Sylvan Lake, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Sylvan Lake, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of Sylvan Lake had a population of 1,751 as of July 1, 2016. Sylvan Lake 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 Sylvan Lake is located at latitude 42.6168 and longitude -83.3335 in Oakland County. The formal boundaries for the City of Sylvan Lake (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.51 sq. miles and a water area of 0.31 sq. miles. Oakland County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 958 feet.

The City of Sylvan Lake (GNIS ID: 1627149) 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 Sylvan Lake 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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Sylvan Lake, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,751
Population in Households 1,751
Population in Familes 1,315
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 3,448
Diversity Index2 16


Total Households 825
Average Household Size 2.12
Family Households 476
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 884 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 647 (73.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 177 (20.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 59 ( 6.7%)
Median Home Value $208,409
Average Home Value $294,127


Median Household Income $74,193
Average Household Income $105,755
Per Capita Income $49,685
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.29% 0.56%
Households 0.31% 0.55%
Families 0.07% 0.38%
Median Household Income   2.07%
Per Capita Income   2.42%
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.

Sylvan Lake, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sylvan Lake 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 # 330 52nd
Population Density1 # 51 93rd
Diversity Index2 # 369 47th
Median Household Income # 34 95th
Per Capita Income # 22 97th

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