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Farmington, Michigan. Best Place to Live

Welcome to Farmington, Michigan, the charming little town where anything is possible. This quaint Michigan town is located in the southwest corner of Oakland County with easy access to major highways. With only 2.66 of square mileage, the town of Farmington definitely has that small town appeal. The town is surrounded by Farmington Hills except for a small area bordered by the town of Livonia. As of the 2010 census the town’s population was 10,372. You might be wondering what makes this town so appealing. Let’s begin with the elegant Victorian-style homes, and then take a stroll through the historic downtown district. Adding a top notch public system to the list of “what makes this town so appealing’, and you have a recipe for one of the best small towns in the state of Michigan.

Farmington Michigan Downtown PavillionSince 2009 the city has been actively renovating the downtown district beginning with Grand River Avenue. Since then residents and visitors have enjoyed new lighting, landscaping, brick paved sidewalks, and more. In 2007 rated Farmington as number 55 of the Best Places to Live. With over 3 million spent on renovations the city was bumped up to 27 best places to live in 2013.

Residents of Farmington are proud of their close knit community. New businesses and visitors are cheerfully welcomed to this little Michigan town that takes pride in the “walkability’ that downtown has to offer.  A person can walk to the park or simply walk to work if her/she chooses. Enjoy a day of shopping or sit under the stars at an evening concert. Farmington is a community with unity- people working and playing together in unison to create an ideal town for everyone.


Farmington was first settled by Quakers, hence the name it began with…Quakertown. This town was founded by a Quaker from New York named Arthur Power in 1824. Two years later Arthur Power decided to change the name to Farmington after his hometown in Farmington, New York. In 1976 part of Farmington was declared the Farmington Historic District by the national Register of Historic Places.

It is also interesting to note that Farmington was the site of three Native American Trails known as the Shiawassee Trail, the Grand River Trail, and the orchard Lake Trail.

Convenience and Activities

Farmington residents have easy access to nearby metropolitan areas due to an outstanding highway system. With the addition of the Walter Reuther Freeway and I-696, the Far East side is less than a 60 minute commute.  Many facilities provide musical events, professional sporting events, and other events year round. People from neighboring communities are invited to enjoy the beautiful parks and recreational facilities the city has to offer. Farmington is less than an hour’s drive from Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie, and the Detroit River; making it a great place for boaters, fishermen, and swimmers. If you’d rather spend time wining and dining, there are plenty of wonderful restaurants to tantalize your tongue.

Farmington Civic TheaterSince 1940 the Farmington Civic Theater has served residents and visitors of Farmington, Michigan. Riley Park offers many fun family events throughout the year. For a list of what’s happening in downtown Farmington visit:

Farmington also has five city parks for your enjoyment all year round.

*The Farmington Brewery Company just opened their doors on November 25th of 2014, so stop on by for some great American Beer.


Farmington Public schools serves nearly 10,000 students. The community also has private and parochial schools. For more information you can log on to: .


Thinking of taking the leap and moving to this charming town? If you’re curious about the job market keep in mind that Downtown Farmington has over 160 businesses. There are also a number of shopping centers located in neighboring towns. A few shopping centers worth mentioning are The Drakeshire Plaza, the Halsted Grand Shopping Center, the Farmington Plaza, and the World Wide Center. 

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