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The City of Madison Heights, Michigan. A northern suburb of Detroit, the city abuts Troy to the north, Hazel Park to the south, Warren to the east, and Royal Oak to the west.

Other cities and villages within twenty miles of Madison Heights include Berkley, Clawson, Pleasant Ridge, Huntington Woods, Ferndale, Center Line, Birmingham, Oak Park, Beverly Hills, Highland Park, Lathrup Village, Fraser, Hamtramck, Bloomfield Hills, Southfield, Rochester Hills, Sterling Heights, Utica, Rochester, Roseville, Eastpointe, Bingham Farms, Detroit, Franklin, St. Claire Shores, Harper Woods, Grosse Pointe Woods, Orchard Lake, Farmington Hills, Auburn Hills, Pontiac, Dearborn, Grosse Pointe Farms, Sylvan Lake, Mt. Clemens, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Park, Keego Harbor, and Farmington.

The chief route to and through the Madison Heights is I-75, which runs generally north-south, forming the lower part of the city's western border, and I-696, which runs east-west through the southern portion of the city. 10 Mile Road forms its southern border, 14 Mile Road forms its northern border, and Dequindre Road forms its eastern border, also serving as the border between Oakland County and Macomb County. Stephenson Highway parallels I-75 in the north portion of the city, and 11 Mile Road, 12 Mile Road, and 13 Mile Road are east-west routes through the city.

The settlement that became Madison Heights began as quiet overflow from Detroit. In 1905, the wood plank bridges along the Red Run Creek were replaced with iron bridges that allowed for an expansion of its residential areas and the introduction of commercial and industrial activities. By 1910, a bus line connected Madison Heights with the Highland Park Ford Plant, allowing people to live in Highland Park and commute to work.

The Madison School District was established in 1913, separating from the existing schools in Royal Oak. Named for President James Madison, the school district influenced the name that would later be chosen for the city. By 1920, Royal Oak Township created the subdivision between 10 Mile Road and 11 Mile Road that would later become Madison Heights.

The first efforts to incorporate as a city were rejected by Oakland County officials in 1944, and Madison Heights remained an unincorporated community in Royal Oak Township for several more years. The end of World War II brought significant growth to the area, including industries. A second attempt to incorporate as a city was also rejected by the county in 1952. A few years later, however, Madison Heights was incorporated as a city in December of 1955. At that time, Madison Heights was one of the largest suburbs of Detroit.

Construction of I-75, then known as the Chrysler Freeway, began in 1959, and its completion brought significant growth to the new city. Its peak population was 38,599 in 1970. Since that time, its population has declined each decade until 2020 when it experienced a slight increase.

Although more than ninety percent of the buildings in the city are residential, mostly single-family homes, in excess of sixty percent of its tax base comes from industry and commerce. There are more than 1,300 businesses within the city limits. While most of these are small businesses, there are more than 100 major companies, as well as shopping centers and hotels.

Both Madison District Public Schools and Lamphere Public Schools have campuses in Madison Heights, and the city is also home to Bishop Foley Catholic High School.

The focus of this portion of our guide is on the City of Madison Heights, Michigan. Appropriate resources include websites representing the municipal government, local businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, events, sports activities and programs, and recreational opportunities.


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