Troy, Michigan

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Troy, Michigan

Introduction to Troy Michigan

Troy is a suburb of Detroit and is situated in affluent Oakland County. Troy is a major shopping area for residents residing in the Detroit area. The city is also the location of a large number of office centers. Troy is the home of automotive corporations and numerous financial companies. The city features the impressive Somerset Mall.


The earliest recorded purchases of land in what was known as Troy Township occurred in 1819. A couple of years later a settlement known as Troy Corners was established due to Johnson Niles buying 160 acres in the region. The area is currently the north-central area of Troy. In 1827 Troy Township was established. In 1955 Troy was officially incorporated primarily as a strategy for preventing border cities from taking more land.


The International Academy of Design and Technology and Walsh College are located in Troy. Branches of several colleges are located in Troy including the University of Phoenix, ITT Technical Institute, Central Michigan University and Spring Harbor University. The Management Education Center of Michigan State University can also be found in Troy.

The city has been recognized for its outstanding school system. The schools in Troy have a high graduation rate as well as an excellent record regarding the percentage of students that go on to attend college.

Troy is home to the Oakland-Troy Airport which is a general aviation airport often utilized by business people and tourists flying charter planes.


The Troy Historical Museum is popular with visitors and was designed to display the various stages of the history of Troy. The museum features ten historic structures. Visitors are allowed to enter the buildings and view the historic decorations that fill the structures that include a school house from the 18th century, a blacksmith's shop, a general store, a church and the home of the pastor and a log and mud structure.

The Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center is a nature sanctuary containing about 100 acres. The focus of the sanctuary is to educate people about the world of nature. The center is a beautiful area for visitors to enjoy and the center features numerous school programs to educate kids about nature.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Troy Well-Paid Single Men
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Troy Low Rate of Poverty
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Troy Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Troy Well-Paid Single Women
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Troy People in Middle Class or Better
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Troy College Educated Adults
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 12% Troy Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Troy, Michigan

Comparing Troy 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
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Age of the Population 8 8
Male Share of the Population 8 9
Racial Diversity 4 9
Senior Citizens 4 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 4
Female Share of the Population 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 10
Average Household Size 7 9


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 7 7
Short Commute Times 5 4
Walking and Biking to Work 2 6
Public Transportation Use 2 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 6
Housing Recently Built 7 10
People Living Alone 4 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 5
Affordability of Rents 3 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 1

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Troy Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 19 miles N of Detroit, Michigan
County Oakland
Standard Zip Codes 48083, 48084, 48085, 48098
P.O. Box Zip Codes 48007, 48099
Phone Area Codes 248
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.605
Longitude -83.15

Troy Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8.2 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 16.1 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 20.4 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
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Troy Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 80,959 100%
Male 40,081 49.5%
Female 40,878 50.5%
Under 18 21,218 26.2%
18+ 59,741 73.8%
65+ 8,286 10.2%
Median Age 38.1
Average Family Size 3.23
White 66,627 82.3%
African-American 1,694 2.1%
Asian 10,730 13.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 125 0.2%
Other 292 0.4%
Mixed Race 1,473 1.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,184 1.5%

Estimated Troy Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 81,168
Growth 209
Growth % 0.3%

Troy 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) 19%
German 14%
Irish 9%
Polish 9%
English 8.5%
Italian 6.8%
US/American 3.6%
Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac 2.8%
French (except Basque) 2.2%
Scottish 2%
Romanian 1.4%
French Canadian 1.4%
Ukrainian 1.2%
Lebanese 1.2%
Greek 1.2%
Russian 1%
Dutch 1%
Hungarian 1%
Scotch-Irish 1%
Swedish 0.9%
European 0.9%
Finnish 0.8%
Canadian 0.8%
Norwegian 0.8%
Albanian 0.6%
Belgian 0.6%
Iraqi 0.5%
Egyptian 0.5%
Danish 0.5%
British 0.5%
Slovak 0.4%
Austrian 0.4%
Syrian 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Armenian 0.3%
Croatian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Arab/Arabic 0.3%
Iranian 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Macedonian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Troy 80,959 $92,058
Birmingham 19,291 $110,627
Bloomfield Hills 3,940 $200,001
Clawson 12,732 $64,684
Rochester 10,467 $92,078
Rochester Hills 68,825 $89,653
Utica 4,577 $57,156

Troy Public Libraries

Troy Public Library
Troy, Michigan
(248) 524-3538
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Troy Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(248) 964-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Troy

(As of 2005)
Crooks & Long Lake
5385 Crooks Rd.
Marshall Fields-Oakland Mall
500 W 14 Mile Rd
Sixteen & John R. Roads
1921 East Big Beaver Rd
Somerset Kiosk
2800 W Big Beaver Rd
Somerset Mall - Bridge
2801 W Big Beaver Rd
Somerset North Mall
2800 Big Beaver Road
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Troy High Schools (2004)

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Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

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Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

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