Southfield, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Southfield, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of Southfield had a population of 74,661 as of July 1, 2017. Southfield ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Michigan. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Southfield is located at latitude 42.4746 and longitude -83.2595 in Oakland County. The formal boundaries for the City of Southfield (see map below) encompass a land area of 26.27 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Oakland County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 682 feet.

The City of Southfield (GNIS ID: 1627095) 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 Southfield 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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Southfield, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 74,661
Daytime Population: Workers 82,059
Daytime Population: Residents 39,926
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 121,985
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.63
Population in Households 73,417
Population in Familes 55,183
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,244
Population Density2 2,842
Diversity Index3 44


Median Household Income $53,325
Average Household Income $70,817
Per Capita Income $31,970


Total Housing Units 37,105 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 17,265 (46.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 15,952 (43.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,888 (10.5%)
Median Home Value $144,427
Average Home Value $162,427


Total Households 33,217
Average Household Size 2.21
Family Households 18,594
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 0.55% 0.54%
Households 0.61% 0.58%
Families 0.31% 0.39%
Median Household Income   1.64%
Per Capita Income   2.41%

Southfield, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Southfield 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 # 15 98th
Population Density # 77 89th
Diversity Index # 80 89th
Median Household Income # 194 72nd
Per Capita Income # 121 83rd

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