydrogen 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 designed there.

Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc. maintains an office in Farmington Hills, as does Panasonic Automotive Systems. Lordstown Motors operates a research and development center in Farmington Hills.

According to the city's 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top local employers are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Beaumont Hospital 2,500
2 Robert Bosch Corporation 1,400
3 Nissan Technical Center North America 1,200
4 Hitachi 1,200
5 Farmington Public Schools 1,100
6 TRW Automotive Electronics 650
7 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services 650
8 Concentrix 550
9 Cengage Learning Gale 500
10 Mahle 500


Primary and secondary schools

Oakland Community College, Orchard Ridge Campus

Most of Farmington Hills is served by Farmington Public Schools, which is shared with nearby Farmington. Farmington Hills is home to North Farmington High School, while Farmington High School in Farmington also serves portions of Farmington Hills. Farmington Hills is also served by an alternative high school, Farmington Central. From 1970 until its closing in 2019, Harrison High School also operated in the city, before being converted into a community center.

Farmington Hills also encompasses parts of the Clarenceville School District, and the Walled Lake Consolidated School District.

Mercy High School Farmington Hills Michigan
Mercy High School

Farmington Hills is also home to multiple elementary 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 Mathematics) school.

The area includes several private schools, including two parochial Catholic schools, Our Lady of Sorrows and St. Fabian, run by the Archdiocese of Detroit. St. Fabian is in Farmington Hills, and Our Lady of Sorrows School is in Farmington. Farmington Hills also includes 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 Day School.

Colleges and universities

The city also contains branches of Oakland Community College and Wayne State University, and is the home of the Michigan School of Professional Psychology.

Notable people

Notable current and former residents include:

  • Jena Irene Asciutto, singer, American Idol runner-up
  • 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
  • Pam Dawber, actress
  • Alex DeBrincat, NHL hockey player
  • Colin Egglesfield, actor
  • Donald Foss (born 1945), billionaire founder of subprime car finance company Credit Acceptance
  • Cam Fowler, NHL hockey player for Anaheim Ducks
  • Devin Funchess, wide receiver for NFL's Green Bay Packers
  • Tatiana Gutsu, two-time Olympic champion gymnast
  • Kirsten Haglund, winner of Miss Michigan (2007) and Miss America (2008)
  • Arthur Hanlon, Latin musician
  • Al Jean, writer/producer, The Simpsons
  • Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems
  • Meg Mallon, professional golfer in Hall of Fame
  • Jason Miller, rabbi and entrepreneur
  • Jaime Ray Newman, actress
  • Eren Ozker, puppeteer, Muppeteer
  • Austin Price (born 1995), basketball player in the Israeli Premier Basketball League
  • Cayden Primeau, NHL hockey goaltender
  • Neal Rubin, columnist for The Detroit News
  • Barry Sanders, Hall of Fame running back for Detroit Lions; resident
  • Drew Stanton, quarterback for Michigan State and NFL's Cleveland Browns
  • Tally Hall, indie rock band based in Ann Arbor
  • Fred Toucher, Boston radio DJ for 98.5 The Sports Hub
  • James Wolk, actor
  • Jody Lockman, farmer, Bill Nelson Productions inventor of the Corn Flake Shake

See also

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