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Completely surrounded by the city of Southfield, Lathrup Village, Michigan is a city in southern Oakland County, within the Detroit Metro Region.

The chief route through the city is I-696, which passes east-west through the southern part of the city. West 11 Road parallels the interstate on both sides, as it passes through the city. Evergreen Road forms the city's western border, while West 12 Mile Road forms most of its northern border, and Southfield Road runs north-south through the eastern segment of the city.

Besides Southfield, other cities and villages within twenty miles of Lathrup Village are Berkley, Beverly Hills, Huntington Woods, Birmingham, Bingham Farms, Oak Park, Royal Oak, Franklin, Pleasant Ridge, Clawson, Ferndale, Bloomfield Hills, Hazel Park, Farmington Hills, Madison Heights, Troy, Highland Park, Farmington, Orchard Lake, Sylvan Lake, Center Line, Pontiac, Keego Harbor, Hamtramck, Warren, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Livonia, Auburn Hills, Walled Lake, Novi, Rochester Hills, Detroit, Melvindale, Garden City, Eastpointe, Northville, Roseville, Fraser, River Rouge, Wixom, Lake Angelus, and Sterling Heights.

The Lathrup Village Police Department includes a patrol division, a detective bureau, and evidence technicians, and operates A bike team, motorcycle unit, and motor carrier unit. However, fire department services are provided by the Southfield Fire Department, which has five stations throughout Southfield.

There are four parks within the city: Annie Lathrup Park, Goldengate Park, Lathrup Village Municipal Park, and Sarrackwood Park.

The city is mostly developed, consisting largely of single-family detached homes. Its commercial areas are situated primarily along Southfield Road. A large part of the city's homes was built in the 1920s. Much of the city was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. Its historic district includes about 1,200 properties, most of them residential.

Lathrup Village began as a housing development known as the Lathrup Townsite, shepherded by the developer, Louise Lathrup Kelley. As Louise Lathrup, she acquired a 1,000-acre site in what was then Southfield Township from her parents in 1923. A few years later, she married Charles D. Kelley, real estate editor for the Detroit News, and together they platted a 1.5 square mile area into a residential neighborhood. The Lathrup Townsite was a planned community with tight standards, including a requirement for homes to be built only of masonry, attached garages, and with a minimum on construction costs, intended to ensure that they were built of good quality. She established a shuttle service from the development to local shopping areas and allowed for the financing of automobiles as part of home financing. She played an active role in the city until her death in 1963.

Despite its name, Lathrup Village was never officially incorporated as a village, but became a city in 1953. Its incorporation was spurred by an attempt by township residents to include Lathrup Townsite in the planned incorporation of the city of Southfield. A post office was established on April 20, 1856, with Veld E. Blue as postmaster. The office was closed on March 13, 1964, but was later reopened.

Lathrup Village's peak population was 4,676 in 1970. It has decreased slightly in population each census year since, although it still had a population above 4,000 in 2010, and is predicted to increase slightly in 2020.

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