Introduction to Clawson, Michigan

Clawson, Michigan, in Oakland county, is 3 miles N of Royal Oak, Michigan and 14 miles N of Detroit, Michigan. The city is considered part of the Detroit metropolitan area. Clawson has a population of 12,732.

Clawson History

Early settlers in this area purchased land and named it sections 3 and 4 of Town 1, Range 11 East and sections 33 and 34 of Town 2, Range 11 East, Bloomfield Township. The first road was built in the year 1827 between these section lines. Clawson was incorporated as a city in 1940.

Clawson and nearby Attractions

  • Clawson Historical Museum
  • Madison Heights Nature Center
  • Clawson Parks & Recreation
  • Clawson Park
  • Red Run Golf Club
  • Worden Park

Things To Do In Clawson

One can attend the swimming training center at Clawson High School, which offers swimming and adult water aerobics classes. Clawson Parks and Recreation Department also organizes various activities and programs throughout the year.

Clawson Transportation

Detroit City Airport provides air transportation to the area.

Clawson Higher Education

The colleges and universities situated close to the city are University of Phoenix-Detroit Campus, Oakland Community College-Bloomfield Hills Campus, Macomb Community College and Henry Ford Community College.


Total Population 11,943
Male Share of the Population 48%
Female Share of the Population 52%
Senior Citizens 15.2%
Employed Population 16+ 6,518
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 44.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.4%
Median Earnings25+ $40,277
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,120
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,563


Median Family Income $71,417
% Above Poverty Level 92%
% Below Poverty Level 8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 39.4%
Median Gross Rent $814
Median House Value $122,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.2%
US/American 0.3%
English 12.5%
Irish 14.4%

Clawson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles N of Royal Oak, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 14 miles N of Detroit, Michigan
County Oakland
Standard Zip Codes 48017
Company Zip Codes 48398
Phone Area Codes 248
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.533
Longitude -83.146

Clawson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 11.2 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 11.9 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 22.8 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
Berkley 15,136 $88,434
Beverly Hills 10,368 $126,033
Birmingham 20,382 $139,113
Huntington Woods 6,310 $131,765
Madison Heights 30,028 $49,706
Royal Oak 58,382 $87,521

Clawson Public Libraries

Blair Memorial Library
Clawson, Michigan
(248) 588-5500
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Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

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