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Statistics and Facts of Royal Oak Michigan

Royal Oak was incorporated as a village in 1895, and as a city in 1921. The city's name originates from a tree located near the present day intersection of Crooks, Rochester, and Main that in 1819 reminded Territorial Governor Lewis Cass of the Royal Oak tree within which King Charles II of England hid to escape the Roundheads following the Battle of Worcester.

Famous citizens
Kristen Bell - actress never a Royal Oak resident but a Shrine Catholic High School graduate
Keegan-Michael Key - Mad TV comedian also never a Royal Oak resident but a Shrine Catholic High School graduate as well
Bruce Campbell - B-movie actor and director
Andre Comeau - one of the original residents from the first season of MTV's The Real World.
Father Charles Coughlin - "Radio priest" at the National Shrine of the Little Flower during the Great Depression
Pete Dawkins - overcame polio to win the Heisman Trophy in 1958, eventually becoming a Rhodes Scholar as well as the youngest U.S. Army brigadier general ever
Carmella DeCesare - 2004 Playboy playmate
John Ellis - Singer/Songwriter
Paul Feig - Writer and filmmaker
Kirk Ferentz - Head football coach at the University of Iowa
Dean Fertita - Gifted songwriter/musician/singer who has played with Queens of the Stone Age and The Raconteurs
Bill Freehan - MLB catcher for the Detroit Tigers
Glenn Frey - member of the band Eagles, who attended Dondero High School
Chris Gore - independent film maker
Jeff Garcia - NFL quarterback
David Grewe - Head baseball coach at the Michigan State University
Jason Grilli - MLB relief pitcher for the Detroit Tigers
Judith Guest - author of Ordinary People
Tom Hayden - one of the founders of Students for a Democratic Society
Abraham Hoagland - 19th Century Mormon leader
Jack Kevorkian - physician incarcerated for participating in euthanasia
Sam Raimi - Director of all three Spider-Man movies
Clifford Robinson - NBA power forward
George P. Dunmore - Retired Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force, also known as "Ace Dunmore" with the "Jolly Rogers" bombing squadron (90th Heavy Bombing Group) during World War II against Japan in South Pacific. Born May 13, 1918 in Royal Oak, Oakland County, Michigan, Died October 11, 2007, at age 89, at his home in Placer County, California. Source: The Sacramento Bee, Obituary published 10/17/07
Kid Rock - singer. Used to live in Southern Royal Oak and rumored to own a skyloft in Downtown Royal Oak. Many citizens have seen him in bars in Royal Oak over the years.

Population (year 2000): 60,062. Estimated population in July 2006: 57,984 (-3.5% change)
Males: 29,302 (48.8%)
Females: 30,760 (51.2%)

Oakland County

Median resident age: 36.9 years
Michigan median age: 35.5 years

Zip codes: 48067, 48073.

Estimated median household income in 2005: $54,000 (it was $52,252 in 2000)
Royal Oak $54,000
Michigan: $46,039

Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $190,300 (it was $150,900 in 2000)
Royal Oak $190,300
Michigan: $149,300

Ancestries: German (22.9%), Irish (17.1%), English (14.6%), Polish (11.6%), Italian (7.6%), French (5.1%).

Elevation: 670 feet

Land area: 11.8 square miles. Population density: 4932 people per square mile (average).

For population 25 years and over in Royal Oak
High school or higher: 91.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher: 39.9%
Graduate or professional degree: 14.0%
Unemployed: 2.4%

Mean travel time to work: 22.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Royal Oak city
Never married: 33.7%
Now married: 47.1%
Separated: 0.8%
Widowed: 6.9%
Divorced: 11.5%

3,804 residents are foreign born.
This city: 6.3%
Michigan: 5.3%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Royal Oak: 1.3% ($1,971)
Michigan: 1.3% ($1,461)

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Detroit, MI (8.8 miles, pop. 951,270).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (314.5 miles, pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Huntington Woods, MI (1.9 miles), Clawson, MI (2.1 miles), Pleasant Ridge, MI (2.4 miles), Berkley, MI (2.4 miles), Madison Heights, MI (3.2 miles), Oak Park, MI (3.3 miles), Ferndale, MI (3.3 miles), Hazel Park, MI (4.8 miles).

Latitude: 42.50 N, Longitude: 83.15 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: -3,332 (-5.5%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 6,275 (18.0%)

Area code: 248

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in 2006: 101 (84 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here: 1.44
US city average: 3.00

Hospital/medical center in Royal Oak:

Other hospitals/medical centers near Royal Oak:

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Royal Oak:
DETROIT CITY (about 13 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DET)

Other public-use airports nearest to Royal Oak:
OAKLAND/TROY (about 3 miles; TROY, MI; ID: 7D2)
COBO HALL (about 16 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: 84G)
BERZ-MACOMB (about 18 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: UIZ)

Amtrak station:
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:

Colleges/Universities in Royal Oak:
DAVID PRESSLEY SCHOOL OF COSMETOLOGY (Full-time enrollment: 122; Location: 1127 S WASHINGTON ST; Private, for-profit)
WILLIAM BEAUMONT HOSPITAL (FT enrollment: 76; Location: 3601 W 13 MILE RD; Private, not-for-profit; Website:
INFINITY INSTITUTE OF HYPNOTHERAPY (Location: 4110 EDGELAND STE 800; Private, for-profit)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Royal Oak:
LAWRENCE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (about 6 miles; SOUTHFIELD, MI; Full-time enrollment: 2,479)
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX-DETROIT CAMPUS (about 7 miles; TROY, MI; FT enrollment: 2,090)
MACOMB COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 11 miles; WARREN, MI; FT enrollment: 11,057)
OAKLAND UNIVERSITY (about 12 miles; ROCHESTER HILLS, MI; FT enrollment: 11,424)
HENRY FORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 15 miles; DEARBORN, MI; FT enrollment: 6,572)
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DEARBORN (about 15 miles; DEARBORN, MI; FT enrollment: 5,574)

Public high schools in Royal Oak:
CLARENCE M. KIMBALL HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,267; Location: 1500 LEXINGTON BOULEVARD; Grades: 09 - 12)
GEORGE A. DONDERO HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 870; Location: 709 N. WASHINGTON AVENUE; Grades: 09 - 12)

Private high school in Royal Oak:
SHRINE HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 293; Location: 3500 WEST 13 MILE ROAD; Grades: 9 - 12)

Biggest public elementary/middle schools in Royal Oak:
HELEN KELLER MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 739; Location: 1505 N. CAMPBELL ROAD; Grades: 06 - 08)
JANE ADDAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 700; Location: 2222 W. WEBSTER ROAD; Grades: 06 - 08)
OAK RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 444; Location: 506 E. 13 MILE ROAD; Grades: KG - 05)
NORTHWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 388; Location: 926 W. 12 MILE ROAD; Grades: KG - 05)
ALFRED E. UPTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 370; Location: 4400 MANDALAY AVENUE; Grades: KG - 05)
WHITTIER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 331; Location: 815 E. FARNUM AVENUE; Grades: KG - 05)
OAKLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 295; Location: 2415 E. BROCKTON AVENUE; Grades: KG - 05)
STARR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 288; Location: 3412 DEVON ROAD; Grades: KG - 05)
MARK TWAIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 281; Location: 4600 N. CAMPBELL ROAD; Grades: KG - 05)
LONGFELLOW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 216; Location: 303 MAXWELL AVENUE; Grades: KG - 05)

Private elementary/middle schools in Royal Oak:
ST DENNIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 395; Location: 1415 NORTH STEPHENSON; Grades: PK - 8)
ST MARY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 248; Location: 628 SOUTH LAFAYETTE; Grades: PK - 8)
ST PAUL LUTHERAN SCHOOL (Students: 132; Location: 508 WILLIAMS STREET; Grades: KG - 8)
LUCKETT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 42; Location: 115 S CAMPBELL RD; Grades: PK - KG)

Library in Royal Oak:
ROYAL OAK PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $1,359,406; Location: 222 EAST ELEVEN MILE ROAD; 102,900 books; 4,649 audio materials; 3,156 video materials; 314 serial subscriptions)

Average household size:
This city: 2.1 people
Michigan: 2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This city: 50.0%
Whole state: 68.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city: 4.5%
Whole state: 5.3%

Residents with income below the poverty level in 1999:
This city: 4.3%
Whole state: 10.5%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 1999:
This city: 2.3%
Whole state: 4.8%

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