An affluent suburb of Metropolitan Detroit, Farmington Hills is considered one of the top 50 safe places to live in the United States. In 2010, the city was ranked as the 30th safest city in America, bringing more residents to the area. The downtown area has been recently renovated, offering a nice helping of shops, restaurants, art galleries, and parks. The economy of this city is in good shape, with several large companies based there including Bosch, Gale, TD Auto Finance, and Quicken Loans.
Farmington Hills takes care of the elder locals with many community health programs. Some of these programs are run through the Center for Active Adults. This organization offers fitness and wellness programs for people 50 and over. The local hospital, Botsford, also offers some programs for wellness for those who want to stay in their best health. The hospital has 330 beds available and is used as a teaching hospital for osteopathic physicians. Farmington Hills is also filled with private doctor offices and has offices for the local health department, as well.
From Quakertown to Fa
In 1824, the land for Farmington Hills was cleared by a Quaker family who emigrated from Farmington, New York. Initially, the settlement was called Quakertown. However, in 1827 a township was formed in the site called Farmington. The area received travelers on a plank road from Detroit and remained just a township until the 1970s, when it incorporated two villages, Quakertown and Wood Creek Farms, which became Farmington Hills. There are now over 70 properties that are considered historic in the city. Some of these properties are the Royal Aldrich House, the John Garfield House, the Lemuel Botsford House, and the Philbrick Tavern.
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Visual arts play a big part in the community in Farmington Hills. It has a public art program where you will see various art exhibits located around the city. Artists featured are mostly local, but some touring artists also make their way into the exhibits. Many open markets are held each year that allow artists to sell their work, including the Art on the Grand located right downtown on the first weekend in June. You can also take part in the many different art classes and workshops held by the Cultural Arts Division, offering lessons for all age groups and include summer workshops for children.