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Wikipedia: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Location in the state of Michigan

Location in the state of Michigan

Coordinates: 42°35′01″N 83°14′44″W / 42.58361°N 83.24556°W / 42.58361; -83.24556
Country United States
State Michigan
County Oakland
Government [1]
 – Type Commission-Manager
 – Mayor Patricia Hardy
 – City Manager Jay Cravens
 – City 5.0 sq mi (12.9 km2)
 – Land 4.9 sq mi (12.8 km2)
 – Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 833 ft (254 m)
Population (2000)
 – City 3,940
 – Density 795.9/sq mi (307.3/km2)
 – Metro 5,456,428
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 48301-48304
Area code(s) 248
FIPS code 26-09180[2]
GNIS feature ID 0621616[3]

Bloomfield Hills is an affluent city in Oakland County of the U.S. state of Michigan, 20.2 miles (32.5 km) northwest of downtown Detroit.[4] As of the 2000 census, the city population was 3,940.[5] Bloomfield Hills consistently ranks as one of the top five wealthiest cities in the United States with population between 2,500 to 9,999 — it currently is listed at the number four position and in 1990 it was ranked number two[6], and has the highest income of any city outside of California, Connecticut, or Florida. The median income for a family is over $200,000. 49% of houses in Bloomfield Hills have a value of over $1,000,000.[5]



As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,940 people, 1,520 households, and 1,167 families residing in the city. The population density was 796.4 per square mile (307.3/km²). There were 1,628 housing units at an average density of 329.1/sq mi (127.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.69% White, 1.65% Black, 0.10% Native American, 6.57% Asian, 0.25% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.09% of the population.

There were 1,520 households out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.9% were married couples living together, 3.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.2% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the city the population was spread out with 19.7% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 18 to 24, 13.8% from 25 to 44, 39.0% from 45 to 64, and 23.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 52 years. For every 100 females there were 89.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $170,790, and the median income for a family was over $200,000. Males had a median income of $100,000 versus $52,273 for females. The per capita income for the city was $104,920. About 1.8% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.3% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 and over.


On June 28, 1820, Oakland County was divided into two townships: Pontiac Township, Michigan and Bloomfield Township, the latter covering the southern part of the county that would include West Bloomfield Township, Royal Oak and Southfield. What is now Bloomfield Hills was a farming area until the turn of the 20th Century when wealthy Detroit residents bought up the land. The settlement became a village in 1927 and in 1932, residents voted to become a city to avoid being incorporated into growing Birmingham.

The origin of the name “Bloomfield” is uncertain. Bloomfield Hills’ former names were “Bagley’s Corners,” after early settler Amasa Bagley, and “Circle City.”


The city is served by the Bloomfield Hills School District, a public school district. The district operates the International Academy, a tuition-free, public consortium high school which offers the IB Diploma Program and is consistently rated by Newsweek magazine among the top ten public high schools in the United States.

There are six elementary schools in the district: Lone Pine Elementary, Pine Lake Elementary, Way Elementary, Conant Elementary, Hickory Grove Elementary, and Eastover Elementary. There are three middle schools in the district: Bloomfield Hills Middle School, West Hills Middle School and East Hills Middle School.

The district runs two main high schools, Andover High School whose mascot is the Baron, and Lahser High School whose mascot is the Knight. The district also offers a Model High School which is run out of one of the local middle schools (West Hills Middle School), and the Bowers Academy, an alternative high school which is located at the Charles L. Bowers Farm.

The Wing Lake Developmental Center, located in Bloomfield Township, is a school for special education.

Bloomfield Hills is home to the Cranbrook Educational Community, Academy of the Sacred Heart, as well as The Roeper School, St Hugo of the Hills Catholic School, and Brother Rice High School and Marian High School.

Notable people with ties to Bloomfield Hills

  • Selma Blair, an American actress, attended Cranbrook Kingswood School
  • George Gough Booth, founder of Cranbrook Educational Community and newspaper publisher, was also instrumental in making “the Hills” a Detroit bedroom community
  • Chris Chelios, Current Detroit Red Wing and second oldest player to ever play in the NHL, lives in Bloomfield Hills
  • Pavel Datsyuk, Current Detroit Red Wing, reportedly lives in Bloomfield Hills
  • William Davidson, billionaire; chairman of Guardian Industries Corp and owner of the Detroit Pistons, the Detroit Shock and the Tampa Bay Lightning sports franchises
  • Pete Dawkins – (1955) Heisman Trophy winner, Rhodes Scholar; former Army Brigadier General, attended Cranbrook School
  • John DeLorean, of DeLorean Motor Car fame, lived in Bloomfield Hills.
  • Dominic DiMarco, Former President, Ford South America; Executive Director, South America, Canada, and Mexico
  • K. Eric Drexler, works for Nanorex, Inc in Bloomfield Hills
  • Sergei Fedorov, former player of the Detroit Red Wings, lived in Bloomfield Hills
  • Geoffrey Fieger, lawyer for assisted-suicide practitioner Dr. Jack Kevorkian, 1998 Democratic nominee for governor and frequent commentator on television and radio, lives in Bloomfield Hills
  • Richard Hamilton, Current Detroit Pistons basketball player lives in Bloomfield Hills.
  • Derian Hatcher, former player of the Detroit Red Wings. Resided in Bloomfield Hills for one year.
  • Gordie Howe, former player of the Detroit Red Wings, lives in Bloomfield Hills
  • Lee Iacocca, former President of Ford and later CEO of Chrysler
  • Jessica Joseph, ice dancer
  • Michael Kinsley, political commentator, attended Cranbrook Kingswood School
  • Tara Lipinski, olympic figure skater
  • Greg Mathis, Michigan 36th District Court judge and syndicated television show judge, lives in Bloomfield Hills
  • Kevin Nash, professional wrestler lives in Bloomfield Hills
  • Stanford R. Ovshinsky, engineer, inventor, and physicist, lives in Bloomfield Hills
  • Roger Penske, founder of Penske Corporation and Penske Racing (born in Ohio, but lives presently in Bloomfield Hills)
  • Bill Pulte, founder and chairman of Pulte Homes
  • George Romney, former Governor of Michigan, father of presidential candidate and former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney
  • Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts and presidential candidate
  • Chad Smith, drummer for the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers started drumming in Lahser High Schools Band, the school has a signed drum set.
  • Robin Williams, actor and comedian (born in Chicago but raised in Bloomfield Hills)
  • Bob Woodruff, anchor of ABC News
  • Minoru Yamasaki, Japanese American architect who designed the World Trade Center, lived in Bloomfield Hills
  • Steve Yzerman, former player of the Detroit Red Wings, lives in Bloomfield Hills
  • Henrik Zetterberg, Current Detroit Red Wing, reportedly lives in Bloomfield Hills
  • Ron Hughes, scout and executive with NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions, lives in Bloomfield Hills

In popular culture

  • Bloomfield Hills was the setting for the 2005 film The Upside of Anger.
  • Eminem mentions Cranbrook Kingswood in the 2002 movie “8 Mile” He makes fun of “Doc” because he attended Cranbrook, which is not considered cool or impressive in the atmosphere portrayed in the movie.
  • Bloomfield Hills is the hometown of the comic book character, Trance.

  • Out Of Sight with Jenifer Lopez and George Clooney was filmed at a private residence in Bloomfield Hills.

Jimmy Hoffa was last seen at restaurant in Bloomfield Hills.

Gilda Joyce: The Ladies of the Lake is set in a private school in Bloomfield.


State officials

  • Governor Jennifer Granholm (D)
  • State Senator John Pappageorge (R) – 13th State Senate District
  • State Representative Chuck Moss (R) – 40th State House District

Federal officials

  • Senator Carl Levin (D)
  • Senator Debbie Stabenow (D)
  • Representative Gary Peters (D) – 9th Congressional District

See also

  • Cranbrook Educational Community
  • Kirk in the Hills
  • Oakland Hills Country Club
  • Michigan locations by per capita income


  1. ^ City of Bloomfield Hills
  2. ^ a b “American FactFinder”. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ “US Board on Geographic Names”. United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved on 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ Google Maps Distance Calculator, Draft Logic from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan to downtown Detroit
  5. ^ a b Table DP-1. Profile of General Demographic Characteristics: 2000, United State Census Bureau, Census 2000
  6. ^ 1990 CPH-L-126. Median Family Income for Places with a Population of 2,500 to 9,999, Ranked Within the United States, United States Census Bureau

External links

  • City of Bloomfield Hills Official Website
  • Cranbrook Official Website
  • Bloomfield Hills Public Schools Official Website
  • The Roeper School Official Website
  • Before Roeper School
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