Silhouette of Southfield
|Location in Michigan|
|State :||United States|
|County :||Oakland County|
|Time zone :||Eastern ( UTC − 5 / −4 )|
- Metropolitan Area :
|78,296 (status: 2000)
4,403,437 (status: 2009)
|Population density :||1,153.1 inhabitants per km 2|
|Area :||68.0 km 2 (approx. 26 mi 2 ) of
which 67.9 km 2 (approx. 26 mi 2 ) are land
|Height :||208 m|
|Area code :||+1 248|
|GNIS ID :||0638439|
|Mayor :||Brenda L. Lawrence|
The area of the city is 68 km².
The first settlers came from Birmingham and Royal Oak in Michigan as well as from the states of New York and Vermont. The city was founded in 1823 by John Daniels. Among the founders were the Heth, Stephens, Harmon, McClelland and Thompson families. The first establishment of townships took place on July 12, 1830. Southfield was after its location in the "southern regions" ( southfields ) of Bloomfield townships named. A post office opened in 1833 and the first town hall was built in 1873. The fire department was founded on April 6, 1942, and the Southfield Police Department has existed since 1953 .
Part of the township was officially registered as a city with effect from April 28, 1958. The current City Hall was built in 1964 as part of the new Civic Center complex, which also houses the Southfield Police Headquarters. The Park West Gallery was built in 1969. The Civic Center was expanded in 1971 to include a sports hall with a swimming pool. This was followed in 1972 by the Evergreen Hills Golf Course and in 1978 a new Public Safety Building , the Southfield Pavilion and a new courthouse. In 2003, an expanded and redesigned public library opened on the grounds of the Civic Center. Outside of the Civic Center complex, Southfield has parks and recreational facilities that mostly date from the 1970s, such as the Beech Woods Recreation Center and the John Grace Community Center .
The city's population grew mainly between 1950 and 1990 when residents of downtown Detroit moved to the suburbs. In the 1970s, Southfield became home to a strong Jewish population who built synagogues and schools in the city. While the typical Northwest movement continued among the Detroit Jewish population, Southfield remains a diverse city. In the early 1990s, Detroit African Americans and, to a lesser extent, members of the Chaldean Catholic Church and ethnic groups with European and Asian backgrounds settled in the city.
In 2000 , 78,296 people, 33,987 households and 19,780 families were registered. Only 38.83% are white. 54.22% are African American.
21.6% are under 18 and 15.2% of the population are over 65 years old. The average age is 38 years. For every 100 women there are 84.9 men.
sons and daughters of the town
- Christopher Monroe (* 1965), physicist
- Jimmy Carson (born 1968), ice hockey player
- Keegan-Michael Key (* 1971), comedian, actor and screenwriter
- Selma Blair (born 1972), actress
- Jeff Blashill (born 1973), ice hockey player
- Johnathon Banks (* 1982), boxer and boxing trainer
- Branden Green, "Maejor Ali" (* 1988), singer and music producer
- Derrick Summers (* 1988) American football, Canadian football, and arena football player
- Fatai Alashe (* 1993), football player