Commerce Township, Michigan

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Commerce Township, Michigan
Charter Township of Commerce
Wolverine Lake within Commerce Township
Wolverine Lake within Commerce Township
"When you're here, you're family."
Location within Oakland County (red) and the administered village of Wolverine Lake (pink)
Location within Oakland County (red) and the administered village of Wolverine Lake (pink)
Commerce Township is located in Michigan
Commerce Township
Commerce Township
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°34′46″N 83°29′16″W / 42.57944°N 83.48778°W / 42.57944; -83.48778Coordinates: 42°34′46″N 83°29′16″W / 42.57944°N 83.48778°W / 42.57944; -83.48778
CountryUnited States
 • SupervisorLarry Gray
 • ClerkMelissa Creech
 • Charter township29.90 sq mi (77.4 km2)
 • Land27.45 sq mi (71.1 km2)
 • Water2.45 sq mi (6.3 km2)
909 ft (277 m)
 • Charter township40,186
 • Density1,464.0/sq mi (565.3/km2)
 • Metro
4,296,250 (Metro Detroit)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48323 (West Bloomfield)
48382 (Commerce)
48390 (Walled Lake)
48393 (Wixom)
Area code(s)248
FIPS code26-17640[1]
GNIS feature ID1626125[2]
WebsiteOfficial website

Commerce Township, officially the Charter Township of Commerce, is a charter township of Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 40,186 at the 2010 census.[3]

As a western suburb of Metro Detroit, Commerce Township is about 32 miles (51.5 km) northwest of the city of Detroit. The cities of Walled Lake and Wixom border to the south, and the township contains the village of Wolverine Lake. Originally settled as a resort destination, the township has seen a large population increase of permanent residents due to the townships rural environment and recreation areas, including most of Proud Lake State Recreation Area. The Huron River runs mostly north–south through the township, and the township also contains numerous lakes.

The northern terminus of M-5 is within Commerce Township. This highway was originally meant to connect the spur route Interstate 275 back to Interstate 75, but the project was canceled due to the difficulty of construction around the township's numerous lakes, as well as the high property value of the area.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 29.90 square miles (77.44 km2), of which 27.45 square miles (71.10 km2) is land and 2.45 square miles (6.35 km2) (8.19%) is water.[8]


Commerce Township Drive Inn Landmark

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 34,764 people, 12,379 households, and 9,754 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,261.1 inhabitants per square mile (486.9/km2). There were 12,924 housing units at an average density of 468.8 per square mile (181.0/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 96.73% White, 0.50% African American, 0.19% Native American, 1.31% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.16% of the population.

There were 12,379 households, out of which 42.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.4% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.2% were non-families. 17.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.19.

In the township the population was spread out, with 29.5% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 34.1% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 7.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.0 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $72,702, and the median income for a family was $79,976. Males had a median income of $61,087 versus $36,125 for females. The per capita income for the township was $33,104. About 2.4% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.


The two school districts within the boundaries of Commerce Township are Walled Lake Consolidated Schools and Huron Valley Schools.[9] [10] Walled Lake Northern, Walled Lake Central and Walled Lake Western High Schools are all located within the township.

Catholic schools are under the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit. St. William Catholic Church, which includes a portion of Commerce Township in its service area, operates St. William Catholic School, a K-8 school in Walled Lake.[11]


St. William Church in Walled Lake includes a portion of Commerce Township in its service area.[11]

Notable people[edit]

  • David Hahn, a 17-year-old Eagle Scout, constructed a makeshift nuclear reactor in his backyard in Commerce Township, exposing himself and his neighbors—and maybe even as many as 40,000 people in the area—to radioactive materials, and drawing the attention of the EPA. The event became a short-lived media sensation, and a book by Ken Silverstein called The Radioactive Boy Scout was written about the incident and published in 2004.
  • Connor Hellebuyck, ice hockey goaltender
  • Alina Morse, Inventor, entrepreneur, CEO and founder of Zollicandy
  • William John McConnell was born in Commerce Township. Mr. McConnell later became one of the first Senators of Idaho and its third Governor.



  1. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Commerce Township, Michigan
  3. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Commerce charter township, Oakland County, Michigan". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Commerce, Michigan & GNIS in Google
  5. ^ Romig 1986, p. 128.
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Glengary, Michigan & GNIS in Google
  7. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Oakley Park, Michigan & GNIS in Google
  8. ^ "Michigan: 2010 Population and Housing Unit Counts 2010 Census of Population and Housing" (PDF). 2010 United States Census. United States Census Bureau. September 2012. p. 36 Michigan. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2012-10-19. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  9. ^ "Map of Entire District." () Walled Lake Consolidated Schools. Retrieved on November 8, 2012.
  10. ^ "Map of Entire District." Huron Valley Schools.
  11. ^ a b "Home". St. William Catholic Church. Retrieved 2020-05-04. Our parish boundaries incorporate approximately 45 square miles, including [...] parts of [...] Commerce, [...]


  • Romig, Walter (October 1, 1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names: The History of the Founding and the Naming of More Than Five Thousand Past and Present Michigan Communities. Great Lakes Books Series (Paperback). Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X.

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