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.
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.
- 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
- Oakland County oakgov.com
- Farmington is represented in District 13, District 14, and District 21 (find your county commissioner)
- State House District 37
- State Senate District 14
- 14th Congressional District
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, 24915 Farmington Rd.
- Woodland Hills Park, 26655 Farmington Rd.
- Pioneer Park, 29885 Farmington Rd.
- Harmon Oaks, 28000 Greening Rd.
- Memorial Park, 11 Mile and Middlebelt Roads
- William Grace Dog Park, 29040 Shiawassee
- Soccer, Soccer, 32000 W. 12 Mile Rd.
- Olde Town Park, Independence and Waldron Streets
- Bond Field, 31500 W. 13 Mile Rd.
- Founders Sports Park, 35500 W. Eight Mile Rd.
- Costick Activities Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd.
- Farmington Hills Golf Club, 37777 11 Mile Court
- Farmington Hills Ice Arena, 35500 W. 8 Mile Rd.
- Jon Grant Community Center, 29260 Grand River
- Longacre House, 24705 Farmington Rd.
- Farmington Hills Nature Center, 24915 Farmington Rd.
- Riley Archery Range, 24915 Farmington Rd.
- Riley Skate Park, 35500 W. 8 Mile Rd.