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The City of Wixom, Michigan is on the western edge of the Metro Detroit Region, and about twenty miles northwest of Detroit.

The chief routes to and from the city are I-96, the Pontiac Trail, and Wixom Road. Wixom abuts Novi to the south and east, Commerce Township to the north, and Milford and Lyon townships to the west.

Cities and villages within twenty miles of Wixom include Walled Lake, Wolverine Lake, Novi, Milford, Northville, South Lyon, Orchard Lake, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Keego Harbor, Franklin, Brighton, Plymouth, Bingham Farms, Sylvan Lake, Livonia, Bloomfield Hills, Pontiac, Southfield, Beverly Hills, Lathrup Village, Westland, Clarkston, and Detroit.

Single-family residential uses comprise the largest part of the city's total land use area. Located mostly on the north side of the city, the lower-density residential areas are in the northwest and center of the city, while higher-density areas are north of Charms Road and west of Wixom Road, bounded to the north by Loon Lake, to the south by Potter Road, to the west by the Wixom Habitat Park, and to the east by the Edison corridor.

Multiple-family residential makes up just over twenty percent of the city's housing stock, and mostly concentrated on the east side, along Beck Road at Maple Road, and along the Pontiac Trail.

Commercial and office properties are mostly along Wixom Road and Grand River Avenue, south of the Interchange with I-96, although another commercial center is downtown, at the intersection of Pontiac Trail and Wixom Road.

Public K-12 students in Wixom attend campuses of the Walled Lake School District, which serve a large part of southwest Oakland County. WLSD campuses in Wixom include the Twin Suns Early Childhood Center, Wixom Elementary School, Loon Lake Elementary School, and Dr. Sarah Banks Middle School.

Private schools in Wixom include Wixom Christian School and St. Catherine Academy.

Police, fire, and EMS services are provided by the Wixom Police Department and the Wixom Fire Department.

Since first appearing on the US Census rolls in 1960, Wixom has gained in population each decade, and its population was 17,193 in 2020.

The first European-American settler in the area that was to become Wixom came in 1830, seven years before Michigan became a state. Although Lewis Norton didn't stay, he is acknowledged as the city's pioneer settler. Norton Creek is named for him.

The first permanent settler came the following year. Alonzo Sibley purchased eighty acres of land from the government and built his home north of what is now Maple Road and east of Wixom Road. His land deed was signed by President Andrew Jackson. A successful farmer and businessman, Sibley soon acquired additional lands totaling three hundred and fifty acres. He donated a section of his land for the cemetery that is now known as Wixom Cemetery, and another piece of land for what was known as the Free Will Baptist Church of Commerce, which he helped organize in 1838. The community that grew up around his holdings became known as Sibley's Corners.

In 1832, the Ephraim Burch family came to the area, accumulating two hundred acres of land in the area now known as Charms Road. That same year, Daniel Johnson Sr. came, buying properties totaling a hundred and sixty acres.

Ahijan Wixom also came in 1832, originally settling in the area now known as Maple Road, east of Wixom Road, along Norton Creek. He arranged to have a home built for the use of Reverend Samuel Wire, pastor of the Free Will Baptist Church. This home is now a museum known as the Wixom-Wire House.

Until 1871, Sibley's Corners was the center of town. At that time, Willard Clark Wixom, the son of Ahijah and Lucy Wixom, gave a right-of-way to the Holly, Wayne & Monroe Rail Line, which later became the Pere Marquette, the Chesapeake & Ohio, and then the CSX. When the Michigan Airline Road (Grand Trunk Western) came through in 1883, it formed a significant railroad junction, and Willard Wixom built a union railroad depot and mail drop on his property at the rail intersection. He platted a townsite there, just south of Sibley's Corners, which became known as Wixom Station, which was later shortened to Wixom.

When I-96 was constructed in the 1950s, it replaced Grand River Avenue as the main route between Lansing and Detroit, and the Ford Motor Company opened a plant at the I-96/Wixom Road interchange. These two events brought an end to agriculture as the chief economic base for the community.

Wixom was incorporated as a village in 1957, and became a city just over a year later. Although the Ford Wixom Assembly Plant closed in 2005, Wixom continued to have a healthy industrial base.

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