South Lyon, Michigan

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South Lyon, Michigan

Introduction to South Lyon, Michigan

South Lyon, Michigan, in Oakland county, is 13 miles N of Ann Arbor, Michigan and 32 miles W of Detroit, Michigan. The city is part of the Detroit metropolitan statistical area. About 10,036 people live in South Lyon.

South Lyon History

The area that is now known as South Lyon City was originially referred to as Thompson’s Corners. The early settlements in the area began in the year 1832 when the first house was built by. The Michigan Legislature named the surrounding township after Lucius Lyon, one of its members.

South Lyon and nearby Attractions

  • Witches Hat Depot Museum
  • Health Emporium
  • Escapades
  • The 4 Seasons Garden Club
  • McHattie park
  • Moose Ridge Golf Course

Things To Do In South Lyon

You can enjoy a walk down the historic downtown of South Lyon during your leisure time. Take time out to visit the famous McHattie park, which comprises the historic Witch's Hat Depot Museum, the Freight House and the Victorian Gazebo. The city is also dotted with various restaurants and bars.

South Lyon Transportation

Oakland County International Airport is close to the city.

South Lyon Higher Education

Some of the universities and colleges situated close to the city are the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College.

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High Points

South Lyon strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Michigan):

Category Trophy
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 8% South Lyon People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 11% South Lyon Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 13% South Lyon College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% South Lyon Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% South Lyon Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of South Lyon, Michigan

Comparing South Lyon to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Michigan (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 9 10
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Female Share of the Population 7 6
Senior Citizens 6 6
Male Share of the Population 5 5
Age of the Population 4 5
Racial Diversity 3 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 8
Average Household Size 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 9 10
Median Family Income 8 9
College Educated Adults 8 9
People Above Poverty 8 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 6 6
Walking and Biking to Work 3 5
Short Commute Times 2 1
Public Transportation Use 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 7
People Living Alone 7 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 1
Affordability of Rents 3 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 8 8
Low Violent Crime 6 6

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South Lyon Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 13 miles N of Ann Arbor, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 32 miles W of Detroit, Michigan
County Oakland
Standard Zip Codes 48178
Phone Area Codes 248
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.46
Longitude -83.651

South Lyon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8.6 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 22.2 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 22.6 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
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South Lyon Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 10,036 100%
Male 4,786 47.7%
Female 5,250 52.3%
Under 18 2,491 24.8%
18+ 7,545 75.2%
65+ 1,507 15%
Median Age 35.2
Average Family Size 2.98
White 9,703 96.7%
African-American 39 0.4%
Asian 109 1.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 17 0.2%
Other 40 0.4%
Mixed Race 116 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 161 1.6%

Estimated South Lyon Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 11,040
Growth 1,004
Growth % 10%

South Lyon Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 20.2%
Irish 11.4%
English 10%
Polish 9.5%
Italian 6.7%
US/American 6.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.3%
Scottish 4.4%
French (except Basque) 3.6%
French Canadian 3.4%
Scotch-Irish 2.7%
Danish 1.8%
Dutch 1.7%
Finnish 1.5%
Hungarian 1.4%
Swedish 0.8%
Austrian 0.7%
Russian 0.7%
Maltese 0.6%
Canadian 0.5%
Norwegian 0.5%
Romanian 0.5%
Belgian 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
British 0.3%
Serbian 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
Pennsylvania German 0.2%
European 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Australian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
South Lyon 10,036 $67,167
Brighton 6,701 $62,222
Milford 6,272 $71,333
Northville 6,459 $98,802
Novi 47,386 $91,369
Walled Lake 6,713 $55,613
Wixom 13,263 $64,918

South Lyon Public Libraries

Salem-south Lyon District Library
South Lyon, Michigan
(248) 437-6431

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South Lyon High Schools (2004)

Serves 1,878 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

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