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The City of Novi, Michigan is a northwest suburb of the Detroit Metro Region, in southern Oakland County.

The city abuts the cities of Farmington Hills, Northville, Walled Lake, and Wixom, as well as Commerce Township and Northville Township. Most of what is now Novi Township was incorporated to form the city of Novi, leaving behind a 0.11 square-mile area surrounded by the city. The smallest township in the state, Novi Township has a population of 150, consisting solely of the Brookland Farms #1 subdivision.

Other cities and villages within twenty miles of Novi include Farmington, Plymouth, South Lyon, Wolverine Lake, Livonia, Orchard Lake, Bingham Farms, Southfield, Milford, Franklin, Detroit, Westland, Beverly Hills, Keego Harbor, Lathrup Village, Sylvan Lake, Oak Park, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Garden City, Wayne, Brighton, Birmingham, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac, Bloomfield Hills, Dearborn Heights, Royal Oak, and Ferndale.

The I-96, I-275, I-696, and M-5 interchange is in the center-east city limits, with I-96 continuing largely west, while M-6 runs north along the eastern portion of the city. Other routes to and from the city include 8 Mile Road, 9 Mile Road, 10 Mile Road, 11 Mile Road, 12 Mile Road, 13 Mile Road, 14 Mile Road, Beck Road, Bernstein Road, Haggerty Road, Napier Road, and Pontiac Trail.

Novi is situated on the southern banks of Walled Lake, a 670-acre body of water that is mostly within the city limits of Novi, except for the northern section, which is in the city of Walled Lake. Although there is no public access to the lake, there is a small swimming beach in Lakeshore Park, which is in Novi. Shawood Lake is just southwest of Walled Lake, also within Lakeshore Park. Other lakes in Novi include Garfield Lake, Island Lake, Jasper Pond, Village Oaks Lake, Village Wood Lake, and several other smaller bodies of water, many of which were once gravel pits or created as stormwater retention areas.

Organized as Novi Township in 1832, Novi was incorporated as a village in 1958, and became a city in 1969. There are several theories as to the origins of its name, but the most credible seems to be that it was the sixth township in the southwest portion of Oakland County, and its name was adapted from the abbreviation for "number" and the Roman Numeral for "six" - No. VI.

The first European-American settlers in the township, Erastus Ingersoll and his family, came into the area from Ontario County, New York in 1825, and it was Dr. J.C. Emery who proposed the name for the township when it was organized in 1832.

The first settler in the village, originally known as Novi Corners, was John Elmore, who came sometime before 1830. When a post office was established on January 5, 1833, it was named Novi, and Gideon W. Smith was the first postmaster.

The city's population has risen from 9,668 in 1970 to 22,525 in 1980, to 66,243 in 2020, and has not declined since first appearing on a census report.

Novi is one of the fastest-growing cities in the state. It also has the largest Japanese population of any Michigan city or village, with fifteen percent of its population being Asian, the majority of Japanese heritage, many on temporary visas.

Novi's K-12 population is served by all or part of four public school districts, which include Novi Community Schools, Northville Public Schools, South Lyon Community Schools, and Walled Lake Consolidated School District, with all of the Novi Community Schools campuses located within the city limits. Private schools include but are not necessarily limited to, Detroit Catholic Central High School and Novi Christian Academy.

One of the three campuses of Walsh College is in Novi. The Japanese School of Detroit offers classes in the Japanese language in Novi on Saturdays, while the Sundai Michigan International Academy prepares Japanese children who have resided in the United States for a long period of time to return to Japan, as well as to assist newly arrived Japanese children who have not yet attained fluency in the English language.

The focus of this portion of our guide is on the city of Novi, Michigan. Appropriate resources include websites representing the city government or any other governmental entity within the city, as well as local industries, businesses, places of worship, schools, organizations, attractions, events, sports programs, entertainment venues, or recreational opportunities.


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