Statistics and Facts of Auburn Hills Michigan
Culture and history
Auburn Hills began as the town of Auburn in 1821 at what is today the corner of Auburn and Squirrel Roads. Situated on the Clinton River, it was named by Aaron Webster, the first settler, for Auburn, New York. His sawmill and grist mill attracted settlers to Auburn. After the streets were laid out in 1826, Auburn rivaled nearby Pontiac until the 1860s, when it lost its prosperity. The town was renamed Amy in 1880, and it officially became Auburn Heights in 1919. The area to the north was Pontiac Township, which bordered the city of Pontiac on two sides.
In 1908, automobile pioneer John Dodge bought a farmhouse 3 miles northeast of Auburn Heights to use as his country retreat. His oldest child, Winifred Dodge, married real estate baron Wesson Seyburn, who built his own country retreat 2.5 miles north of Auburn Heights. The estate included hunting land, dog kennels, a swimming pool, horse stables, and a 5,000 square foot Colonial Revival house. Pontiac Township purchased the estate in 1976, and adapted the buildings for government use. Today, it is known as the Auburn Hills Civic Center.
Pontiac Township and Auburn Heights together became the City of Auburn Hills in 1983. The first use of the name "Auburn Hills," in 1964, was by Oakland Community College. They named their campus (a former Nike missile base) at Featherstone and Squirrel roads for the town and the hilly terrain in the area. Besides Oakland Community College, two other colleges, Oakland University, and Baker College, have campuses partially within the city limits.
Auburn Hills roughly follows the course of Interstate 75 and is home to a prosperous business community. In the early 1980s, Oakland University partnered with developers to create a technology and research park on unused land it owned. The Oakland Technology Park was approved by the city in 1985, with Comerica, EDS, and Chrysler to build campuses there. Today, the city's many tech and office buildings cause its population to swell to 80,000 during the workday.
Many areas of the city still have a rural atmosphere, but land is being developed fast. Great Lakes Crossing, a shopping mall, opened in 1998. In 2002, the small downtown area at Auburn and Squirrel was revitalized as the "Village Center" with streetscape improvements. Pedestrian-friendly development is encouraged in this district.
Population (year 2000): 19,837. Estimated population in July 2006: 20,986 (+5.8% change)
Males: 9,831 (49.6%)
Females: 10,006 (50.4%)
Median resident age: 30.7 years
Michigan median age: 35.5 years
Zip codes: 48326
Estimated median household income in 2005: $53,100 (it was $51,376 in 2000)
Auburn Hills $53,100
Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $173,000 (it was $137,200 in 2000)
Auburn Hills $173,000
Ancestries: German (16.8%), English (10.4%), Irish (9.7%), Polish (7.1%), United States (4.9%), Italian (4.5%).
Elevation: 975 feet
Land area: 16.6 square miles. Population density: 1265 people per square mile
For population 25 years and over in Auburn Hills
High school or higher: 87.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher: 32.8%
Graduate or professional degree: 10.1%
Mean travel time to work: 22.1 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Auburn Hills city
Never married: 37.2%
Now married: 46.1%
2,058 residents are foreign born.
This city: 10.4%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Auburn Hills: 1.2% ($1,601)
Michigan: 1.3% ($1,461)
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Pontiac, MI (3.6 miles , pop. 66,337).
Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Detroit, MI (21.3 miles , pop. 951,270).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (310.1 miles , pop. 2,896,016).
Nearest cities: Pontiac, MI (3.6 miles ), Rochester Hills, MI (5.8 miles ), Lake Angelus, MI (6.0 miles ), Bloomfield Hills, MI (6.1 miles ), Bloomfield Township, MI (6.1 miles ), Sylvan Lake, MI (6.9 miles ), Keego Harbor, MI (7.8 miles ), Rochester, MI (8.1 miles ).
Latitude: 42.66 N, Longitude: 83.24 W
Daytime population change due to commuting: +37,920 (+191.2%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 2,520 (23.4%)
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in 2006: 69 (55 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here: 2.62
US city average: 3.00
Hospital/medical center in Auburn Hills:
HAVENWYCK HOSPITAL (1525 UNIVERSITY DRIVE)
Other hospitals/medical centers near Auburn Hills:
NORTH OAKLAND MEDICAL CENTERS (about 4 miles; PONTIAC, MI)
PONTIAC OSTEOPATHIC HOSPITAL (about 4 miles; PONTIAC, MI)
SELECT SPECIALTY HOSPITAL-PONTIAC (about 4 miles; PONTIAC, MI)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Auburn Hills:
OAKLAND COUNTY INTERNATIONAL (about 13 miles; PONTIAC, MI; ID: PTK)
DETROIT CITY (about 25 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DET)
DETROIT METROPOLITAN WAYNE COUNTY (about 33 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DTW)
Other public-use airports nearest to Auburn Hills:
OAKLAND/TROY (about 11 miles; TROY, MI; ID: 7D2)
BERZ-MACOMB (about 21 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: UIZ)
ROMEO STATE (about 21 miles; ROMEO, MI; ID: D98)
Amtrak stations near Auburn Hills:
4 miles: PONTIAC (1600 WIDE TRACK DR.). Services: partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, intercity bus service, public transit connection.
9 miles: BIRMINGHAM (449 S. ETON ST.). Services: public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, public transit connection.
14 miles: ROYAL OAK (201 S. SHERMAN DR.). Services: enclosed waiting area, public payphones, vending machines, paid short-term parking, taxi stand, intercity bus service, public transit connection.
Local government website: www.auburn-hills.org
College/University in Auburn Hills:
BAKER COLLEGE OF AUBURN HILLS (Full-time enrollment: 1,363; Location: 1500 UNIVERSITY DR; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.baker.edu)
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Auburn Hills:
OAKLAND UNIVERSITY (about 5 miles; ROCHESTER HILLS, MI; Full-time enrollment: 11,424)
OAKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE-BLOOMFIELD HILLS CAMPUS (about 6 miles; BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI; FT enrollment: 11,634)
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX-DETROIT CAMPUS (about 8 miles; TROY, MI; FT enrollment: 2,090)
LAWRENCE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (about 14 miles; SOUTHFIELD, MI; FT enrollment: 2,479)
SCHOOLCRAFT COLLEGE (about 19 miles; LIVONIA, MI; FT enrollment: 4,780)
MACOMB COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 20 miles; WARREN, MI; FT enrollment: 11,057)
MADONNA UNIVERSITY (about 22 miles; LIVONIA, MI; FT enrollment: 2,431)
Public high school in Auburn Hills:
AVONDALE HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,090; Location: 2800 WAUKEGAN STREET; Grades: 09 - 12)
Private high schools in Auburn Hills:
GREATER LIFE ACADEMY (Students: 148; Location: PO 4386 AUBURN HILLS; Grades: KG - 12)
HAVENWYCK SCHOOL (Students: 44; Location: 1525 UNIVERSITY; Grades: 6 - 12)
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 14; Location: 2024 PONTIAC ROAD; Grades: KG - 12)
Public elementary/middle schools in Auburn Hills:
AUBURN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 377; Location: 2900 WAUKEGAN STREET; Grades: PK - 04)
R. GRANT GRAHAM ELEM. SCHOOL (Students: 335; Location: 2450 OLD SALEM ROAD; Grades: PK - 04)
ROGERS SCHOOL (Students: 289; Location: 2600 DEXTER ROAD; Grades: KG - 05)
SPECIAL SERVICES (Students: 57; Location: 260 S. SQUIRREL ROAD; Grades: UG - UG)
Library in Auburn Hills:
AUBURN HILLS PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $936,221; Location: 3400 EAST SEYBURN DRIVE; 52,622 books; 2,123 audio materials; 2,758 video materials; 195 serial subscriptions)
Average household size:
This city: 2.3 people
Michigan: 2.6 people
Percentage of family households:
This city: 57.1%
Whole state: 68.0%
Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city: 5.9%
Whole state: 5.3%
Residents with income below the poverty level in 1999:
This city: 6.3%
Whole state: 10.5%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 1999:
This city: 3.0%
Whole state: 4.8%