Introduction to Milford, Michigan

Milford, Michigan, in Oakland county, is 12 miles SW of Waterford, Michigan (center to center) and 33 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan. There are an estimated 6,272 people who live in the village.

Milford History

In the 1830s, the Huron river attracted the first settlers to Milford. Elizur and Stanley Ruggles began construction of the first sawmill in 1831, which led to the establishment of a community. A township was organized in 1834, and Milford was incorporated as a village in 1869. In 1892, it became one of the first communities with electric lights, which was largely due to waterpower generated by the river. Telephone lines were installed the following year.

Milford and Nearby Attractions

  • Plymouth Historical Museum
  • Kensington Metropark
  • Fair Lane
  • Cranbrook Art Museum
  • Detroit Zoo

Things To Do In Milford

The Plymouth Historical Museum and Dearborn Historical Museum showcase historical exhibits. The Cranbrook Art Museum, the Motorsports Hall of Fame, Cranbrook, and Fair Lane are other museums and historic sites near Milford. The Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area, Proud Lake State Recreation Area, Highland State Recreation Area, and Island Lake State Recreation Area offer camping, fishing, boating, swimming, and picnicking. The Detroit Zoo, Hidden Lake Gardens, and Eastern Market are among the other popular attractions close to Milford.

Milford Transportation

The closest major airport is the Oakland County International Airport.

Milford Higher Education

Madonna University, Eastern Michigan University, and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor are several colleges located near Milford.


Total Population 6,325
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 14.2%
Employed Population 16+ 3,328
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 53.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 40.7%
Median Earnings25+ $50,063
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,258
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,911


Median Family Income $98,306
% Above Poverty Level 92.3%
% Below Poverty Level 7.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 31.2%
Median Gross Rent $654
Median House Value $164,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.1%
US/American 0.2%
English 14.3%
Irish 17.7%

Milford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles SW of Waterford, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 33 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan
County Oakland
Standard Zip Codes 48380, 48381
Phone Area Codes 248
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.593
Longitude -83.599

Milford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 40 to 59 F
Annual Precip 29.2 inches
Distance 21.2 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 35.3 inches
Distance 28.4 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brighton 7,562 $78,654
Novi 56,887 $109,510
South Lyon 11,514 $85,515

Milford Public Libraries

Milford Township Library
Milford, Michigan
(248) 684-0845
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