Royal Oak, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Royal Oak, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of Royal Oak had a population of 58,390 as of July 1, 2016. Royal Oak ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Michigan. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Royal Oak is located at latitude 42.5078 and longitude -83.1539 in Oakland County. The formal boundaries for the City of Royal Oak (see map below) encompass a land area of 11.78 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Oakland County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 663 feet.

The City of Royal Oak (GNIS ID: 1627011) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Royal Oak population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Royal Oak, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 58,390
Population in Households 57,986
Population in Familes 37,933
Population in Group Qrtrs 404
Population Density1 4,955
Diversity Index2 25


Total Households 28,816
Average Household Size 2.01
Family Households 13,491
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 31,086 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 19,142 (61.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 9,674 (31.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,270 ( 7.3%)
Median Home Value $174,714
Average Home Value $198,681


Median Household Income $62,493
Average Household Income $80,332
Per Capita Income $39,824
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.32% 0.6%
Households 0.42% 0.66%
Families 0.12% 0.46%
Median Household Income   3.27%
Per Capita Income   2.32%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Royal Oak, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Royal Oak to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 20 97th
Population Density1 # 15 98th
Diversity Index2 # 180 74th
Median Household Income # 71 90th
Per Capita Income # 37 95th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Michigan Census Data Comparison Tool.