Bloomfield Township, Oakland County, Michigan
Bloomfield Township, officially the Charter Township of Bloomfield, is a charter township of Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the township population was 41,070. This area often referred to simply as "Bloomfield" by residents and visitors alike. This Metro Detroit township was organized in 1827, the first township to be established in Oakland County. It almost completely surrounds the city of Bloomfield Hills. In 2014, Bloomfield Township was ranked the most expensive community in which to live in the state of Michigan.
Charter Township of Bloomfield
The Bloomfield Township Welcome Sign
Location of Bloomfield Township within Oakland County, Michigan.
|• Total||26.0 sq mi (67.4 km2)|
|• Land||25.0 sq mi (64.6 km2)|
|• Water||1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2) 4.19%|
|Elevation||853 ft (260 m)|
|• Density||1,600/sq mi (610/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
48301, 48302, 48304
|Area code(s)||248, 947|
|GNIS feature ID||1625952|
The main branch of the Rouge River rises in Bloomfield Township in Oakland County.
The Township has no incorporated villages and multiple unincorporated communities:
- Bloomfield Village is located between Quarton Road on the north, Maple Road on the south, Lahser Road on the west and Glenhurst and Westwood on the east. The non-governmental Bloomfield Village Association provides police and fire services to the community in concert with those provided by Bloomfield Township. It also provides other community-specific services.
- Charing Cross is located at Kensington and Charing Crossing Roads ( and previously had a railroad station. Elevation: 807 ft./246 m.)
- Circle had a post office from 1894 until 1902.
- Oak Grove is located on the boundary with Auburn Hills on South Blvd between Opdyke Road and I-75 ( Elevation: 883 ft./269 m.).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 26.0 square miles (67 km2), of which 25.0 square miles (65 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), or 4.19%, is water. It is bordered to the north by the communities of Pontiac and Auburn Hills, to the south by the communities of Birmingham, and Southfield Township, to the west by West Bloomfield Township, and to the east by the city of Troy
As of the census of 2000, there were 43,023 people, 16,804 households, and 12,703 families residing in the township. The population density was 1,724.5 per square mile (665.8/km²). There were 17,455 housing units at an average density of 699.7 per square mile (270.1/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 87.70% White, 4.30% Black or African American, 0.08% Native American, 6.47% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.38% of the population.
There were 16,804 households out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.1% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.4% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the township the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 21.7% from 25 to 44, 32.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.
The median income for a household in the township was $103,897, and the median income for a family was $123,381 (These figures had risen to $119,233 and $144,033 as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $98,985 versus $50,540 for females. The per capita income for the township was $62,716. About 1.2% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.
Bloomfield Township is also home to the Detroit Skating Club where a number of world-class figure skaters have trained, including single skaters Tara Lipinski, Todd Eldredge, Alissa Czisny, Adam Rippon, Jeremy Abbott and ice dancers Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat, Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje, Naomi Lang/Peter Tchernyshev, Elizabeth Punsalan/Jerod Swallow. Coaches based at the DSC include Yuka Sato, Jason Dungjen (single skating), Anjelika Krylova, Pasquale Camerlengo, Massimo Scali, Elizabeth Punsalan, Natalia Annenko-Deller (ice dancing).
Primary and secondary schoolsEdit
Public school districtsEdit
The township's primary public school district is Bloomfield Hills School District (BHSD), but a portion of the southeast corner of the township is in Birmingham Public Schools and a portion of the northeast corner is in Avondale School District. Another portion is in the Pontiac School District.
A portion of northeast Bloomfield Township is within the Avondale School District. Students in that section are zoned to R. Grant Graham Elementary School in Auburn Hills, Avondale Middle School in Rochester Hills, and Avondale High School in Auburn Hills. A portion of Bloomfield Township is in the school district of the Birmingham Public Schools. Students in this section are zoned to Harlan Elementary School, Derby Middle School and Seaholm High School.
Private schools and international programsEdit
The Lower School and Junior School campuses of the Detroit Country Day School are located in the township as are Academy of the Sacred Heart, Brother Rice High School, Marian High School, and the International Academy. Cranbrook Schools is located in nearby Bloomfield Hills.
The French School of Detroit has its administrative offices at Meadow Lake Elementary School in the township. Preschool classes are held at Meadow Lake, while elementary school students attend classes at Meadow Lake and at any one of four partner elementary schools, including West Maple Elementary in Bloomfield Township.
Kensington Academy, a Catholic boy's elementary and middle school, first opened on the Sacred Heart campus in 1969. It moved into its own facility in 1982. In 2006 it announced that it was merging with Sacred Heart. At one time it occupied a facility in Bloomfield Township.
The Japanese School of Detroit, a weekend supplementary education program for Japanese nationals of primary and secondary school age, first started holding classes at Kensington Academy in 1981. It later had its school offices in the former Kensington Academy facility in Bloomfield Township.
- Aretha Franklin, legendary soul singer; born in Tennessee, resided in Bloomfield Hills
- Fred Blanding, pitcher with the Cleveland Naps; grew up in Bloomfield
- Bob Kula, football player
- Abby Quinn, actress, native of Bloomfield
- Elizabeth Reaser, film, television, and stage actress (The Twilight Saga and Grey's Anatomy); born in Bloomfield
- Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts and presidential candidate, grew up in Bloomfield Hills
- Chad Smith, musician, drummer (Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chickenfoot), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member; graduate of Bloomfield Lahser High School, 1980
- Ben Wallace, former basketball player with the Detroit Pistons
- Robin Williams, actor and comedian, grew up in Bloomfield Hills
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- Murray, Diana Dillaber. "Law being proposed could dissolve Pontiac schools, other struggling districts." Oakland Press. June 12, 2013. Retrieved on May 7, 2014. "Pontiac school district spreads from Pontiac into portions of seven surrounding communities including Auburn Hills, Sylvan Lake, Lake Angeles and townships of Bloomfield, Orion, Waterford and West Bloomfield."
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- "Contact Us" (Archive). French School of Detroit. Retrieved on April 28, 2015. "Meadow Lake Center 7100 Lindenmere Drive Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301-USA[...]L'Ecole Française de Détroit est située dans la banlieue Nord de la ville, dans la zone résidentielle de Birmingham Public schools. The French School of Detroit is located in the northern suburb of Detroit, in the residential area of Birmingham Public Schools."
- "Bilingual Preschool." French School of Detroit. Retrieved on June 20, 2015. "Location: Meadow Lake Center, 7100 Lindenmere Drive, Bloomfield MI 48301"
- "Elementary." French School of Detroit. Retrieved on June 20, 2015. "Location: Meadow Lake Center, 7100 Lindenmere Drive, Bloomfield MI 48301 Students are transported by bus to one partner elementary school."
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