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Milford
Village
Village of Milford
Milford Civic Center, Atlantic St.
Milford Civic Center, Atlantic St.
Official seal of Milford
Seal
Location in Oakland County and the state of Michigan
Location in Oakland County and the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°35′37″N 83°35′58″W / 42.59361°N 83.59944°W / 42.59361; -83.59944Coordinates: 42°35′37″N 83°35′58″W / 42.59361°N 83.59944°W / 42.59361; -83.59944
Country United States
State Michigan
County Oakland
Area
 • Total 2.52 sq mi (6.53 km2)
 • Land 2.43 sq mi (6.29 km2)
 • Water 0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)
Elevation
965 ft (288.036 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 6,175
 • Estimate 
(2012)
6,307
 • Density 2,541.2/sq mi (981.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
48380-48381
Area code(s) 248
FIPS code 26-53960
GNIS feature ID 0632306
Website http://www.villageofmilford.org

Milford is a village in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 6,175 at the 2010 census. The village is located within Milford Township.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.52 square miles (6.53 km2), of which 2.43 square miles (6.29 km2) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,251
1890 1,138 −9.0%
1900 1,108 −2.6%
1910 973 −12.2%
1920 1,088 11.8%
1930 1,364 25.4%
1940 1,637 20.0%
1950 1,924 17.5%
1960 4,323 124.7%
1970 4,699 8.7%
1980 5,041 7.3%
1990 5,511 9.3%
2000 6,272 13.8%
2010 6,175 −1.5%
2015 (est.) 6,472 4.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 6,175 people, 2,589 households, and 1,719 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,541.2 inhabitants per square mile (981.2/km2). There were 2,777 housing units at an average density of 1,142.8 per square mile (441.2/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.7% White, 0.6% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 2,589 households of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.6% were non-families. 28.4% 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 2.38 and the average family size was 2.93.

The median age in the village was 40.8 years. 23.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.8% were from 25 to 44; 30.9% were from 45 to 64; and 12.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.4% male and 52.6% female.

History

The village of Milford began with the building of a sawmill by Elizur and Stanley Ruggles in 1832. Early county records indicate that the mill was erected in the "Township" at that time, and that formal organization would occur in 1834. That same year, the first gristmill was erected by Luman Fuller. In 1835, the first post office was established with Aaron Phelps as postmaster.

The Lower Mill Pond was created in 1836 to provide waterpower for the various types of mills and factories. The Upper Mill Pond followed in 1845. In 1911, the Hubbell Pond was created by a dam built on the Huron River to generate electricity. The village was incorporated in 1869.

Hydropower made it possible for Milford to become one of the first communities to have electric lights, in 1892. A year later, telephone service was available in the Village. As a point of reference, nearby South Lyon did not have electric lights until 1932.

By 1939, Henry Ford built a carburetor plant and two hydroelectric stations intended to allow residents to maintain their agricultural work while working in the factories. The former carburetor plant was demolished in 2002. The Art Deco station still remains on Pettibone Creek in the village, and restoration work began in 2004.

(Historical information gathered from the Milford Historical Society, The Oakland Press, "An Account of Oakland County", listed in External Links.)

Climate

This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Milford has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.

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