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Overview of Ferndale

Ferndale, Mich., is situated in Oakland County and is part of the Detroit metropolitan area. It is ideally located near the junction of Interstates 696 and 75. The city has a population of approximately 20,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. People looking for Ferndale apartments for rent will find a community with small-town charm and big dreams.

Living in Ferndale, MI

Ferndale was first inhabited by Native Americans and was the site of an Indian Trail that connected Detroit with Saginaw Bay and Mackinac. It was first settled in the 1800s and remained relatively small until the birth of the automobile, when the Ford Motor Company opened in a nearby town. Ferndale was incorporated as a city in 1927.

Thanks to the Downtown Ferndale Development Authority, the town has been revitalized since the early 1980s. It kept its main street charm while making improvements such local retail shops and urban offerings. Recently, it was named to the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) Main Street program. Ferndale was also recognized for its efforts with the NTHP's Great American Main Street Award in 2010.

Ferndale has a small-town feel and its residents serve the community through several civic organizations, including the Michigan Suburbs Alliance, the Ferndale Elks Club and places of worship. Many residents find work in nearby cities and return to peaceful Ferndale at night. Residents have access to three hospitals and an Amtrak station within five miles of the town. They are in close proximity to many institutes of higher education, including University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University.

Ferndale Attractions and Special Events

Residents with apartments in Ferndale take part in many annual festivities, including the weekend-long festival Holiday Ice Winterfest Market, an art festival, a blues festival and the Woodward Dream Cruise. Just outside of Ferndale is the Detroit Zoo and the State Fairgrounds. When residents want the feel of a bigger city, they can travel 12 miles southeast to Detroit.

If you are looking for an apartment for rent or a house rental in Ferndale, search for rental properties at Rent.com®.

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