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Statistics and Facts of Southfield Michigan
Southfield was surveyed in 1817 according to the plan by Michigan territorial governor Lewis Cass. The first settlers came from Birmingham and Royal Oak, Michigan, as well as the states of New York and Vermont. The city was founded by John Daniels in 1823. Among the where the Heth's, Stephens, Harmon, McClelland and Thompson families. It was first organized as a township on July 12, 1830. Southfield took its name from its location in the "south fields" of Bloomfield Township. A post office was established in 1833 and the first town hall built in 1873. The Southfield Fire Department was formed on April 6, 1942 and the Southfield Police Department in 1953.
A portion of the township incorporated as a city on April 28, 1958. The current city hall was built in 1964 as part of the new Civic Center complex, which also became home to Southfield's police headquarters. The Civic Center was expanded in 1971 to include a sports arena with swimming pool. Evergreen Hills Golf Course was added in 1972, and in 1978, a new public safety building, the Southfield Pavilion and a new court building was added. In 2003, an expanded and redesigned Southfield Public Library opened to the public on the Civic Center grounds, featuring state-of-the-art facilities. Outside the Civic Center complex, Southfield also has municipal parks and recreation facilities, which were largely developed in the 1970s, including Beech Woods Recreation Center and John Grace Community Center.
The city's population growth occurred primarily between 1950 and 1990 as residents fleeing Detroit's inner city moved out to the suburbs. By the 1970s, Southfield became home to a sizeable Jewish population which built synagogues and schools. By the early 1990s, many middle-class African Americans had moved into the city.
Southfield is also the broadcast media center for the Detroit area, boasting studios and broadcast facilities for several television stations including WXYZ-TV, WJBK-TV, WKBD-TV, and WWJ-TV. The city has one radio station WSHJ 88.3 which is sponsored by Southfield Public Schools.
Population (year 2000): 78,296. Estimated population in July 2006: 76,090 (-2.8% change)
Males: 35,955 (45.9%)
Females: 42,341 (54.1%)
Median resident age: 38.3 years
Michigan median age: 35.5 years
Zip codes: 48034, 48075, 48076.
Estimated median household income in 2005: $49,427 (it was $51,802 in 2000)
Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $193,300 (it was $155,400 in 2000)
Median gross rent in 2005: $890.
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2005: 8.9%
Ancestries: German (5.1%), Polish (4.0%), Irish (3.5%), Russian (3.2%), English (3.2%), Subsaharan African (2.6%).
Elevation: 684 feet
Land area: 26.2 square miles. Population density: 2927 people per square mile
For population 25 years and over in Southfield
High school or higher: 87.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher: 36.7%
Graduate or professional degree: 15.1%
Mean travel time to work: 24.7 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Southfield city
Never married: 31.9%
Now married: 45.7%
10,984 residents are foreign born (7.9% Asia, 3.4% Europe).
This city: 14.0%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2005: $4,069 (2.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2005: $3,440 (1.9%)
Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Detroit, MI (11.7 miles , pop. 951,270).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (307.9 miles , pop. 2,896,016).
Nearest cities: Lathrup Village, MI (1.5 miles ), Beverly Hills, MI (3.2 miles ), Bingham Farms, MI (3.3 miles ), Berkley, MI (4.3 miles ), Oak Park, MI (4.6 miles ), Franklin, MI (4.9 miles ), Birmingham, MI (4.9 miles ), Huntington Woods, MI (5.3 miles ).
Latitude: 42.48 N, Longitude: 83.24 W
Daytime population change due to commuting: +55,509 (+70.9%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 9,041 (23.3%)
Area codes: 248, 810
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in 2006: 162 (149 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here: 1.94
US city average: 3.00
Hospitals/medical centers in Southfield:
GREAT LAKES REGIONAL REHAB HOSPITAL (22401 FOSTER WINTER DR)
PROVIDENCE HOSPITAL (16001 W NINE MILE RD)
STRAITH HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY (23901 LAHSER)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Southfield:
OAKLAND COUNTY INTERNATIONAL (about 17 miles; PONTIAC, MI; ID: PTK)
DETROIT CITY (about 18 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DET)
DETROIT METROPOLITAN WAYNE COUNTY (about 21 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DTW)
Other public-use airports nearest to Southfield:
OAKLAND/TROY (about 7 miles; TROY, MI; ID: 7D2)
CANTON-PLYMOUTH-METTETAL (about 17 miles; PLYMOUTH, MI; ID: 1D2)
COBO HALL (about 19 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: 84G)
Amtrak stations near Southfield:
6 miles: BIRMINGHAM (449 S. ETON ST.). Services: public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, public transit connection.
7 miles: ROYAL OAK (201 S. SHERMAN DR.). Services: enclosed waiting area, public payphones, vending machines, paid short-term parking, taxi stand, intercity bus service, public transit connection.
12 miles: PONTIAC (1600 WIDE TRACK DR.). Services: partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, intercity bus service, public transit connection.
Local government website: www.cityofsouthfield.com/splash.html
Colleges/Universities in Southfield:
LAWRENCE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (Full-time enrollment: 2,479; Location: 21000 W TEN MILE RD; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.ltu.edu; Offers Master's degree)
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (FT enrollment: 673; Location: 26555 EVERGREEN STE 500; Private, for-profit)
SPECS HOWARD SCHOOL OF BROADCAST ARTS INC (FT enrollment: 388; Location: 19900 W NINE MILE RD; Private, for-profit; Website: specshoward.edu)
ACADEMY OF COURT REPORTING (FT enrollment: 203; Location: 26111 EVERGREEN RD STE 101; Private, for-profit)
DETROIT BUSINESS INSTITUTE-SOUTHFIELD (FT enrollment: 176; Location: 23077 GREENFIELD RD STE LL28; Private, for-profit)
TRAVEL EDUCATION INSTITUTE (FT enrollment: 113; Location: 24901 NORTHWESTERN HWY STE 110; Private, for-profit)
NORTHWESTERN TECHNOLOGICAL INSTITUTE (FT enrollment: 97; Location: 24567 NORTHWESTERN HWY STE 200; Private, for-profit)
LAWTON SCHOOL (FT enrollment: 77; Location: 20755 GREENFIELD RD STE 300; Private, for-profit)
ELSA COOPER INSTITUTE OF COURT REPORTING (FT enrollment: 63; Location: 26500 NORTHWESTERN HWY STE 250; Private, for-profit)
DEARBORN FINANCIAL INSTITUTE (Location: 25300 TELEGRAPH RD STE 185; Private, for-profit)
CANEBRIDGE COMPUTER INSTITUTE (Location: 23100 PROVIDENCE DR STE 107 NORTH UNIT; Private, for-profit)
SOUTHEASTERN INSTITUTE OF REAL ESTATE (Location: 20100 CIVIC CTR DR STE 217; Private, for-profit)
IRENES MYOMASSOLOGY INSTITUTE (Location: 18911 TEN MILE RD STE 200; Private, for-profit)
MIDDLETON REAL ESTATE TRAINING INC (Location: 20300 CIVIC CENTER DR STE 405; Private, for-profit)
Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Southfield:
OAKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE-BLOOMFIELD HILLS CAMPUS (about 8 miles; BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI; Full-time enrollment: 11,634)
SCHOOLCRAFT COLLEGE (about 10 miles; LIVONIA, MI; FT enrollment: 4,780)
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX-DETROIT CAMPUS (about 11 miles; TROY, MI; FT enrollment: 2,090)
HENRY FORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 12 miles; DEARBORN, MI; FT enrollment: 6,572)
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DEARBORN (about 12 miles; DEARBORN, MI; FT enrollment: 5,574)
MADONNA UNIVERSITY (about 12 miles; LIVONIA, MI; FT enrollment: 2,431)
OAKLAND UNIVERSITY (about 14 miles; ROCHESTER HILLS, MI; FT enrollment: 11,424)
Public high schools in Southfield:
SOUTHFIELD HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,649; Location: 24675 LAHSER ROAD; Grades: 09 - 12)
ARTHUR ASHE ACADEMY (Students: 165; Location: 24661 LAHSER ROAD; Grades: 07 - 12)
Private high schools in Southfield:
SOUTHFIELD CHRISTIAN HIGH SCH (Students: 450; Location: 28650 LAHSER; Grades: 7 - 12)
FRANKLIN ROAD CHRISTIAN SCH (Students: 287; Location: 26555 FRANKLIN ROAD; Grades: KG - 12)
AKIRA HEBREW DAY SCHOOL (Students: 248; Location: 21100 W 12 MILE RD; Grades: PK - 12)
Biggest public elementary/middle schools in Southfield:
ALICE M. BIRNEY MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 939; Location: 27225 EVERGREEN ROAD; Grades: 06 - 08)
BRACE-LEDERLE K-8 SCHOOL (Students: 796; Location: 18575 W. NINE MILE ROAD; Grades: KG - 08)
GLENN W. LEVEY MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 792; Location: 25300 W. 9 MILE ROAD; Grades: 06 - 08)
MARY E. THOMPSON MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 637; Location: 16300 LINCOLN DRIVE; Grades: 06 - 08)
ACADEMY OF SOUTHFIELD (Students: 535; Location: 18330 GEORGE WASHINGTON STREET; Grades: KG - 08)
ADLAI STEVENSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 441; Location: 27777 LAHSER ROAD; Grades: KG - 05)
GLENN SCHOENHALS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 417; Location: 16500 LINCOLN DRIVE; Grades: KG - 05)
VANDENBERG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 411; Location: 16100 EDWARDS AVENUE; Grades: KG - 05)
JOHN F. KENNEDY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 406; Location: 16299 MOUNT VERNON STREET; Grades: KG - 05)
MORRIS ADLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 405; Location: 19100 FILMORE STREET; Grades: KG - 05)
Private elementary/middle schools in Southfield:
YESHIVA DARCHEI TORAH (Students: 279; Location: 21550 W. 12 MILE ROAD; Grades: KG - 11)
ST MICHAEL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 263; Location: 25175 CODE ROAD; Grades: KG - 8)
ST BEDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 242; Location: 18300 W 12 MILE ROAD; Grades: PK - 8)
OAK MONTESSORI CENTER (Students: 66; Location: 24350 SOUTHFIELD ROAD; Grades: PK - 5)
CHILDREN'S WORLD LEARNING CENT (Students: 55; Location: 25761 GREENFIELD RD; Grades: PK - KG)
NORTH STAR ACADEMY (Students: 22; Location: 17050 DORSET; Grades: 2 - 11)
Library in Southfield:
SOUTHFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $6,834,306; Location: 26000 EVERGREEN ROAD; 182,000 books; 3,979 audio materials; 4,326 video materials; 330 serial subscriptions)
Average household size:
This city: 2.3 people
Michigan: 2.6 people
Percentage of family households:
This city: 58.2%
Whole state: 68.0%
Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city: 4.0%
Whole state: 5.3%