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About Farmington Hills

Farmington Hills is one of the largest cities in Michigan's Oakland County, about 20 miles from the city of Ann Arbor and counted among the upscale suburbs of the Detroit metropolitan area. As an important hub for business in the Detroit area, Farmington Hills has a flourishing economy that has earned it a spot among the highest-income communities in the U.S. The city has also consistently been named one of the safest places in the country, as well as an excellent place overall to live.

The History of Farmington Hills

Like many parts of the United States, the area where Farmington Hills is now located was originally home to Native Americans. Early in the 19th century, a Quaker settler from Farmington, New York, came to the area, bringing his family and many associates once he saw the potential of the land. The settlement they established was called Quakertown.

In 1826, a post office was constructed and named Farmington (the post office still stands today as a designated historic site). As the surrounding community grew and evolved, it was incorporated as the village of Farmington. Over the years, the town grew, incorporating other communities and increasing in size. Farmington was one of several villages that came together in 1973 to earn incorporation as the city of Farmington Hills.

Living in Farmington Hills

Farmington Hills has a diverse economy and entertainment scene, but it's also within easy driving distance of Detroit. As a result, there's plenty to enjoy within Farmington Hills city limits, and professional sports games and large-scale events are just a short drive away. This close proximity also means that a daily commute to Detroit would be relatively easy.

You'll find a number of parks and recreational facilities in Farmington Hills, many of which provide an ideal venue for family-friendly activities. The parks of the city include features like a dog park, an ice arena, a fishing pier, a splash pad, an archery range and a nature center. Farmington Hills also hosts a number of city programs, including summer camps, youth sports, senior activity groups and cultural arts events.

Farmington Hills Schools

The majority of schools in Farmington Hills fall within the boundaries of Farmington Public Schools. Private schools in the area include parochial Catholic schools and a non-denominational Jewish day school. If you're hoping to pursue a college degree in Farmington Hills, you can enroll at the conveniently-located campuses of Oakland Community College and Wayne State University.

Resources for Moving to Farmington Hills

The following information will help you plan your move to Farmington Hills:

  • Utilities: The city manages the residential water supply and sewer services. DTE Energy supplies Farmington Hills with electricity.
  • Garbage and Recycling: Waste Management facilitates the weekly collection of trash and recyclables. Yard waste is collected from early April through November.
  • Transportation: The SMART transit system provides both local and regional bus routes to make public transportation an easy and accessible option.

Farmington Hills Housing

You can expect to find many single-family residences in Farmington Hills, but apartments and townhouses are also available. Farmington Hills is slightly more expensive than the Detroit metro area average, and prices have been on the rise. Luckily, the housing market has a large variety of options, so you should be able to find something that fits your needs.