Southfield, Michigan

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Southfield, Michigan

Introduction to Southfield, Michigan

Southfield, Michigan, in Oakland county, is 13 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan. Southfield is recognized as a suburb of Detroit. It's also a major commercial center and features the Southfield Town Center, which is a well known upscale office center for the region. The city is home to the corporate headquarters of notable companies such as Federal-Mogul, Electronic Data Systems, Denso and Lear Corporation. A vast number of Fortune 500 companies have office space in the city.

The daytime population swells due to the commuters who work in the city's vast number of offices. It's a modern city with skyscrapers but it also features numerous tree-lined neighborhoods. Southfield has a large number of hotels and is popular for conventions and conferences. The city includes a vast amount of parkland and nationally recognized school districts. The Rogue River flows through the town.

Southfield History

The original settlers arrived from Birmingham and Royal Oak Michigan as well as from New York and Vermont. The city was established in 1823 by John Daniels. The name was given due to being located in the "south fields" of Bloomfield Township. The municipality experienced significant population growth from the 1950's to 1990 primarily due to citizens of Detroit choosing to move to suburban areas. By the early 1990's a large number of middle-class African Americans relocated in Southfield.

Southfield Activities and Entertainment

The city features more than 700 acres of parkland, and an extensive system of nature and fitness trails. It's home to almost 200 restaurants and features a wide variety of cuisine. The prominent Star Southfield Entertainment Center is popular for watching movies and for it's restaurants. The Civic Center Park features an ice skating facility, a sports arena, a popular golf course and other recreational facilities.

The Southfield Sports Arena includes an indoor ice skating facility that is also utilized for ice hockey. Popular shopping destinations include the Northland Mall and Greenfield. The Millennium Center offers Broadway shows, ballet and a variety of musicals. Residents can easily travel to nearby Detroit for entertainment and watching professional sports.

Southfield Transportation

The city is served by the nearby Detroit Metropolitan International and Oakland County International airports. SMART provides bus services for the area.

Southfield Higher Education

Southfield is home to the Lawrence Technological University and the National Institute of Technology. Oakland Community College is nearby.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Southfield Racial Diversity
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Southfield Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 9% Southfield Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 10% Southfield College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 12% Southfield Median Family Income
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 16% Southfield Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Southfield, Michigan

Comparing Southfield 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
Female Share of the Population 10 9
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 9 10
Age of the Population 9 8
Senior Citizens 8 7
Racial Diversity 7 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3
Male Share of the Population 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 2 2
Average Household Size 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 8 10
Median Family Income 8 9
People in Middle Class or Better 7 8
People Above Poverty 7 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 5 4
Working at Home 5 5
Public Transportation Use 4 9
Walking and Biking to Work 2 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 3
Housing Recently Built 5 9
Affordability of Rents 3 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 1

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Southfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 13 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan
County Oakland
Standard Zip Codes 48034, 48075, 48076
P.O. Box Zip Codes 48037, 48086
Phone Area Codes 248
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.473
Longitude -83.221

Southfield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 10.9 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 12.4 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 24.7 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
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Southfield Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 78,296 100%
Male 35,955 45.9%
Female 42,341 54.1%
Under 18 16,876 21.6%
18+ 61,420 78.4%
65+ 11,888 15.2%
Median Age 38.3
Average Family Size 3.01
White 30,406 38.8%
African-American 42,454 54.2%
Asian 2,416 3.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 157 0.2%
Other 498 0.6%
Mixed Race 2,341 3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 934 1.2%

Estimated Southfield Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 76,818
Growth -1,478
Growth % -1.9%

Southfield 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
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 60.3%
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 5.1%
German 3.7%
Polish 3.2%
Russian 3.2%
US/American 2.8%
Irish 2.5%
English 2.4%
African 1.9%
Italian 1.5%
Iraqi 0.9%
French (except Basque) 0.8%
Armenian 0.7%
Arab/Arabic 0.7%
Ukrainian 0.6%
Scottish 0.6%
Nigerian 0.6%
French Canadian 0.6%
Hungarian 0.6%
Jamaican 0.5%
Scotch-Irish 0.4%
Dutch 0.4%
Canadian 0.4%
European 0.4%
Eastern European 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Swedish 0.3%
Romanian 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Liberian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Israeli 0.2%
Norwegian 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Southfield 78,296 $64,543
Berkley 15,531 $66,968
Beverly Hills 10,437 $102,223
Bingham Farms 1,030 $138,806
Huntington Woods 6,151 $97,055
Lathrup Village 4,236 $98,213
Oak Park 29,793 $54,786

Southfield Public Libraries

Southfield Public Library
Southfield, Michigan
(248) 948-0460
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Southfield Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
23901 LAHSER
(248) 357-3360
Emergency Service: No

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(248) 849-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

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(As of 2005)
12 Mile & Telegraph
24529 12 Mile Road
Northwestern Highway
29999 Northwestern Highway
Southfield & 10 Mile (UCO)
24791 Southfield Road
Telegraph & 9 Mile (UCO)
22506 Telegraph Road
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Southfield High Schools (2004)

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Serves 1,649 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

A Charter School.
Serves 294 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.2

A Magnet School.
A Title I School.
Serves 165 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.9

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