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.


Total Population 7,091
Male Share of the Population 45.6%
Female Share of the Population 54.4%
Senior Citizens 13.1%
Employed Population 16+ 3,716
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 40.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $65,186
% Above Poverty Level 92%
% Below Poverty Level 8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 41.2%
Median Gross Rent $930
Median House Value $108,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.1%
US/American 0.8%
English 11.2%
Irish 16%

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

Walled Lake Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles NW of Farmington Hills, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 26 miles NW of Detroit, Michigan
County Oakland
Standard Zip Codes 48390
P.O. Box Zip Codes 48391
Phone Area Codes 248
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.537
Longitude -83.481

Walled Lake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 10.8 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 19.8 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
Distance 20.4 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

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

Location Population Median Family Income
Farmington Hills 80,971 $94,712
Milford 6,390 $104,100
Northville 5,990 $115,877
Novi 57,577 $108,982

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

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Walled Lake, Michigan
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Serves 206 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

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Student/teacher ratio: 1.5

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