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The City of Southfield, Michigan a northern suburb of Detroit and an inner part of the Detroit Metro Region.

Situated in southern Oakland County, the city shares its northern border with the Southfield Township villages of Bingham Farms, Franklin, and Beverly Hills. It abuts Royal Oak, Berkley, and Oak Park to the east, Detroit and a portion of Redford Township to the south, and Farmington Hills to the west. The City of Lathrup Village is an enclave within Southfield.

Other cities and villages within twenty miles of Southfield include Huntington Woods, Birmingham, Pleasant Ridge, Ferndale, Clawson, Hazel Park, Bloomfield Hills, Farmington, Madison Heights, Highland Park, Orchard Lake, Center Line, Dearborn Heights, Hamtramck, Sylvan Lake, Dearborn, Pontiac, Keego Harbor, Novi, Warren, Melvindale, Troy, Livonia, Allen Park, Garden City, Northville, Inkster, River Rouge, Lincoln Park, Eastpointe, Lake Angelus, Auburn Hills, Fraser, St. Clair Shores, Ecorse, Rochester Hills, Plymouth, Sterling Heights, Roseville, Walled Lake, Wixom, Wolverine Lake, and Taylor.

Several major highways pass through Southfield, including I-696 (Walter P. Reuther Freeway), US-24 (Telegraph Road), M-10 (Northwestern Highway), M-39 (Southfield Freeway), M-102, 8 Mile Road, 9 Mile Road, 10 Mile Road, 11 Mile Road, 12 Mile Road, and 13 Mile Road. M-5 (Grand River Avenue) just misses the city limits in the southwest.

The East and the West branches of the Rouge River flow through the city.

Southfield is home to the Southfield Town Center, a complex of five connected office buildings. The tallest of which is 402 feet, the second-tallest building in the state outside of Detroit, and the 16th-tallest building in Michigan overall.

Several major corporations have their headquarters and major offices in Southfield, including more than a hundred Fortune 500 companies.

Approximately forty percent of the land area in the city is single-family residential, most of which are on large to medium-sized lots. Multiple-family residential accounts for another eight percent of the land area.

Commercial and office properties take up about twelve percent of the land area, while only three percent is industrial.

Conservation and recreational uses account for about five percent of the city's land area, with more than seven hundred acres of golf courses, parks, and nature preserves. The largest of these include Valley Woods Nature Preserve, Civic Center Park, Plum Hollow Country Club, Pebble Creek Park, Bauervic Woods Park, Beech Woods Golf Course, Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve, Inglenook Farm Park, Catalpa Oaks County Park, Lincoln Woods, Hunters Lane Woods Nature Preserve, Bedford Woods Park, Miller Park, Lahser Woods Park, Simms Park, John Grace Park and Community Center, and the Burgh Historical Park.

Most of the city's K-12 students attend campuses of Southfield Public Schools, although students in some of the northern areas of the city are enrolled in the Birmingham City School District, while those in the southeast corner of the city attend schools in the Oak Park School District.

Prior to the city's settlement by European-Americans, the area was inhabited by the Potawatomi people.

Although John Wetmore made the first land entry in the area that was to become Southfield in 1821, the first settler was John Daniels, who came in 1823. He soon persuaded Martin and William Lee, Edmund Cook, and George White to move to the area. The first white child born in Southfield was the son of George White, who was born in the fall of 1825.

When the township was organized in 1830, it was known as Ossewa Township, but a group of citizens soon petitioned the state to change the name to Southfield, and Southfield was part of Southfield Township until it became a city in 1958.

The community was known as Southfield Centre until a post office was established as Southfield on January 15, 1833, with John Thomas as postmaster. The first post office was located in what was then known as Crawford Corners, for Abraham Crawford, a large landowner. The post office moved to its current location on March 15, 1904.

The village remained unincorporated the suburban boom encouraged its incorporation as a city in 1958. At the time of the 1960 census, Southfield had a population of 31,531, and it increased to 69,298 in 1970. Since then, the city has experienced slight increases, with the exception of 2010. Its population in 2020 was 76,618.

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