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Overview

Introduction to Milford, Michigan

Milford, Michigan, in Oakland county, is 12 miles SW of Waterford, Michigan (center to center) and 33 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan.

Milford History

In the 1830s, the Huron river attracted the first settlers to Milford. Elizur and Stanley Ruggles began construction of the first sawmill in 1831, which led to the establishment of a community. A township was organized in 1834, and Milford was incorporated as a village in 1869. In 1892, it became one of the first communities with electric lights, which was largely due to waterpower generated by the river. Telephone lines were installed the following year.

Milford and Nearby Attractions

  • Plymouth Historical Museum
  • Kensington Metropark
  • Fair Lane
  • Cranbrook Art Museum
  • Detroit Zoo

Things To Do In Milford

The Plymouth Historical Museum and Dearborn Historical Museum showcase historical exhibits. The Cranbrook Art Museum, the Motorsports Hall of Fame, Cranbrook, and Fair Lane are other museums and historic sites near Milford. The Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area, Proud Lake State Recreation Area, Highland State Recreation Area, and Island Lake State Recreation Area offer camping, fishing, boating, swimming, and picnicking. The Detroit Zoo, Hidden Lake Gardens, and Eastern Market are among the other popular attractions close to Milford.

Milford Transportation

The closest major airport is the Oakland County International Airport.

Milford Higher Education

Madonna University, Eastern Michigan University, and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor are several colleges located near Milford.

People

Total Population 6,390
Male Share of the Population 46.6%
Female Share of the Population 53.4%
Senior Citizens 15%
Employed Population 16+ 3,279
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 57%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 44.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $104,100
% Above Poverty Level 92.7%
% Below Poverty Level 7.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 29.4%
Median Gross Rent $665
Median House Value $184,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.6%
US/American 0.4%
English 15%
Irish 20.8%

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

Milford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles SW of Waterford, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 33 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan
County Oakland
Standard Zip Codes 48380, 48381
Phone Area Codes 248
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.593
Longitude -83.599

Milford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station MILFORD GM PROVING GR
Distance 4.3 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
Station ANN ARBOR UNIV OF MICH
Distance 21.2 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 61 F
Annual Precip 35.3 inches
Station DETROIT METRO AP
Distance 28.4 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 64 to 83 F
Oct Temp 43 to 61 F
Annual Precip 32.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brighton 7,555 $79,818
Novi 57,577 $108,982
South Lyon 11,616 $92,736

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

Milford Public Libraries

Library
Milford Township Library
1100 ATLANTIC STREET
Milford, Michigan
(248) 684-0845
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