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 1990s 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.


Total Population 72,859
Male Share of the Population 44.4%
Female Share of the Population 55.6%
Senior Citizens 18.2%
Employed Population 16+ 31,368
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 37.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.5%
Median Earnings25+ $37,681
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,083
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,077


Median Family Income $61,806
% Above Poverty Level 84.8%
% Below Poverty Level 15.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1.8%


People Living Alone 39.8%
Median Gross Rent $980
Median House Value $105,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 67.6%
US/American 0.3%
English 1.9%
Irish 1.9%

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

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berkley 15,178 $89,815
Beverly Hills 10,403 $129,683
Bingham Farms 1,158 $134,000
Huntington Woods 6,333 $130,208
Lathrup Village 4,137 $113,996
Oak Park 29,727 $54,143

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

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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Southfield High Schools

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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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