Farmington and Farmington Hills are located at the southern border of Oakland County, a suburb of Metropolitan Detroit. Though they are really two separate cities, they are often associated with each other and sometimes even thought of as one due to Farmington being completely landlocked by Farmington Hills, besides one small sliver on the southern end that borders Livonia. In the early 1800’s when Farmington was first settled and developing into the city that it would soon become, the area that now makes up both cities was considered to be a part of Farmington. As the town grew larger and more people began to settle, the area expanded north into present day Farmington Hills, which at the time was called the Village of North Farmington. It wasn’t until 1972 that a vote was held that declared the two separate townships.
The current day city of Farmington is made up of 2.66 square miles that is home to just over 10,000 residents. Even though its nearing 200 years of existence filled with periods of massive expansion and change, Farmington has still maintained its quaint, small town vibe. It is still laid out in a rather older fashion with a “main street” style downtown that remains the heart of the city. The downtown area is surrounded by victorian style houses and a number of historic landmarks that earned parts of the city a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.
Farmington Hills, on the other hand, is a much larger city that consists of 33.31 square miles and a whopping 80,000 person population. Farmington Hills is a much more suburban style city cut up into individual square miles filled mostly with subdivisions and businesses. Farmington Hills is consistently ranked as one of the safest cities in the nation, in 2010 coming in at number 30 on the list.
The two cities both experienced a rapid change in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Before the World War II the area was largely made up of farms, but after the war ended and people began moving away from the city and into the suburbs the Farmington area began to prosper. Populations skyrocketed and the areas urbanized quickly. Soon enough, Farmington and Farmington Hills became some of the wealthiest cities in the nation in addition to sharing one of the best public school systems in the state, Farmington Public Schools.