Southfield (Michigan)

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Silhouette of Southfield
Silhouette of Southfield
Location in Michigan
Southfield (Michigan)
Basic data
Foundation : 1823
State : United States
State : Michigan
County : Oakland County
Coordinates : 42 ° 29 ′  N , 83 ° 15 ′  W Coordinates: 42 ° 29 ′  N , 83 ° 15 ′  W
Time zone : Eastern ( UTC − 5 / −4 )
Inhabitants :
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
Postcodes : 48000-48099
Area code : +1 248
FIPS : 26-74900
GNIS ID : 0638439
Website :
Mayor : Brenda L. Lawrence

Southfield is a city in Oakland County in the US state of Michigan . The population is 78,296. The city is located in the densely populated belt of suburbs around Detroit .

2001 was Brenda L. Lawrene the first woman and the first African American woman in the office of mayor ( "mayor") in the city.

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.

Demographic data

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

Web links

Commons : Southfield, Michigan  - Collection of pictures, videos, and audio files