ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN
Royal Oak, Michigan may be trendy and eclectic, but it is also
one of southeast Michigan's premier bedroom communities for
raising families, embracing recreation and experiencing the
richness of civic life.
With a population of just over 60,000, Royal Oak stands as
Michigan's 18th largest city in terms of population. In recent
years, the revitalization of the city's downtown has inspired
the influx of younger residents who embrace the nightlife, shops
and cultural offerings of the city.
But the core of Royal Oak's population remains its families,
often spanning several generations who have settled and stayed
because of the community's quality of life and cultural
Cutting through the heart of the city is the Canadian National
(formerly Grand Trunk and Western) railroad, whose majestic
concrete viaducts are familiar fixtures in almost every Royal
Oak neighborhood. For the Royal Oak lifer, the sound of the
train's horn piercing the quiet of the night is as natural as
gentle whisper of a breeze for most people.
Recognizable landmarks like the National Shrine of the Little
Flower, and high-profile events like the Woodward Dream Cruise,
are among Royal Oak's signature identifiers - along with the
majestic oak trees that line the city's distinctive