Farmington, Michigan

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Farmington, Michigan
City of Farmington
Location within Oakland County
Location within Oakland County
Farmington is located in Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 42°27′52″N 83°22′35″W / 42.46444°N 83.37639°W / 42.46444; -83.37639Coordinates: 42°27′52″N 83°22′35″W / 42.46444°N 83.37639°W / 42.46444; -83.37639
CountryUnited States
Incorporated1867 (village)
1926 (city)
 • TypeCouncil–manager
 • MayorSara Bowman
 • ManagerDavid Murphy
 • City2.66 sq mi (6.90 km2)
 • Land2.66 sq mi (6.90 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
751 ft (229 m)
 • City11,597
 • Density4,354.86/sq mi (1,681.33/km2)
 • Metro
4,296,250 (Metro Detroit)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
48332, 48335, 48336
Area code(s)248
FIPS code26-27380[2]
GNIS feature ID0625837[3]
WebsiteOfficial website

Farmington is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is a northern suburb of Metro Detroit. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,372.[4]

It is surrounded by Farmington Hills, except for a small portion bordered by Livonia to the south. Since 2009, the city's downtown has been the center of an extensive renovation and remodeling featuring a refacing or rebuilding of many buildings on Grand River Avenue, as well as brick paver sidewalks, the Farmington Pavilion, new lighting, and landscaping. The area is known for its historic downtown, elegant Victorian-style homes, and one of Michigan's top rated public school systems, Farmington Public Schools. In 2007 listed Farmington as number 55 in its Best Places to Live survey. Farmington was also ranked 27th on the list for Best to Live in 2013, citing nearly US$3 million in additional city renovations and development, bumping its rank up.[5][6]


Farmington was the site of three Native American trails - the Orchard Lake Trail, the Grand River Trail, and the Shiawassee Trail.[7]

Farmington was founded in 1824 by Arthur Power. Like many Oakland County pioneers, he hailed from the state of New York. Power was a Quaker, as were the settlers who joined him, and the town was first known as Quakertown. In 1826 the name Farmington was officially chosen because it was the name of Power's hometown, Farmington, New York.[8]

The name Farmington, which properly refers to the 2.7-square-mile (7.0 km2) municipality incorporated in the early 19th century, is sometimes erroneously used to refer to the 33.3-square-mile (86 km2) neighboring city of Farmington Hills (Farmington Township until 1973), which surrounds it.

In 1976 the National Register of Historic Places declared part of the city the Farmington Historic District.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.66 square miles (6.89 km2), all of it land.[9]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 10,372 people, 4,624 households, and 2,735 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,899.2 inhabitants per square mile (1,505.5/km2). There were 4,959 housing units at an average density of 1,869.6 per square mile (721.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 71.5% White, 11.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 13.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population. There were 4,624 households, of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.9% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.9% were non-families. 35.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 persons, and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 22.0% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.5 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $56,442, and the median income for a family was $67,407. Males had a median income of $54,780 versus $39,435 for females (2000 Census). The per capita income for the city was $36,281. About 2.6% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.5% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.[11]


Farmington utilizes the council-manager form of government, and thus is governed by a city council consisting of a mayor and four council members. The city council appoints a city manager who manages the day-to-day operations of the city.

Farmington is surrounded by the city of Farmington Hills. The cities combine to form a district represented in Michigan's state government. Farmington is part of the 14th Senate district, represented since 2009 by Democrat Vincent Gregory and part of the 37th House of Representatives district.

The Mayor of Farmington is Sara Bowman. Bowman was elected, by the council, to this position in November 2019.[12]


Farmington is served by the Farmington Public Schools. Farmington High School is one of the two high schools in the district. The other high school is North Farmington High School. There was another high school, Harrison High School, but it closed in 2019 and will be used as a community center. There are three middle schools, East Middle School, Power Middle School, named after Arthur Power, and Warner Middle School, after the 26th Michigan governor Fred M. Warner.

There are also parochial and private schools in the community. Our Lady of Sorrows School, established in 1935, is in Farmington.[13]

Notable sites[edit]

Downtown Farmington

The former Farmington Winery building is located on Grand River Avenue just west of Orchard Lake Road and houses the "Haunted Winery" during the Halloween season.


In addition to The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press, regional newspapers serving all of southeast Michigan, the city is served by two community newspapers. The Farmington Observer is published twice a week, on Sunday and Thursday. The Farmington Press is published weekly. The Oakland Press covers all of Oakland County.


In 2007, listed Farmington as number 55 in their Best Places to Live survey. [1]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 21, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Farmington, Michigan
  4. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Farmington city, Michigan". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  5. ^ Ashford, Kate; Bartz, Andrea; Cox, Jeff; Fitch, Asa; Gandel, Stephen; Hyatt, Josh; Kelley, Rob; Knight, Kathleen; et al. "55. Farmington, Mich". CNN.
  6. ^ "Farmington, MI - Best Places to Live 2013 - Money Magazine". CNN.
  7. ^ "FCL Heritage Collection: Farmington—1824–1984: A Slide Show". Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2010-08-15.
  8. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 124.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ 2010 census chart for Farmington
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  13. ^ "About Us". Our Lady of Sorrows School. Retrieved 2020-05-01.
  14. ^ a b "Harrison (Farmington Hills, MI) Alumni Pro Stats". Pro football references. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  15. ^ "Ex-Harrison star Khalid Kareem leads trio of Michigan-bred Day 3 NFL Draft picks". The Detroit News. Retrieved 9 April 2021.


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