WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP
On April 22, 1833, Bloomfield Township was divided in two and the western portion was called West Bloomfield. The area was covered with apple orchards throughout much of the 1800s. The name "Orchard Lake" comes from an island that was covered with apple trees, with the island being named "Apple Island."
West Bloomfield has become known as one of the most affluent cities in the country, home to about 65,000 residents. In fact, it was named America’s 14th “Best Small City” to live in by “Money Magazine” in 2006. Distinct to West Bloomfield are its numerous lakes, including Cass Lake, Pine Lake, Orchard Lake, and Walnut Lake. A whopping 12.5% of West Bloomfield is covered by water, allowing for residents to never be too far away from a spectacular lake that the whole family can enjoy.
West Bloomfield maintains a fantastic school district, with six National Exemplary Elementary Schools and 94 percent the students going on to college. The schools also feature up to date technological tools, such as 2,500 personal computers in labs and classrooms, 400 laptop computers on network-connected wireless mobile carts, local and wide area networks, high-speed Internet, and distance learning broadcast facilities. West Bloomfield High School is among the top 4% of US High Schools by Newsweek/MSNBC.
There is a great emphasis on community, culture and health in West Bloomfield. One great part of the city is its Parks and Recreation programs, which offer over 250 programs a year. The city has over 500 acres in park land and that gives residents the chance to get outside and walk among the peaceful rolling hills in a quite and comfortable environment, including it's own West Bloomfield Trail Network which goes through some of the most scenic and protected wetlands in the state. The Henry Ford Hospital recently opened up a state of the art medical facility in West Bloomfield - one of the largest high tech hospitals in the state. The newest attraction is West Bloomfield is its Adventure Park, where families, students and co-workers may brave the high ropes courses and zip-lining aerial adventures in the air.
Major shopping is found on Orchard Lake Road and Haggerty Road with many small neighborhood malls, restaurants, and local business offices. West Bloomfield is also in the heart of a major shopping area, with the luxurious Somerset Mall in neighboring Troy and the downtown experiences of Birmingham and Royal Oak a short trip away.
West Bloomfield boasts some of the areas finest dining and entertainment venues, not to mention the plethora of religious worship sanctuaries of all backgrounds, country clubs, golf courses and cultural attractions. Water sports and beach activities keep the locals occupied in the summer with the abundance of surrounding all-sports lakes in the summer, with practically each lake having its very own annual Fireworks display around the Fourth of July.
Oakland County is home to many attractions, such as the Detroit Zoo, The Palace of Auburn Hills, home to the Detroit Pistons and national headlining musical acts. DET Energy Music Theater, Freedom Hill, and Meadowbrook Theater all offer outdoor amphitheaters for a nice summer night of entertainment. The Woodward Dream Cruise showcases classic cars in one of the state’s favorite traditions. There will never be a shortage of entertainment options in the surrounding areas.
The location of West Bloomfield allows tranquil and lavish family living while still being in the heart of Metro Detroit.