Place:Oakland, Michigan, United States

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Oakland County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,202,362. The county seat is Pontiac.[1] Oakland County is part of the Detroit metropolitan area, though the city of Detroit is located in neighboring Wayne County, south of 8 Mile Road. It is among the ten highest income counties in the United States with populations over one million people. Oakland County is home to 62 cities, villages and townships. These communities range from blue-collar, inner-ring suburbs like Ferndale and Hazel Park, to affluent cities such as Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, West Bloomfield Township, Oakland Township and Franklin. The white-collar cities of Troy, Southfield, Farmington Hills, and Auburn Hills host a rich mix of Fortune 500 companies and international firms. The cities of Royal Oak and Ferndale attract many young people to their mature, bohemian downtowns, which have many restaurants, shops and night clubs. Many places such as Waterford Township, Independence Township, and Springfield Township to name a few have a variety of businesses and incomes. Oakland County is also home to Oakland University, a large public institution that straddles the Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills border.

The county's knowledge-based economic initiative, coined "Automation Alley", is one of the largest employment centers for engineering and related occupations in the United States. Oakland County has shared in the recent economic hardships brought on by troubles at General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler, although it has fared better than Detroit and Flint, as its economy is more diverse and less reliant on manufacturing jobs. All three automotive companies are major employers within southeast Michigan and have a significant presence within Oakland County.

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Timeline

Date Event Source
1820 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1820 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1821 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1822 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1826 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1827 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1840 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1867 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1820 330
1830 4,911
1840 23,646
1850 31,270
1860 38,261
1870 40,867
1880 41,537
1890 41,245
1900 44,792
1910 49,576
1920 90,050
1930 211,251
1940 254,068
1950 396,001
1960 690,259
1970 907,871
1980 1,011,793
1990 1,083,592

Note: The 1820 census boundaries of Oakland County did not include any of present-day Oakland County.

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