Troy is a city of Detroit’s northern suburbs in Oakland County. As of the last census in 2010, the population was just over eighty thousand, which makes it the eleventh largest city in Michigan by population (as opposed to by landmass) and the largest city in Oakland County. For the most part, Troy has become a huge business and shopping center in the Metropolitan area of Detroit, where office centers and upscale Somerset Collection malls are numerous. With an area of thirty-three square miles of land, only 0.17 miles of it is water. It sits a an elevation just under eight hundred feet, or 228 meters.
In 2011, Troy was listed as the safest city in Michigan, 19th in the nation. When the city was thriving in a 2008 population boom, it was honored to be named as the twenty-second best place to live by CNN MOney magazine, which based its criteria on housing, quality of education of public schools, economic strength, and recreational opportunities. This, along was an affordability of fourth in the nation, made Troy a very desirable place to live.
The earliest recordings of land ownership in Troy was in 1819. What was then known was Troy Corners was established when a Johnson Niles bought 160 acres in what is now north-central Troy. In 1827, Troy Township was established, and in 1955 it was officially incorporated into Detroit as an attempt to stop bordering cities from acquiring more land. It seems that Detroit was worried that neighboring Ann Arbor would acquire more land than America’s city. Unlike many townships throughout the nation, Troy Historic Village has an interactive historical museum that displays the different stages of Troy’s history. It is located at Livernois Road and Wattles Road, where it is hidden behind the old city hall building. It has ten original, complete structure where patrons of the museum can see how settlers and their structures functioned. Surprisingly, the buildings were removed from their original locations to the museum completely in tact. It includes an 18th-century schoolhouse, a general store, a blacksmith’s shop, a church, old city hall, and a gazebo. It is a big tourist spot, as well as a field trip location for the local schools.
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