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Statistics and Facts of Oxford Michigan

History
During the early 1800s the northeast Oakland County area was largely avoided by the early settlers because it was believed to be nothing but impenetrable swamp land. The area was, at that time, nicknamed "The Barren Plains of Oxford." It was called this primarily because of a report, which was made in 1812 by the U.S. Surveyor General that described the area as a poor, barren, sandy land, on which scarcely any vegetation could grow with the exception of some very small scrubby oaks. It was concluded in the surveyors' report that there was one acre out of one hundred that appeared to be eligible for cultivation. Any hope for crop production was thought to be preposterous. At this point, the area was deemed worthless and discouragement of any hope for development by forthcoming settlers was inevitable. Purchase of public land in what is now called Oxford was in 1823 by a man named Elbridge G. Deming. soon after, the first person to settle in Oxford was a wolf trapper named Avery Brown. He made use of the land and gave some credibility to its value. It wasn't long after that the first area post office was officially established in what was then known as Demingsburgh on May 2,1834. Five years later, the name was officially changed to Oxford on January 15,1839. Elbridge D. Deming was the first postmaster for Oxford as the post office was located in his log home near the intersection of M-24 and Metamora Road. At that time, the mail was brought from Rochester, Michigan once a week by a man named Mr. Hubbard who walked the distance to insure, what was at that time, considered as prompt delivery of the mail. A few years later the delivery time was drastically cut by another man named Mr. Rose. The route was given to him as he would use his horse and cart instead of walking like his predecessor, thus expediting the delivery time tenfold.

Population (year 2000): 3,540. Estimated population in July 2006: 3,580 (+1.1% change)
Males: 1,739 (49.1%)
Females: 1,801 (50.9%)

Oakland County

Median resident age: 33.8 years
Michigan median age: 35.5 years

Zip codes: 48370, 48371.

Estimated median household income in 2005: $55,700 (it was $53,885 in 2000)
Oxford $55,700
Michigan: $46,039

Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $208,300 (it was $165,200 in 2000)
Oxford $208,300
Michigan: $149,300

Ancestries: German (27.9%), English (17.5%), Irish (17.0%), Polish (10.8%), French (9.4%), Italian (7.0%).

Elevation: 1057 feet

Land area: 1.23 square miles. Population density: 2892 people per square mile (average).

For population 25 years and over in Oxford
High school or higher: 89.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher: 29.7%
Graduate or professional degree: 10.3%
Unemployed: 2.0%

Mean travel time to work: 32.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Oxford village
Never married: 23.1%
Now married: 60.3%
Separated: 1.0%
Widowed: 3.8%
Divorced: 11.8%

111 residents are foreign born.
This village: 3.1%
Michigan: 5.3%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Oxford: 1.3% ($2,160)
Michigan: 1.3% ($1,461)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Pontiac, MI (12.5 miles, pop. 66,337).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Detroit, MI (32.1 miles, pop. 951,270).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (311.1 miles, pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Lake Orion, MI (2.9 miles), Metamora, MI (8.4 miles), Leonard, MI (8.7 miles), Lake Angelus, MI (10.1 miles), Auburn Hills, MI (11.2 miles), Pontiac, MI (12.5 miles), Village of Clarkston, MI (12.5 miles), Dryden, MI (12.6 miles).

Latitude: 42.82 N, Longitude: 83.26 W

Area code: 248

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in 2006: 16 (8 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here: 2.25
US city average: 3.00

Hospitals/medical centers near Oxford:
HAVENWYCK HOSPITAL (about 11 miles; AUBURN HILLS, MI)
NORTH OAKLAND MEDICAL CENTERS (about 14 miles; PONTIAC, MI)
PONTIAC OSTEOPATHIC HOSPITAL (about 14 miles; PONTIAC, MI)

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Oxford:
OAKLAND COUNTY INTERNATIONAL (about 17 miles; PONTIAC, MI; ID: PTK)
BISHOP INTERNATIONAL (about 34 miles; FLINT, MI; ID: FNT)
DETROIT CITY (about 35 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DET)

Other public-use airports nearest to Oxford:
DUPONT-LAPEER (about 16 miles; LAPEER, MI; ID: D95)
ROMEO STATE (about 21 miles; ROMEO, MI; ID: D98)
OAKLAND/TROY (about 21 miles; TROY, MI; ID: 7D2)

Amtrak stations near Oxford:
14 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.
16 miles: LAPEER (73 HOWARD ST.). Services: fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.
20 miles: BIRMINGHAM (449 S. ETON ST.). Services: public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, public transit connection.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Oxford:
OAKLAND UNIVERSITY (about 13 miles; ROCHESTER HILLS, MI; Full-time enrollment: 11,424)
OAKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE-BLOOMFIELD HILLS CAMPUS (about 17 miles; BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI; FT enrollment: 11,634)
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX-DETROIT CAMPUS (about 18 miles; TROY, MI; FT enrollment: 2,090)
LAWRENCE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (about 25 miles; SOUTHFIELD, MI; FT enrollment: 2,479)
MACOMB COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 28 miles; WARREN, MI; FT enrollment: 11,057)
SCHOOLCRAFT COLLEGE (about 29 miles; LIVONIA, MI; FT enrollment: 4,780)
MADONNA UNIVERSITY (about 33 miles; LIVONIA, MI; FT enrollment: 2,431)

Public high school in Oxford:
OXFORD HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,199; Location: 1420 E. LAKEVILLE ROAD; Grades: 09 - 12)

Private high school in Oxford:
OXFORD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 153; Location: 150 PONTIAC STREET; Grades: KG - 12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Oxford:
OXFORD AREA MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 931; Location: 745 N. OXFORD ROAD; Grades: 06 - 08)
CLEAR LAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 518; Location: 2085 W. DRAHNER ROAD; Grades: PK - 05)
LAKEVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 380; Location: 1400 LAKEVILLE ROAD; Grades: PK - 05)
DANIEL AXFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 340; Location: 74 MECHANIC STREET; Grades: PK - 02)
OXFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 303; Location: 109 PONTIAC STREET; Grades: 03 - 05)
CROSSROADS FOR YOUTH (Students: 87; Location: 930 E. DRAHNER ROAD; Grades: 06 - 12)

Private elementary/middle schools in Oxford:
KINGSBURY SCHOOL (Students: 170; Location: 5000 HOSNER RD; Grades: PK - 8)
UPLAND HILLS SCHOOL (Students: 86; Location: 2575 INDIAN LAKE RD; Grades: UG - UG)

Library in Oxford:
OXFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $796,182; Location: 530 PONTIAC ROAD; 48,289 books; 1,499 audio materials; 1,294 video materials; 173 serial subscriptions)

Average household size:
This village: 2.5 people
Michigan: 2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This village: 65.5%
Whole state: 68.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This village: 5.0%
Whole state: 5.3%

Residents with income below the poverty level in 1999:
This village: 5.3%
Whole state: 10.5%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 1999:
This village: 2.0%
Whole state: 4.8%

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