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Overview

Introduction to Oak Park, Michigan

Oak Park, Michigan, in Oakland county, is 2 miles SE of Southfield, Michigan and 11 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan. The city is in the Detroit area. There are 29,793 residents in Oak Park.

Oak Park History

In the early 1800s the first European settlers began to arrive in the area around Oak Park. The city of Oak Park itself was first settled in in 1840. Major housing developments began to take place in 1914 and on May 3, 1927, Oak Park was incorporated as a town. On October 29, 1945, Oak Park was reincorporated as a city. In the 1950s major developments began to take place, and at one point of time, Oak Park was labeled the fastest growing city in America.

Oak Park and nearby Attractions

  • Fox Theater Building
  • Historic Fort Wayne
  • Cranbrook Art Museum
  • Detroit Science Center
  • Detroit Zoo
  • Eastern Market

Things To Do In Oak Park

The Fox Theater Building, the Historic Fort Wayne and Fair Lane are all close to the city. The Cranbrook Art Museum, the Ferndale Historical Museum, the Motorsports Hall of Fame, and the Cranbrook Institute of Science have some very interesting exhibits. Visitors with small children can spend a day at the Children's Museum, or visit the Detroit Zoo.

Oak Park Transportation

Detroit City Airport is the closest major airport to Oak Park.

Oak Park Higher Education

Lawrence Technological University and the Oakland Community College-Bloomfield Hills Campus are within the area.

People

Total Population 29,727
Male Share of the Population 45.4%
Female Share of the Population 54.6%
Senior Citizens 14.2%
Employed Population 16+ 13,012
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 38.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.7%
Median Earnings25+ $32,906
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,375
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,988

Wealth

Median Family Income $54,143
% Above Poverty Level 83.8%
% Below Poverty Level 16.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 2.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.1%
Median Gross Rent $983
Median House Value $78,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 63.4%
US/American 0.6%
English 1.8%
Irish 3.7%

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

Oak Park Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles SE of Southfield, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 11 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan
County Oakland
Standard Zip Codes 48237
Phone Area Codes 248
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.459
Longitude -83.182

Oak Park 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 DETROIT CITY AP
Distance 10.2 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
Station DETROIT METRO AP
Distance 17.4 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
Station MILFORD GM PROVING GR
Distance 26.9 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
Ferndale 20,160 $58,700
Huntington Woods 6,333 $130,208
Pleasant Ridge 2,555 $139,750
Royal Oak 58,689 $88,823
Southfield 72,859 $61,806

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

Oak Park Public Libraries

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Oak Park Public Library
14200 OAK PARK BOULEVARD
Oak Park, Michigan
(248) 691-7480

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Oak Park High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

OAK PARK HIGH SCHOOL
13701 OAK PARK BOULEVARD
248-691-8412
Serves 1,388 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.1

ACADEMY OF MICHIGAN
20820 GREENFIELD
248-968-0440
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 530 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.5

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