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 1,756 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Sylvan Lake, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 1,756
Daytime Population: Workers 672
Daytime Population: Residents 792
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,464
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.83
Population in Households 1,756
Population in Familes 1,316
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 3,457
Diversity Index3 16


Median Household Income $77,482
Average Household Income $115,449
Per Capita Income $54,151


Total Housing Units 885 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 642 (72.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 184 (20.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 59 ( 6.7%)
Median Home Value $213,208
Average Home Value $299,650


Total Households 826
Average Household Size 2.13
Family Households 475
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 0.29% 0.36%
Households 0.29% 0.36%
Families 0.03% 0.17%
Median Household Income   2.56%
Per Capita Income   2.6%

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, 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 # 327 53rd
Population Density # 53 92nd
Diversity Index # 371 47th
Median Household Income # 32 96th
Per Capita Income # 21 97th

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