Introduction to Livonia, Michigan

Livonia is a Michigan city located in Wayne County and situated about 20 miles northwest of Detroit. It is considered part of the Detroit metropolitan area. The city's location offers easy east-west access via Interstate I-96 and north-south transit via Interstate I-275. Other major thoroughfares fan out in all directions from the city, including Michigan State Highways 5, 14, and 39.

Although originally inhabited by Potowatami Indians, the area that is now Livonia was settled by pioneers from New England and New York who were attracted by its rich soil and abundant harvests. The name "Livonia," which is also the name of towns in New York State and Pennsylvania State, was probably named after a region of the Baltic Sea comprising present day Estonia and Latvia. Livonia Township was officially established in 1835 and existed during its first century as primarily a dairy and farming region. Agriculture gave way to commerce and industry in 1948, when the General Motors Corporation built an automatic transmission plant and Ford Motor Company soon followed with a parts depot. In 1950, the Township became incorporated as the City of Livonia. Major local employers today include Ford Motor Company, General Motors, United Parcel Services and St. Mary Mercy Hospital.

Things to See and Do in Livonia

Livonia offers a wide array of historic, cultural, and recreational attractions. The past is preserved and showcased at Greenmead Historical Village and the Wilson Barn. Greenmead, a 103-acre farm/museum, features some of Livonia’s original buildings dating back to the 1850s and is also the site of special events including the annual Fine Arts Festival and Arts and Crafts Festival. Wilson Barn is also the venue for several events throughout the year, including holiday programs, flower sales, and an antique car show. Performance arts are celebrated and embraced in Livonia. The Livonia Symphony Orchestra offers a full concert series and special performances which include Broadway and movie musicals. The Livonia Civic Chorus is another prominent group which stages various performances throughout the city, including an annual spring musical. Each year the people of Livonia celebrate the founding of the city with a week-long birthday party known as Spree. The June event features food, amusement rides, music, fireworks and various attractions for the whole family.

Major league sports are less than 30 minutes away in the city of Detroit. Professional teams calling Detroit their home include the following:

  • Hockey: Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
  • Baseball: Detroit Tigers (MLB)
  • Football: Detroit Lions (NFL)
  • Basketball: Detroit Pistons (NBA)
  • Women's Basketball: Detroit Shock (WNBA)


Total Population 95,312
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 18.1%
Employed Population 16+ 46,738
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 54.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36%
Median Earnings25+ $42,928
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,609
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,187


Median Family Income $84,375
% Above Poverty Level 94.2%
% Below Poverty Level 5.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 27%
Median Gross Rent $976
Median House Value $156,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.5%
US/American 0.4%
English 10.2%
Irish 14.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Livonia Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 15 miles W of Detroit, Michigan
County Wayne
Standard Zip Codes 48150, 48152, 48154
P.O. Box Zip Codes 48151, 48153
Phone Area Codes 734
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.368
Longitude -83.352

Livonia Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7.1 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 33 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 33.5 inches
Distance 9.4 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
Distance 18.2 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dearborn Heights 56,656 $52,119
Garden City 27,161 $60,063
Inkster 24,897 $36,613
Plymouth 8,952 $99,828

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Livonia Public Libraries

Livonia Public Library
Livonia, Michigan
(734) 466-2450
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Livonia Hospitals

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(734) 655-4800
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 2,216 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.3

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Student/teacher ratio: 20.4

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Serves 1,678 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.6

Serves 625 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.9

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Serves 111 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.9

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