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Okemos, Michigan
Intersection of Okemos and Hamilton Road
Intersection of Okemos and Hamilton Road
Location within Ingham County
Location within Ingham County
Okemos, Michigan is located in Michigan
Okemos, Michigan
Okemos, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Okemos, Michigan is located in the United States
Okemos, Michigan
Okemos, Michigan
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Michigan
County Ingham
Townships Alaiedon, Meridian, and Williamstown
Settled 1839
 • Total 16.91 sq mi (43.8 km2)
 • Land 16.76 sq mi (43.4 km2)
 • Water 0.15 sq mi (0.4 km2)
840 ft (256 m)
 • Total 21,369
 • Density 1,275/sq mi (492.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
48805, 48864
48895 (Williamston)
Area code(s) 517
FIPS code 26-60340
GNIS feature ID 0633973
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Chief Okemos historic marker at the Four Corners of Okemos

Okemos ( oh-KA-mis) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Ingham County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population of the CDP was 21,369 at the 2010 census. Okemos is located mostly within Meridian Charter Township, with a small portion extending south into Alaiedon Township and east into Williamstown Township.

Okemos contains its own post offices with the 48805 and 48864 ZIP Codes, as well as its own school district, Okemos Public Schools, that also serves portions of the surrounding area.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 16.9 square miles (44 km2), of which 16.8 square miles (44 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.8%) is water.

The Red Cedar River runs through Okemos.

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Chief Okemos sign at the Four Corners of Okemos, Michigan


As of the census of 2010, there were 21,369 people, 8,824 households, and 5,416 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,274.7 per square mile (487.8/km2). There were 9,384 housing units at an average density of 554.9 per square mile (214.2/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 76.5% White, 14.4% Asian, 5.1% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.1% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.3% of the population.

There were 9,194 households, out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the CDP, 23.9% of the population was under the age of 18, 14.5% was from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 25.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.

The median income for an average household in the CDP was $62,810, and the median income for a family was $88,459 (These figures had risen to $75,736 and $101,903 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $60,601 versus $41,393 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $33,401. About 3.3% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 0.5% of those age 65 or over.

In 2011, CNN Money Magazine rated Okemos as the 12th-best city to live in for "the rich and single".

Points of interest

  • The Meridian Historical Village [1] and farmers market
  • Ferguson Park [2], along the Red Cedar River on Okemos Road, is thought to be the meeting place where Chief Okemos and the war chiefs held their pow wows.
  • The Hamilton Building at 2060 Hamilton Road (near The Four Corners of Okemos), is the oldest commercial building in Okemos, and replaced the old Walker General Store, which was built in 1853. The Hamilton Building held its first ice cream social on June 11, 1904, and was built to house the International Order of Odd Fellows, a charity organization. The planks in the building are from the Walnut grove on which it sits. Along with Ferguson Park, it is also part of the oldest settlement in the area along the old plank road between Detroit and the Capitol in Lansing
  • Nancy Moore Park [3]
  • Meridian Mall [4] whose motto is "Meridian Mall is the One, with a Million Square Feet of Fun!"
  • Okemos Public Schools
  • The Hope Borbas Okemos branch [5] of the Capital Area District Library
  • The Okemos High School Girls' Soccer Team won the 2012 Class A State Championship.


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, Okemos has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.

Notable people

  • Travis Bader. Professional Basketball Player
  • Curtis Cregan, singer and theater actor
  • Doc Corbin Dart, punk rock musician
  • Monica Drake, author
  • Lawrence Joseph Giacoletto, electrical engineer and inventor
  • Madison Hubbell, 2018 US Olympic ice dancer
  • James Hynes, novelist, born in Okemos in 1955
  • Susan Jacoby, author, born and raised in Okemos
  • Seth Meyers, comedian, Saturday Night Live cast member, host of Late Night with Seth Meyers, attended Edgewood Elementary
  • Josh Meyers, comedian, MADtv cast member
  • Taylor Moton, NFL player, attended Okemos Public Schools
  • Larry Page, co-founder of Google, went to Montessori School in Okemos
  • Heather Raffo, playwright, author of Nine Parts of Desire
  • Andrew Robl, professional poker player
  • Benjamin Schneider, American indie musician for Lord Huron, attended Okemos Public Schools
  • Tyler Oakley, YouTuber, blogger, and LGBT activist
  • Tom Welling, actor, played Clark Kent in television series Smallville
  • Kim Chi, stage name of Sang-Young Shin, a Korean-American drag queen, artist, and television personality best known as a contestant on season 8 of RuPaul's Drag Race
  • John Bennett Ramsey, father of JonBenét Ramsey, attended Okemos High School
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