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.


Total Population 82,106
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 14.7%
Employed Population 16+ 39,360
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 61.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 57.7%
Median Earnings25+ $54,311
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,401
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,051


Median Family Income $99,011
% Above Poverty Level 93%
% Below Poverty Level 7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 23.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,036
Median House Value $220,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.3%
US/American 0.4%
English 8.3%
Irish 9.6%

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Birmingham 20,382 $139,113
Bloomfield Hills 3,925 $208,333
Clawson 11,943 $71,417
Rochester 12,872 $119,223
Rochester Hills 72,195 $102,284
Utica 4,747 $63,925

Troy Public Libraries

Troy Public Library
Troy, Michigan
(248) 524-3538
Library Web Site

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Troy Hospitals

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

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Troy High Schools

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Serves 1,958 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

Serves 1,957 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

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