Introduction to Waterford, Michigan

Waterford, Michigan, in Oakland county, is 31 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan. The town is included in the Detroit metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 73,150 people lived in Waterford.

Waterford History

Before European settlers came here in the 18th and early 19th century, the area was inhabited by the Iroquoian and Algonquian tribes of the Ottawas, Ojibwas, Hurons, Potawatomies, Sauk, Miamis, Sashabaws, and others. Lewis Cass, the third governor of the Michigan Territory, defined the boundaries of Oakland County in 1819. Waterford Township was incorporated in the year 1834.

Waterford and nearby Attractions

  • Waterford Twp Parks & Recreation Department
  • County of Oakland Parks & Recreation
  • Shell Park
  • Waterford Oaks County Park
  • Hess Hathaway Park
  • Michigan Military History Museum

Things To Do In Waterford

The town of Waterford is home to many lovely parks where you can hangout with your friends or family members during leisure hours.

Waterford Transportation

The nearest international airport is Oakland County International.

Waterford Higher Education

The main colleges in the town are Port Huron Cosmetology College and Ross Medical Education Center. Students can also take admission in the Oakland Community College-Bloomfield Hills Campus, located about 12 miles away from the city.


Total Population 72,756
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 13.4%
Employed Population 16+ 35,728
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 48.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.4%
Median Earnings25+ $37,271
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,285
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,943


Median Family Income $67,710
% Above Poverty Level 87.3%
% Below Poverty Level 12.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 28.7%
Median Gross Rent $770
Median House Value $124,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.9%
US/American 0.2%
English 11.1%
Irish 13.4%

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

Waterford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 31 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan
County Oakland
Standard Zip Codes 48327, 48328, 48329
P.O. Box Zip Codes 48330
Phone Area Codes 248
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.702
Longitude -83.402

Waterford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 6.4 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 16.5 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 25.7 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 33 to 55 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 59 F
Annual Precip 30.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Waterford, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Drayton Plains (48330)

Waterford Township (48327, 48328, 48329)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Auburn Hills 22,085 $62,711
Keego Harbor 3,016 $58,688
Lake Angelus 269 $179,375
Lake Orion 3,038 $90,221
Pontiac 59,928 $32,195
Sylvan Lake 1,701 $97,396

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

Waterford Public Libraries

Waterford Township Public Library
Waterford, Michigan
(248) 674-4831
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