Southfield is a city in Oakland County, Michigan with a population of just over 70,000. A northern suburb of Detroit, Southfield shares part of its southern border with the city, and it’s famous as a hub for the city’s offices.
John Daniels is generally acknowledged as the first settler of Southfield Township. A town hall was built in 1873, and in 1958 Southfield became a city. It’s generally believed the town’s name came from its location in the “south fields” of Bloomfield.
Living in Southfield
Known as the office capital of the Midwest, Southfield boasts 27 million square feet of office space. Beyond that, the city of Southfield is renowned for its abundant natural beauty, well-maintained homes and neighborhoods, and as an ideal place to live and work. And when we say work, we’re serious — around 8,600 businesses call Southfield their home, including more than a hundred Fortune 500 companies.
Local Communities in Southfield
Southfield sits on the northwest border of Detroit, so you’ll always have easy access to the city and its amenities, but the town itself is full of activities and communities to check out.
Southfield is largely served by the Southfield Public Schools District, which serves roughly 5500 students.
- Pre-schools/day-care centers. Organic Roots Daycare, Just Like Mommy's Home, Childtime of Southfield.
- Elementary schools. Morris Adler Elementary School.
- Middle/Junior High/High schools. Southfield Lathrup Middle School, Glenn Levey Middle school, Crescent Academy, Thompson K-8 International Academy, Alice Birney, Southfield High School.
- Colleges/higher education. Siena Heights University, Spring Arbor University, University of Phoenix, Lawrence Technological University.
- Malls and plazas. Downtown Birmingham shopping, Southfield Town Center, Tel-Twelve Mall.
- Notable businesses. Town Center Office Complex, Park West Gallery
- Notable "big box" stores. Home Depot, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Target, Burlington Coat Factory, DSW Shoes.
- Food/restaurants. Meriwether’s, Prime 10, The Original Pancake House, The Jagged Fork.
In the area
There are plenty of great towns nearby, and getting to them is a breeze.
- Cities/towns nearby. Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Bloomfield, Lathrup Village, Detroit.
- Local major highways/roadways. Northwestern Highway, Southfield Freeway, I-696, I-275, I-75.
Moving to Southfield
Southfield is a great community, and you shouldn’t let the ordinary hassle of moving cloud your experience of putting down roots. To make finding a place to live easier, we’ve brought together some popular housing options in Southfield, MI.
Apartments, condos, and living centers in the area
- Apartments. Cranbrook Centre Apartments, Balmoral Apartments, Kensington at Beverly Hills, Corner Place apartments, Huntley Square Apartments.
- Condominiums. Park Place at Town Center, 5000 Town Center Condos, Sutton Place.
- Assisted living. Senior Wize, Franklin Terrace.
Parks, trails, and other attractions
The area around Southfield offers a wide variety of activities for all ages, as well as a number of local parks, including Lahser Woods Park, Valley Woods Nature Preserve, and Catalpa Park.
- Detroit Zoo. This world-famous zoo will keep you occupied for hours.
- Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve. Experience nature at this 42-acre park, replete with woodlands, forested wetlands, and native meadows.
- Optimist Park. Softball fields, a picnic area, and a playground make this an excellent summer outing.
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We’ve brought together some answers to a few common questions about living in Southfield.
Is Southfield, Michigan a good place to live?
Absolutely. Southfield is consistently ranked one of the nation’s most livable metro-area suburbs, and it was selected as metro Detroit’s most livable community, thanks to its safety, great schools, affordable housing, and thriving commercial district.
How much do you need to live comfortably in Southfield?
The median household income in Southfield is $55,705, while the median home value is $155,700. The median rent is $1,125. What all of that means is that to live comfortably in Southfield you’ll need anywhere between $50,000 and $60,000 annually.
Is it expensive to live in Southfield?
The short answer is no. With home prices, rental rates, and other factors of cost of living consistently falling below the national and state averages, Southfield is a very affordable place to live.