Oakland County Real Estate Information

One of the larger and more populous counties in the Detroit area, Oakland County, Michigan, lies in the Detroit metro area and was estimated in 2008 to be home to a total population of over 1.2 million residents. The county's seat is Pontiac, and it is home to 62 cities, villages and townships.

The makeup of Oakland County is varied, from blue-collar suburbs like Ferndale and Hazel Park to wealthier enclaves like Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills and Rochester to the more white-collar cities like Troy, Southfield, Farmington Hills and Auburn Hills. The county's wealthy areas make it notable, and help Oakland County rank as the fourth-wealthiest county in the United States among counties with more than one million people. Median annual household income in 2000 was around $62,000. 

Oakland County makes up an area of more than 900 square miles, and Wayne County, where Detroit is located, borders it to the south. The county has a sizable Native American population, with two tribes counting more than 1,000 members at the 2000 census, the Cherokee and Chippewa. The city is also home to a large chunk of the Detroit area's Jewish community. Royal Oak is the home of the Detroit Zoological Park.

Oakland County was created by territorial Gov. Lewis Cass in 1819. It is home to several excellent public school districts, including the nationally ranked Bloomfield Hills School District, as well as several notable private schools like the Detroit Country Day School, Brother Rice High School, the Cranbrook Schools, Everest Academy and the Roeper School. Post-secondary education offerings include Oakland University with 18,000 students, Baker College of Auburn Hills with 5,000, Lawrence Technological University with 4000, Rochester College with 1,000, and Walsh College, which operates three campuses and Oakland Community College, which operates five campuses in Oakland County