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A home, place of business, lifestyle…whatever you're seeking, chances are you'll find it in one of Oakland County's many distinctive communities. Ranging from rural and traditional to modern and urban, Oakland County has the perfect fit for every income, lifestyle and taste.

More than one million residents enjoy the quality-of-life advantages available in Oakland County, including 1,400+ fresh-water lakes, 76 public and private golf courses, 88,000 acres of park land, miles of trails and pathways for hiking, biking and horseback riding and more. Diverse shopping, entertainment and restaurant destinations are among the many advantages the county has to offer.

Whether you're looking for a place to call home, raise a family, work or spend leisure time, there's a community with your name in Oakland County.

Community Building Features

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Downtown Farmington continues a 'slow and steady' revitalization

If you haven't been to downtown Farmington in a few years, here's why you might want to visit.

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City Dive: Milford taps potential as western Oakland County's downtown

Milford is growing from a sleepy town to a quasi-urban hub. Patrick Dunn tells us how in our latest edition of City Dive, where we tell the stories of metro Detroit's changing communities.

Day of Service 2017

Leadership Oakland's 2017 Day of Service rehabilitated a home for Monarch Wings

Leadership Oakland is a civic leadership program that approaches leadership development from the personal, professional, and public perspectives with a focus on the local community. The "Day of Service" has been a part of the program for more than 20 years, when these leaders are challenged as a group to develop a service project that will impact a local organization or community. 

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My Pontiac Story: Sonia Acosta of Centro Multicultural La Familia

Ever since a young age, Sonia Acosta has enjoyed helping people live happier, healthier lives, first in Mexico and now in Pontiac, where she's the president and CEO of Centro Multicultural La Familia, a non-profit that takes a holistic approach to assisting the community with social support services.

One Stop Shop

Nationally recognized One Stop Ready economic development program adds three new communities

The City of Orchard Lake Village, Farmington Hills, and Madison Heights have officially become members of One Stop Ready, Oakland County’s nationally recognized economic development program. 
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Community Building Videos

Leader Dogs for the Blind

Featured Video: Leader Dogs for the Blind

Founded by Lions Club members in 1939, Leader Dogs for the Blind has successfully trained more than 15,000 guide dog teams from countries all over the world. Their mission is to empower people who are blind or visually impaired with lifelong skills for safe and independent daily travel.

Sled Dogs

Featured Video: Sled Dogs Hit the Ice

Sled hockey brings "the coolest game on Earth" to disabled athletes around the world. At the third annual Oakland Edge adult hockey tournament held at Rochester's Onyx Ice Arena, visitors witnessed a sled hockey showdown between London, Canada's Blizzard hockey club and Metro Detroit's very own Michigan Sled Dogs. Tom Hendrickson reports.

Jewish Community Center

Featured Video: Jewish Community Center

The Jewish Community Center (JCC) in West Bloomfield is the largest and most comprehensive of all of the 250+ Jewish community centers located throughout the country. The JCC is not just for the Jewish community, but is rather the Jewish community's gift to the larger community with numerous educational exhibits and activities for kids, teens and families, even a fitness club and coffee shop. 

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Featured Video: Welcome to the New OakGov.com

Check out the new OakGov.com, designed for you from the ground up to be used wherever you are with a cleaner, more user-friendly interface so you can find what you're looking for fast! 

Earth Day

Featured Video: Earth Day Festival

In honor of Earth Day here's a video recap of the Earth Day Festival in Rochester. You'll see that being green is not only helpful but fun. And remember, Earth Day shouldn't just be one day a year ... it should be every day of the year.
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