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Southfield, Mich., City and Education Facts

Southfield, Michigan, is a majority-black suburb of Detroit and a major business center in the greater Detroit area. Notable nearby universities include Lawrence Technological University, the University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University. Read more about it here.

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Information about Southfield

Southfield, Michigan, had a population of about 73,000, based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, with over 70 percent of the population identifying as African-American. The median household income was $49,548 for the period 2010-2014, which was slightly higher than the median for all of Michigan.

The city of Southfield boasts attractions including the Park West Gallery. An important nexus for theater, culture and the arts, the greater Detroit area hosts a number of major art museums, theaters and sports venues anchoring the central city. Across the Detroit River is Windsor, Ontario, a gaming and tourism destination for Michigan residents, while the suburb of Dearborn is home to the Henry Ford Museum, an educational and cultural center dedicated to the automobile industry.

Higher Education

Southfield boasts several postsecondary educational and professional training institutions, including Lawrence Technological University, a private, nonprofit school of more than 4,000 students. Lawrence Tech was ranked the 54th best regional university in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report in 2016, as well as the 40th best school for veterans in the Midwest. Nearby Detroit is home to Wayne State University and the University of Detroit Mercy. The University of Michigan system maintains a campus in the southern suburb of Dearborn.

Economy and Employment

Southfield is considered one of Michigan's most important business centers. The city hosts regional offices for more than 100 Fortune 500 businesses in a high-rise business district that boasts more square feet of office space than any other city in the state except Detroit. Among companies with major presences in Southfield are the Lear Corporation and Guardian Alarm.

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