Farmington and Farmington Hills trace their native ancestors to the Pottawatomie Indians, who inhabited the land of Lower Michigan and northwestern Ohio and Indiana, and northern Illinois. In 1820, this land was taken over by the U.S. government and was sold to settlers for $1.25 per acre. Arthur Power of Farmington, New York, couldn’t resist such a bargain, and purchased the land between what is now Eleven Mile Road and Power to Alameda Road. Power and his two sons, together with friends and hired laborers, arrived in the area on March 8, 1824, ready to settle down. They began by building a small log cabin and cleared some acres of land to plant wheat and corn. Over time, more and more settlers came to the area and the agriculture and business for the area continued to expand. In 1867, the area now known as the Historic District became incorporated as the village of Farmington, and in 1926 this area became an official city. Over time adjoining lands were annexed to increase the area, and various different villages were formed. In 1972 the original village of Farmington and other villages in the area combined to form the City of Farmington Hills.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Farmington Hills has a total area of 33.3 mi². 33.3 mi² of it is land and none of it is covered by water.
Throughout the year, Farmington sponsors special events such as the Summer Fun Series, “Shopping for Holiday Dollars” promotion, Halloween Fun Fest, the Farmer’s Market and Summer Concert Series. Downtown merchants work in partnership to sponsor sidewalk sales, Summer’s End Celebration and other activities that make the downtown shopping experience a lively one.
One of 30 traditional downtowns in Oakland County, Farmington offers an outstanding alternative to the shopping mall environment. The shopper will find delight in a wide array of retail stores, restaurants, cafes, and professional services.
Farmington Hills is home to some of Metro Detroit’s finest dining, including Tribute and Loving Spoonful, as well as a wide range of ethnic restaurants.
The area is also home to several recreation facilities, such as the Farmington Hills Ice Arena and Costick Activities Center. The William Costick Activities Center provides a community-oriented, multi-purpose facility where citizens of all ages from Farmington, Farmington Hills and surrounding communities can enjoy a wide variety of social, recreational and cultural activities, events, programs and services. It serves the recreational needs of local residents with a swimming pool, multi-purpose gymnasium, three soccer fields and meeting rooms. Farmington Hills’ Parks and Recreation officials take pride in offering diverse programming for those interested in hockey, softball, tennis, golf volleyball and soccer.
Farmington Hills is the largest city in Oakland County, which is the most prosperous county in Michigan and the third wealthiest county in per-capital income in America. Farmington Hills was voted the safest city in Michigan and 11th safest in the nation in 2003.
Situated in the heart of southeastern Michigan, the Farmington and Farmington Hills region offers accessibility to major thoroughfares. It is ideally located at the crossroads of Interstates 696 and 275.
The area is served by the Farmington Public Schools, which enrolls more than 12,000 students and consists of 14 elementary schools, four middle schools and three high schools. Farmington Public School leaders pay special attention to offering unique programming and quality services in order to ensure a complete and fruitful learning experience.
Farmington Hills is home to several private schools, including Maria Montessori Center, Mercy High School, The International School, and Steppingstone School.
If you are new to the area, we thought it might be useful for you to see how the communities in our immediate area relate to one another in terms of pricing and how various subdivisions within the same city compare, as well as some other useful statistics and demographics. If you already live here, this information might be useful to help you understand the value of your home.
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