Introduction to Berkley, Michigan

Berkley, Michigan, in Oakland county, is 2 miles NW of Royal Oak, Michigan and 13 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan. The city is part of the Detroit metropolitan statistical area. About 15,531 people live in Berkley.

Berkley History

Berkley was first settled in the year 1815. At that time, this area was the site of the Ottawa Indian Gardens. It also included a flowing artesian spring that provided the town's water supply until 1926. Berkley derived its name from a local farm. The area was incorporated as a village in 1923 and was reincorporated as a city in 1932.

Berkley and nearby Attractions

  • Berkley Historical Museum
  • Ferndale Historical Museum
  • Troy Museum & Historic Village
  • Detroit Zoo
  • Cranbrook House
  • Dodge 4 State Park

Things To Do In Berkley

The city boasts of nine parks that include tennis courts, horseshoe courts, picnic areas, multi-use turf areas and many other recreational facilities. Skaters can also visit the Berkley Ice Arena. Another popular tourist destination near the city is the Detroit Zoo.

Berkley Transportation

Detroit City Airport is nearby.

Berkley Higher Education

Opportunities for higher studies are provided by the Lawrence Technological University, Oakland University, Henry Ford Community College, University of Phoenix - Detroit Campus, and many other colleges and universities.


Total Population 15,136
Male Share of the Population 50.4%
Female Share of the Population 49.6%
Senior Citizens 11.1%
Employed Population 16+ 8,363
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 47.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 47.2%
Median Earnings25+ $49,664
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $12,708
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,404


Median Family Income $88,434
% Above Poverty Level 92.7%
% Below Poverty Level 7.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 34.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,091
Median House Value $145,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.4%
US/American 0.6%
English 14.4%
Irish 17.5%

Berkley Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles NW of Royal Oak, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 13 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan
County Oakland
Standard Zip Codes 48072
Phone Area Codes 248
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.503
Longitude -83.183

Berkley Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 11.8 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 30 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 60 F
Annual Precip 30 inches
Distance 11.8 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 33 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 62 F
Annual Precip 0 inches
Distance 20.2 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 64 to 83 F
Oct Temp 43 to 61 F
Annual Precip 32.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beverly Hills 10,368 $126,033
Huntington Woods 6,310 $131,765
Lathrup Village 4,109 $98,362
Oak Park 29,622 $52,904
Royal Oak 58,382 $87,521
Southfield 72,480 $62,248

Berkley Public Libraries

Berkley Public Library
Berkley, Michigan
(248) 546-2440
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Student/teacher ratio: 19.3

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