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Novi, One of the Fastest Growing Cities in Michigan

Welcome to Novi, Michigan located in Oakland County just 25 miles northwest of the center of Detroit and 25 miles northeast of the center of Ann Arbor. Greater Novi, situated on Walled Lake, has a population of 56,912 and covers 31.28 square miles. Novi is known for it’s mega-malls, but if quaint shops and restaurants is more your thing, a visit downtown will quench your thirst for a cozy atmosphere. Shopping lovers will love Twelve Oaks Shopping Mall while discovering all the other delightful mega malls Novi has to offer. Novi is also close to many nearby destination districts including Macomb, Oakland, Downtown Detroit, and Dearborn/Wayne.

Greater Novi is also classified as one of Detroit’s destination districts for many reasons. Besides the shopping advantages Novi has to offer, there are plenty of trendy restaurants to grab a bite to eat. 

Some of the regions largest health care systems are located in Greater Novi. Henry Ford Medical Center is the largest facility in Oakland County, while Providence Park Hospital includes a six story atrium allowing sunlight to shine through on sunny days.


The construction of Twelve Oaks Mall in the 1970’s put Novi on the map as one of the top shopping destinations in the Metro Detroit area. Today the city of Novi continues to thrive as one of the fastest growing cities in Michigan. Money Magazine rates Novi as #48 of the top 100 Best Places to Live in 2008. The growing city of Novi has over 1,600 businesses ranging from international corporations to local owner-operated businesses. A number of large retail businesses are located at the Novi Rd. and I-96 interchange. Novi is also home to a number of car dealerships, energy-related companies, and high-tech research and development companies. Kroger’s regional offices are located in Novi, Michigan. The friendly community of Novi is also home to Toyota Boshoku America with over 210 employees, 30 being of Japanese decent. Today Novi is among the top communities for technology, research, and service companies in the Oakland area. Novi has a bursting economy, which stands to reason why this town is the golden egg for job opportunities.

Novi Water TowerHistory

The township was given its name when organized in 1832 from Farmington Township. Dr, J.C. Emery’s wife suggested the name Novi as residents were looking for a much shorter name than Farmington. In 1969 the Village of Novi voted Novi in as an incorporated city. Novi may be a booming metropolitan city, but there are a few historic sites worth mentioning. Tollgate Farm is a 160 acre farm and educational center and also one of the original historic sites of Novi, Michigan. Located near Michigan State University, the University offers a variety of educational programs and classes. Another Michigan historical marker is the Colonel Samuel White Homestead. Novi is also home to the Novi Depot, where a portion of the original depot constructed in 1871 still stands. Don’t leave town without visiting the Historic Township Hall, now located on the property that was the original site of the Jacob and Rebecca Fuerst Farmstead.

A Diverse Community

Novi has a growing Japanese population of over 15 % as of 2011, the largest Japanese population than any other city in Michigan. Novi is nicknamed, “Little Tokyo” due to the large number of Japanese employees working in the engineering and research fields. Many Japanese are in the United States on temporary visas which last from three to five years. Recent dates as of April, 2013 shows over 2,600 Japanese nationals now reside in Novi.

The city of Novi also accommodates an Indian Asian population. In 2013, Sri Venkateswara Temple and Cultural Center opened its doors; it was the first Hindu temple in Michigan to be named after a southern Indian deity. The temple has a client base of nearly 3,000 people. Many of the Indians speak Telugu and originate from Andhra Pradesh.

EducationNovi High School

Due to Novi’s larger population and diverse community, there is much to offer in way of education. Novi includes all or part of four public school districts. Japanese children are given the opportunity to learn Japanese curriculum in the Japanese language while staying in the United States at the Japanese School of Detroit. For a list of Novi’s schools you can visit:

Novi is a young city with the median age being 39.1 years. This city continues to grow as it offers a diverse culture with endless opportunities for adventure and career advancement.