All About Farmington Hills

Farmington Hills

Farmington Hills, Oakland County’s second largest city, wraps around the City of Farmington as a collection of bucolic suburban neighborhoods and thriving centers of commerce.

The city is home to the land where Arthur Power felled the first tree and built a settlement known first as Powerville, then Quakertown, then Farmington Township, which was incorporated – along with two small villages – in 1973. The city’s population grew steadily to a high of more than 82,000 in 2000, then dropped below 80,000 in the 2010 Census.

While Farmington Hills does not have a central business district, commercial centers on Middlebelt, Orchard Lake, Farmington, and Haggerty Roads provide plenty of retail shops and restaurants. Many Farmington Hills residents also consider Farmington’s central business district their “downtown.” The cities also share a school district, a library system, emergency services dispatch, senior and other city services.

Farmington Hills consistently shows up on lists of the safest and best places to live in Michigan and the U.S. In recent years, crime rates have hit historic lows.


DEMOGRAPHICS

2010 Census

Population: 79,740 (33,559 households)

Race: 69.7% White, 17.4% African American, 10.1% Asian, Hispanic or Latino, 1.9%, 0.2% Native American, 0.4% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races.

Median age: 42.1 years

Median income: $61,757

Poverty: 4.1% of the population, 3.2% of children under 18, and 7.6% of adults 65 and older live below the poverty line.


Farmington Hills City Hall

GOVERNMENT

Local

  • City of Farmington Hills, 31555 W. 11 Mile Rd. fhgov.com
    • Strong city manager form of government with an elected city council and an appointed mayor
  • Farmington Public Schools, 32500 Shiawassee Street farmington.k12.mi.us

County

State

  • State House District 37
  • State Senate District 14

Federal

  • 14th Congressional District

Holocaust Memorial Center

LOCAL LANDMARKS

Holocaust Memorial Center – 28123 Orchard Lake Road  holocaustcenter.org

This stark structure was built on the site of an old movie theater as the museum moved in 2000 from its home at Maple and Drake in West Bloomfield to Farmington Hills. The stripes on the outside of the building recall those on the uniforms worn by Jews in Nazi death camps, and six, lighted pillars honor the memory of the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust. The museum houses many exhibits that relate both the horrors and the heroes of that period in time.

Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum – 31005 Orchard Lake Rd. facebook.com

This 5000-square-foot museum holds hundreds of arcade games, coin-operated devices and other oddities collected by the late Marvin Yagoda, whose family has kept the business going since his death in 2017.


Heritage Park

PARKS

RECREATION