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Wixom, Michigan
City of Wixom
Wixon City Offices along Pontiac Trail
Wixon City Offices along Pontiac Trail
Location within Oakland County
Location within Oakland County
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Country United States
State Michigan
County Oakland
Settled 1831
Platted 1871
Incorporated 1957 (village)
1958 (city)
Government
 • Type Mayor–council
Area
 • City 9.37 sq mi (24.26 km2)
 • Land 9.15 sq mi (23.69 km2)
 • Water 0.22 sq mi (0.57 km2)
Elevation
928 ft (283 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • City 13,498
 • Estimate 
(2019)
14,049
 • Density 1,535.91/sq mi (593.02/km2)
 • Metro
4,296,250 (Metro Detroit)
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48393
Area code 248
FIPS code 26-88140
GNIS ID 1616671

Wixom is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 13,498 at the 2010 census. As a western suburb of Metro Detroit, Wixom is about 20 miles (32.2 km) northwest of the city of Detroit.

The city was home to the now-demolished Wixom Assembly Plant, which operated from 1957–2007. The city is also home to several production and manufacturing businesses, including Trijicon, Discraft, NGK, and Majic Window.

History

The settlement of Wixom dates back to the 1830s. The establishment of Wixom as a place started in the early 1870s when the Holly, Wayne and Monroe Railroad was constructed through the area. Willard Wixom platted land on either side of the railroad near the Novi and Commerce Township border. The construction of a railroad depot and the naming of the area as Wixom fixed Wixom as a destination.

The village of Wixom was incorporated in the 1950s following the announcement of plans to construct the Wixom Assembly Plant in Novi Township. Prior to that time, Wixom was an unincorporated place. The village borders included portions of both Novi and Commerce Townships. Efforts by the remainder of Novi Township to incorporate as a village prompted the newly established village of Wixom to incorporate as a city. The city largely follows the borders of the village although a small area of parkland on the north side of the city was annexed from Commerce Township in the 1970s.

On November 13, 1996, Gerald Atkins "shot his way" (according to eyewitness reports) into the Ford Wixom Assembly Plant plant with a CAR-15 semi-automatic rifle, eventually killing plant manufacturing manager Darrell Izzard (aged 57) in a hallway; the shooter wounded three others. Fleeing the plant, Atkins hid in storm drain tunnels while law enforcement surrounded the plant and trained their weapons from as far away as the Interstate 96 freeway. Hours later he surrendered.

Downtown development

The downtown area of the city is being developed with a new main street area on Pontiac Trail by the city offices called the Wixom Village Center. This was a $200 million project. The Village Center includes a pedestrian plaza, restaurants, and service shops. The residential development called Tribute of Wixom will contain 600 units that include ranch-style condos, town houses, and single-family homes. The project was postponed in 2008 and construction did not begin again until 2014.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.36 square miles (24.24 km2), of which 9.15 square miles (23.70 km2) is land and 0.21 square miles (0.54 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 1,531
1970 2,010 31.3%
1980 6,705 233.6%
1990 8,550 27.5%
2000 13,263 55.1%
2010 13,498 1.8%
2019 (est.) 14,049 4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 13,498 people, 5,725 households, and 3,382 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,475.2 inhabitants per square mile (569.6/km2). There were 6,577 housing units at an average density of 718.8 per square mile (277.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 79.8% White, 11.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 4.9% Asian, 1.9% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.1% of the population.

There were 5,725 households, of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.0% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.9% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.3% 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 3.09.

The median age in the city was 34.8 years. 25.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 31.9% were from 25 to 44; 26.4% were from 45 to 64; and 7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.9% male and 50.1% female.

Education

Most of Wixom is part of Walled Lake Consolidated Schools. A small area of commercial property on the city's southern border lies within the Novi Community Schools district, while the extreme southwest portion of the city is within the South Lyon Community School District.

Schools located in the city limits include Loon Lake Elementary School, Wixom Elementary School, Sarah Banks Middle School, and Wixom Christian School. The district's Twin Sun Preschool is also in Wixom.

Walled Lake district elementary schools serving Wixom include Loon Lake, Wixom, Hickory Woods, and Walled Lake. Most of Wixom is zoned to Banks Middle School, with a small part zoned to Geisler Middle School. Most residents are zoned to Walled Lake Western High School. Some parts of the city are zoned to Walled Lake Central High School.

The portion in the South Lyon district is zoned to Dolsen Elementary School, Centennial Middle School, and South Lyon East High School.

Catholic schools are under the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit. St. Catherine of Siena Academy is in Wixom.

St. William Catholic Church, which includes Wixom in its service area, operates St. William Catholic School, a K-8 school in Walled Lake.

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