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 59,062 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Royal Oak, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 59,062
Daytime Population: Workers 30,282
Daytime Population: Residents 22,056
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 52,338
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.89
Population in Households 58,639
Population in Familes 38,249
Population in Group Qrtrs 423
Population Density2 5,012
Diversity Index3 25


Median Household Income $65,216
Average Household Income $85,309
Per Capita Income $42,213


Total Housing Units 31,212 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 19,133 (61.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 9,964 (31.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,115 ( 6.8%)
Median Home Value $178,076
Average Home Value $202,449


Total Households 29,097
Average Household Size 2.02
Family Households 13,555
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.43% 0.5%
Households 0.5% 0.53%
Families 0.16% 0.31%
Median Household Income   3.04%
Per Capita Income   2.91%

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, 2017 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 # 21 97th
Population Density # 15 98th
Diversity Index # 179 74th
Median Household Income # 73 90th
Per Capita Income # 38 95th

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