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Statistics and Facts of Troy Michigan

The first land purchases in what became Troy Township were recorded in 1819 in section 19. The first settlement, known as Troy Corners, originated two years later when Johnson Niles purchased in what is now the north-central portion of the city. Four years later, Ira Smith built the first house at Big Beaver Corners, and the first public school opened at Troy Corners. Troy Township was organized on May 28 1827. The City of Troy was incorporated in 1955, mainly as a way to prevent neighboring cities (Clawson, Royal Oak, and Birmingham) from incorporating any more of its land into their cities.

In 1966, I-75 was completed in Troy, which increased access to and from the city. This gave a major boost to Troy's economy, leading to the development of its civic center, school district, and recreation system.

The Troy Historical Museum is a free-to-the-public, town-square-like museum chronicaling the different stages of Troy's progression from first inhabitation to the city it has become today. Located at the corners of Livernois Road and Wattles Road, the museum is located behind the old city hall building. Open year round, the museum has ten original, complete structures which patrons may enter and observe how they functioned in the past and how they were decorated, as all buildings are full of artifacts from that period. Each structure is original and was painstakingly moved from its original location to the museum intact. Starting with a log and mud structure used by the first settlers, there is also an 18th century schoolhouse and estate, a general store, a blacksmith's shop, a church along with the pastor's home, and the old city hall, which acts as a general museum. There is a gazeebo in the center of the square which will host parties and period bands during annual festivities. Many schools from around the area plan field trips to the museum, and the church is also available for weddings.

Notable Current & Former Residents
Nick Cotsonika, Author & Journalist
Ryan Field, Sportscaster
Hunter Foster, Tony Award-nominated actor/singer; librettist and playwright
Sutton Foster, Tony Award-winning Broadway actress/singer/dancer
Garrett Gould, Former NFL football player
Husna Hasan, MTV Desi VJ
Ellen Hollman, Film and television actress
Robert James Huber, mayor of Troy from 1959-1964, state senator and congressman
Martin Klebba, actor, known from Pirates of the Caribbean films and Scrubs (TV series)
Kraig Kitchin, CEO of Premiere Radio
Steve McCatty, Former MLB pitcher and coach
Stillwater, Fictional rock band from the film Almost Famous
Christy McDonald, Television news reporter
Ivana Milicevic, Television and film actress
Tomo Milicevic, Guitarist 30 Seconds to Mars
Brian Ottney, former MSU football captain and All-American
Hugh W. Sloan, Jr., Watergate figure
Jack Van Impe, Televangelist
Aileen Wuornos, Serial killer, executed, basis for the 2003 film Monster

Population (year 2000): 80,959. Estimated population in July 2006: 81,118 (+0.2% change)
Males: 40,081 (49.5%)
Females: 40,878 (50.5%)

Oakland County

Median resident age: 38.1 years
Michigan median age: 35.5 years

Zip codes: 48083, 48084, 48098.

Estimated median household income in 2005: $81,111 (it was $77,538 in 2000)
Troy $81,111
Michigan: $46,039

Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $268,800 (it was $219,800 in 2000)
Troy $268,800
Michigan: $149,300

Median gross rent in 2005: $909.
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2005: 5.3%

Zip codes: 48083, 48084, 48085, 48098.

Ancestries: German (19.3%), Irish (12.7%), English (11.5%), Polish (11.0%), Italian (7.2%), French (4.2%).

Elevation: 740 feet

Land area: 33.5 square miles. Population density: 2419 people per square mile (low).

For population 25 years and over in Troy
High school or higher: 92.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher: 50.0%
Graduate or professional degree: 21.8%
Unemployed: 3.3%

Mean travel time to work: 24.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Troy city
Never married: 24.0%
Now married: 63.6%
Separated: 0.5%
Widowed: 4.7%
Divorced: 7.2%

15,851 residents are foreign born.
This city: 19.6%
Michigan: 5.3%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2005: $3,736 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2005: $3,287 (1.4%)

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Detroit, MI (13.6 miles, pop. 951,270).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (315.9 miles, pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Clawson, MI (3.1 miles), Royal Oak, MI (5.3 miles), Birmingham, MI (5.5 miles), Rochester Hills, MI (6.0 miles), Madison Heights, MI (6.0 miles), Berkley, MI (6.4 miles), Huntington Woods, MI (7.0 miles), Bloomfield Hills, MI (7.0 miles)

Latitude: 42.58 N, Longitude: 83.14 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +64,011 (+79.1%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 12,127 (29.3%)

Population change in the 1990s: +7,881 (+10.8%).

Unemployment in September 2007:
Here: 5.6%
Michigan: 7.0%

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in 2006: 189 (135 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here: 1.66
US city average: 3.00

Hospital/medical center in Troy:

Other hospitals/medical centers near Troy:

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Troy:
DETROIT CITY (about 16 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: DET)

Other public-use airports nearest to Troy:
OAKLAND/TROY (about 4 miles; TROY, MI; ID: 7D2)
BERZ-MACOMB (about 15 miles; DETROIT, MI; ID: UIZ)
ROMEO STATE (about 19 miles; ROMEO, MI; ID: D98)

Amtrak stations near Troy:
5 miles: BIRMINGHAM (449 S. ETON ST.). Services: public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, public transit connection.
7 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.
12 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.

Local government website:

Colleges/Universities in Troy:
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX-DETROIT CAMPUS (Full-time enrollment: 2,090; Location: 5480 CORPORATE DRIVE; Private, for-profit; Website:; Offers Doctor's degree)
WALSH COLLEGE OF ACCOUNTANCY AND BUSINESS ADMIN (FT enrollment: 1,335; Location: 3838 Livernois; Private, not-for-profit; Website:; Offers Master's degree)
ITT TECHNICAL INSTITUTE (FT enrollment: 606; Location: 1522 E BIG BEAVER RD; Private, for-profit; Website:
MICHIGAN COLLEGE OF BEAUTY (FT enrollment: 223; Location: 3498 ROCHESTER RD; Private, for-profit)
CARNEGIE INSTITUTE (FT enrollment: 100; Location: 550 STEPHENSON HWY; Private, for-profit; Website:
COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE (Location: 3860 ROCHESTER RD; Private, for-profit)
THE REAL ESTATE SCHOOL OF MICHIGAN INC (Location: 1475 W BIG BEAVER RD STE 305; Private, for-profit)
THE REAL ESTATE SCHOOL (Location: 755 W BIG BEAVER STE 1390; Private, for-profit)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Troy:
OAKLAND UNIVERSITY (about 7 miles; ROCHESTER HILLS, MI; FT enrollment: 11,424)
MACOMB COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 12 miles; WARREN, MI; FT enrollment: 11,057)
SCHOOLCRAFT COLLEGE (about 19 miles; LIVONIA, MI; FT enrollment: 4,780)
HENRY FORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 20 miles; DEARBORN, MI; FT enrollment: 6,572)
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DEARBORN (about 20 miles; DEARBORN, MI; FT enrollment: 5,574)

Public high schools in Troy:
ATHENS HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,958; Location: 4333 JOHN R ROAD; Grades: 09 - 12)
TROY HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,957; Location: 4777 NORTHFIELD PARKWAY; Grades: 09 - 12)

Private high school in Troy:
BETHANY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 402; Location: 2601 JOHN R ROAD; Grades: PK - 12)

Biggest public elementary/middle schools in Troy:
LARSON MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 829; Location: 2222 E. LONG LAKE ROAD; Grades: 06 - 08)
BOULAN PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 813; Location: 3570 NORTHFIELD PARKWAY; Grades: 06 - 08)
SMITH MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 755; Location: 5835 DONALDSON STREET; Grades: 06 - 08)
BAKER MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 600; Location: 1291 TORPEY DRIVE; Grades: 06 - 08)
TROY UNION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 518; Location: 1340 E. SQUARE LAKE ROAD; Grades: PK - 05)
BEMIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 476; Location: 3571 NORTHFIELD PARKWAY; Grades: KG - 05)
BARNARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 453; Location: 3601 FORGE DRIVE; Grades: KG - 05)
SCHROEDER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 449; Location: 3541 JACK DRIVE; Grades: KG - 05)
HAMILTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 438; Location: 5625 NORTHFIELD PARKWAY; Grades: KG - 05)
LEONARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 426; Location: 4401 TALLMAN DRIVE; Grades: KG - 05)

Private elementary/middle schools in Troy:
OAKLAND CHILDREN'S ACADEMY (Students: 80; Location: 2160 EAST MAPLE STREET; Grades: PK - 3)
RENAISSANCE MONTESSORI CENTER (Students: 27; Location: 5475 LIVERNOIS RD; Grades: PK - KG)
TROY ADVENTIST ACADEMY (Students: 27; Location: 2777 CROOKS; Grades: KG - 8)

Library in Troy:
TROY PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $3,422,881; Location: 510 WEST BIG BEAVER ROAD; 223,804 books; 33,418 audio materials; 12,071 video materials; 697 serial subscriptions)

Average household size:
This city: 2.7 people
Michigan: 2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This city: 72.9%
Whole state: 68.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city: 2.4%
Whole state: 5.3%

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