With a population of 10,372 people, Farmington, Mich., is located about 20 miles northwest of Detroit. This desirable suburb calls itself one of the most attractive areas in the United States, boasting a high quality of life, numerous amenities and beautiful architecture. Noted for its historic downtown and quaint Victorian homes, Farmington offers residents a chance to live in the midst of the past and present. Known as a family-friendly city, Farmington is home to great educational and recreational opportunities.
Originally settled by a family of Quakers in 1824, Farmington has demonstrated positive values and significant growth throughout its history. During the Civil War era, Farmington served as a station on the Underground Railroad. It was finally incorporated as a township in 1867. Prior to World War II, Farmington was viewed as a small agricultural town. It wasn't until the 1950s that the area became seen as suburban. People moved to the area and increased Farmington's economy, bringing with them a construction and housing boom.
Farmington residents appreciate their city's winding and established neighborhoods, downtown shopping district, numerous shopping opportunities and indisputable desirability. Downtown Farmington has been well-preserved and offers views of numerous historic structures. The Farmington Civic Theater is one of the only functional old-fashioned movie theaters in the country. The downtown area is projected to continue thriving throughout the future: The city is implementing a master plan for the area, which aims to continue improving it through 2020.
Farmington's neighborhoods are diverse, as some are just as historic as the downtown while others are more modern. A mixture of large single-family homes, small bungalows, condominiums, apartments and senior living complexes create a diverse housing market for those searching for Farmington rentals.
Although Farmington is not home to any major college or university, numerous institutes of higher learning are located within commutable distance of the city. Schoolcraft College, Oak Community College, Henry Ford Community College, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Michigan, Dearborn and Baker College of Auburn Hills are located within 15 miles of Farmington.
Farmington offers a number of employment opportunities. Despite its suburban status, the city sees its population grow by 13.3 percent during workdays due to commuting. However, only 13 percent of the city's workforce lives in the city. This means that Farmington residents tend to work in other locations, while residents of other cities commute to Farmington for work.
According to City-Data, the cost of living index in Farmington is 91.6, which is more than 8 percent less than the U.S. average. Those searching for Farmington rentals will be happy to note that the median gross rent in the city is $826 per month, also according to City-Data. Because many individuals commute between regional cities and towns for work, new residents should consider commuting costs when planning their monthly budgets: The average commute to work in the area is longer than 20 minutes.
For 48 years, residents and visitors have been flocking to Farmington's Founders Festival. Originally instituted to honor the town's Quaker heritage, the Founders Festival has evolved into a regionally known event featuring crafting, food, entertainment, rides and games.
Another fun Farmington event is Holly Days. Held during the holiday season, Holly Days transforms Farmington into a warm and cheer-field winter wonderland. Visitors can stroll through the downtown area and snack on holiday cookies while sipping cider and hot chocolate.
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