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Overview

Introduction to Walled Lake, Michigan

Walled Lake, Michigan, in Oakland county, is 6 miles NW of Farmington Hills, Michigan (center to center) and 26 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan.

Walled Lake History

Native Americans of the Potawatomi and Algonguian tribes originally settled this region. Walter Hewitt, the first white settler, arrived in 1825, and built a log cabin. He was followed by several other families. Bela Armstrong, and Cornelius Austin, veterans of the War of 1812, came in 1826. Pentice and King established a trading post in 1830, and named it "white rock." Eliphat Hungerford planted the community's first apple orchard in 1831. During the mid-1830s, a highway that was built caused the community to expand and in 1836, the village of Walled Lake was platted by Jesse Tuttle. According to tradition, the name "Walled Lake" was given by Walter Hewitt, probably due to the presence of a stone wall along the western bank of the area's lake.

Walled Lake and Nearby Attractions

  • Dearborn Historical Museum
  • Historic Fort Wayne
  • Bald Mountain Recreation Area
  • Detroit Zoo
  • Cranbrook Art Museum

Things To Do In Walled Lake

Numerous museums and historic sites are near Walled Lake including the Lincoln Park Historical Museum, Motorsports Hall of Fame, Ferndale Historical Museum, Cranbrook, Historic Fort Wayne, and Fair Lane. Troy Museum & Historic Village, another place of historic importance, includes a log cabin, a schoolhouse, a general store, and a print shop. Various recreational activities like fishing, swimming, boating, canoeing, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, and camping, can be enjoyed at the Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area, Proud Lake State Recreation Area, Kensington Metropark, and Highland State Recreation Area. Another popular place to visit is the Detroit Zoo.

Walled Lake Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Oakland County International Airport.

Walled Lake Higher Education

Madonna University, Oakland Community College, Lawrence Technological University, and University of Michigan are some of the nearby colleges.

People

Total Population7,091
Male Share of the Population45.6%
Female Share of the Population54.4%
Senior Citizens13.1%
Employed Population 16+3,716
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married40.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher29.1%
Median Earnings25+$0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0

Wealth

Median Family Income$65,186
% Above Poverty Level92%
% Below Poverty Level8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.4%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone41.2%
Median Gross Rent$930
Median House Value$108,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)23.1%
US/American0.8%
English11.2%
Irish16%

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

Walled Lake Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Medium City 6 miles NW of Farmington Hills, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City26 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan
CountyOakland
Standard Zip Codes48390
P.O. Box Zip Codes48391
Phone Area Codes248
Time ZoneEastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude42.537
Longitude-83.481

Walled Lake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMILFORD GM PROVING GR
Distance10.8 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp35 to 56 F
Jul Temp60 to 82 F
Oct Temp40 to 59 F
Annual Precip29.2 inches
StationDEARBORN
Distance19.8 miles
Jan Temp16 to 33 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 86 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip33.5 inches
StationANN ARBOR UNIV OF MICH
Distance20.4 miles
Jan Temp17 to 30 F
Apr Temp37 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 61 F
Annual Precip35.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Commerce (48390)

Commerce Township (48390)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Farmington Hills80,971$94,712
Milford6,390$104,100
Northville5,990$115,877
Novi57,577$108,982

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

Walled Lake Public Libraries

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Walled Lake City Library
1499 E. WEST MAPLE
Walled Lake, Michigan
(248) 624-3772

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Walled Lake High Schools

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WALLED LAKE WESTERN HIGH SCHOOL
600 BECK ROAD
248-956-4400
Serves 1,622 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

WALLED LAKE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
615 N. PONTIAC TRAIL
248-956-5030
Serves 206 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

WALLED LAKE SCHOOLS SPECIAL SERVICES
850 LADD ROAD BUILDING D
248-956-2160
A Special Education School
Serves 38 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 1.5

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