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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

City of Bloomfield Hills
Gregor S. and Elizabeth B. Affleck House
Official seal of City of Bloomfield Hills
Location in the state of Michigan
Location in the state of Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Oakland
 • Type Commission-Manager
 • Mayor Sarah H. McClure
 • City Manager Jay Cravens
 • City 5.04 sq mi (13.05 km2)
 • Land 4.96 sq mi (12.85 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)
Elevation 833 ft (254 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • City 3,869
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 3,931
 • Density 780.0/sq mi (301.2/km2)
 • Metro 4,296,250
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 48304
Area code(s) 248
FIPS code 26-09180[5]
GNIS feature ID 0621616[6]

Bloomfield Hills is a city located in Metro Detroit's northern suburbs in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan, 20.2 miles (32.5 km) northwest of downtown Detroit. The city is almost completely surrounded by Bloomfield Township. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 3,869.


  • History 1
  • Culture 2
    • Churches 2.1
  • Economy 3
  • Government 4
  • Geography 5
  • Demographics 6
    • 2010 census 6.1
    • 2000 census 6.2
  • Education 7
    • Primary and secondary schools 7.1
      • Public schools 7.1.1
      • Private schools 7.1.2
      • Weekend education 7.1.3
    • Post-secondary education 7.2
  • Notable people 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


On June 28, 1820, Oakland County was divided into two townships: Pontiac Township and Bloomfield Township, the latter covering the southern part of the county that would include West Bloomfield Township, Royal Oak and Southfield. What is now Bloomfield Hills was a farming area until the turn of the 20th century when wealthy Detroit residents bought up the land. The settlement became a village in 1927, and in 1932 residents voted to become a city to avoid being incorporated into growing Birmingham.

The origin of the name "Bloomfield" is uncertain. Bloomfield Hills' former names were "Bagley's Corners", after early settler Amasa Bagley, and "Circle City."


Cranbrook gardens

Bloomfield Hills is the location of the National Historic Landmark Cranbrook Educational Community and other historic sites listed on the national register of historic places.

In popular culture, Bloomfield Hills was the setting for the 2005 film Elmore Leonard on which the film is based, the most prominent street in Bloomfield Hills is described as “Vaughan Road, nothing but money.”[7]) Jimmy Hoffa was last seen at the former Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Township. Gilda Joyce: The Ladies of the Lake is set in a private school in Bloomfield.


The area is the home of landmark churches including ELCA) on Adams Road (Bloomfield Township), Detroit Michigan Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Birmingham Unitarian Church on Woodward Avenue.[12][13]


Acme Group, consisting of Acme Mills, Great Lakes Filters, and Fairway Products, is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills.[14] Other companies headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, MI include Penske Corporation, Taubman Centers, TriMas Corp., Larson Realty Group, Princeton Enterprises, PulteGroup, Inc., TIP Capital, Bloomfield Hills Bancorp, Reverie, BlackEagle Partners, Alidade Capital, and O2 Investment Partners.


State officials

Federal officials


Wildwood Manor by Hugh T. Keyes, Bloomfield Hills estate of John Bugas

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.04 square miles (13.05 km2), of which 4.96 square miles (12.85 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.21 km2) is water.[2]


As of the 2005–2009 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates,[17] there were 3,774 people, 1,570 households, and about 1,382 families residing in the city. The population density was 796.4 per square mile (307.3/km²). There were 1,628 housing units at an average density of 329.1 per square mile (127.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.1% White, 5.4% Asian, 4.3% Black, 0.8% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

2010 census

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 3,869 people, 1,489 households, and 1,116 families residing in the city. The population density was 780.0 inhabitants per square mile (301.2/km2). There were 1,659 housing units at an average density of 334.5 per square mile (129.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.3% White, 4.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 6.7% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.

There were 1,489 households of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.7% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.1% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.84.

The median age in the city was 54.1 years. 19.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 11.8% were from 25 to 44; 33.5% were from 45 to 64; and 29.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.

2000 census

As of the census[5] of 2000, There were 1,520 households out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.9% were married couples living together, 3.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.2% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the city the population was spread out with 19.7% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 18 to 24, 13.8% from 25 to 44, 39.0% from 45 to 64, and 23.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 52 years. For every 100 females there were 89.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $170,790, and the median income for a family was over $200,000. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $52,273 for females. The per capita income for the city was $104,920. About 1.8% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.3% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 and over.

Bloomfield Hills has the third highest income for a municipality with over 1,000 households in the country and the highest income in the state of Michigan, 39% of owner-occupied homes had a value of over $1,000,000 and 32.1% with a value between $500,000 to $9,999,999.[18]


Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

Most of the city is served by the Bloomfield Hills School District (BHSD), a public school district based in neighboring Bloomfield Township, comprising the City of Bloomfield Hills, most of Bloomfield Township, and small parts of neighboring communities such as Auburn Hills, Troy, and West Bloomfield Township. The sole district comprehensive high school is Bloomfield Hills High School, formed in 2013 by the mergers of Andover High School and Lahser High School.[19][20]

The Bloomfield Hills district administers the International Academy, a tuition-free, public consortium high school in Bloomfield Township that hosts students from ten different public schools districts (including some Bloomfield Hills School District students).

A southern portion of Bloomfield Hills resides in the Birmingham City School District.[21]

Private schools

The Bloomfield Hills area is also home to many private schools. The city limits include the nonsectarian Cranbrook Schools, Cranbrook Academy of Art, St. Hugo of the Hills Catholic School, and the The Roeper School. The neighboring communities of Bloomfield Township and Beverly Hills have two single-sex Catholic schools: Brother Rice High School for boys and Marian High School for girls, as well as the private college-preparatory school Detroit Country Day School, Academy of the Sacred Heart.[22]

Weekend education

After the Japanese School of Detroit was formed in 1973, it initially held its classes at Cranbrook School Brookside.[23]

Post-secondary education

Bloomfield Hills is home to the Cranbrook Academy of Art, one of the nation's leading graduate schools of architecture, art and design. It was founded by the Booths in 1932. By 1984, the New York Times would say that "the effect of Cranbrook and its graduates and faculty on the physical environment of this country has been profound ... Cranbrook, surely more than any other institution, has a right to think of itself as synonymous with contemporary American design."

The main offices of Oakland Community College are in Bloomfield Hills.[24][25]

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ "City of Bloomfield Hills". 
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010".  
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  4. ^ "Population Estimates".  
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  7. ^ Leonard, Elmore (1996). Out of Sight. Delacorte Press. 
  8. ^ Christ Church Cranbrook web site Archived June 19, 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Congregational Church of Birmingham web site". 
  10. ^ CCB web site
  11. ^ St. Hugo website Archived July 12, 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Birmingham Unitarian Church web site
  13. ^ "UUA web site". October 11, 2012. 
  14. ^ Staff (1 October 2014). "Acme Group Adds 25,000+ SF Facility". Toledo Business Journal (Ohio, United States: Telex Communications).  
  15. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  17. ^ "2005–2009 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved April 26, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Table DP-3. Profile of Selected Economic Characteristics: 2000" (PDF). 
  19. ^ "Home." Bloomfield Hills High School. Retrieved on July 30, 2013. "Bloomfield Hills High School Main Campus 3456 Lahser Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302" and "Bloomfield Hills High School 9th Grade Campus 2800 Lahser Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302"
  20. ^ "Bloomfield Township Street Map." (Archive) Bloomfield Township, Oakland County. Retrieved on July 30, 2013.
  21. ^ "Map" (Archive). Birmingham City School District. Retrieved on June 29, 2015.
  22. ^ "Bloomfield Township Street Map." (Archive) Bloomfield Township, Oakland County. Retrieved on July 30, 2013.
  23. ^ "JSD History" (Archive). Japanese School of Detroit. May 2, 2001. Retrieved on April 16, 2015. "昭和48年  6月  デトロイト日本語補習授業校開設、私立クランブルック・ブルックサイド校借用。 (1973)"
  24. ^ "Bloomfield Township Street Map." (Archive) Bloomfield Township, Oakland County. Retrieved on July 30, 2013.
  25. ^ "Campuses." Oakland Community College. Retrieved on June 20, 2015. "7. District Office 2480 Opdyke Rd. Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304-2266"

External links

  • City of Bloomfield Hills official website
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