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Oxford
—  Village  —
This is a view of the west side block of Lapeer Road in Oxford, Michigan.
Motto: The Village of Oxford: a great place to live, work, and have fun.
Location of Oxford, Michigan
Coordinates: 42°49′29″N 83°15′53″W / 42.82472°N 83.26472°W / 42.82472; -83.26472
Country United States
State Michigan
County Oakland
Government
 - Manager  Joseph Young
 - Clerk  Daniel L. Luick
Area
 - Total 1.4 sq mi (3.7 km2)
 - Land 1.2 sq mi (3.2 km2)
 - Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)  13.29%
Elevation 1,056 ft (322 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 3,540
 - Density 2,873.5/sq mi (1,111.2/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 48371
Area code(s) 248
FIPS code 26-62020[1]
GNIS feature ID 0634267[2]
Website http://www.villageofoxford.org/Home.html

Oxford is a village in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 3,540 at the 2000 census. The village is located within Oxford Charter Township. The village is both politically and geographically a part of the township. The village calls itself sister city to Oxford, England.

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Culture of Oxford

A portion of the west side block of Lapeer Road in Oxford, with the Northeast Oakland Historical Museum in the foreground.
The Centennial Commerce Center in Oxford.
The Crittenton Medical Plaza is located on the East side of Lapeer Road.

Oxford is twenty-five miles north of Detroit, Michigan, and emanates a small-town feeling. The village center consists of shops, restaurants, and taverns stretching for two blocks. Notable establishments that have made cultural contributions to Oxford are The North Oakland Historical Museum,[3] which showcases some of the region's history, Williams Art Glass Studio and Sunset Antiques, and Choo Choo's Chocolate. Local happenings such as athletic events, downtown fairs, scarecrow competitions, school plays, and concerts garner a large turnout throughout the year and are reported in the weekly newspaper of record since 1898, The Oxford Leader. The area's public high school, Oxford High School, was newly expanded in 2003-2004 and now holds the title of the largest single-floor high school in the state of Michigan.

Eric Ghiaciuc, a football player for the Cincinnati Bengals was born in Oxford on May 28, 1981.

Was once home to Brace Beemer, radio's Lone Ranger.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,540 people, 1,402 households, and 918 families residing in the village. The population density was 2,873.5 per square mile (1,111.2/km²). There were 1,476 housing units at an average density of 1,198.1/sq mi (463.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.23% White, 0.59% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.66% of the population.

There were 1,402 households out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.5% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the village the population was spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 34.4% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 96.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $53,885, and the median income for a family was $72,875. Males had a median income of $50,179 versus $29,938 for females. The per capita income for the village was $24,811. About 3.0% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.

History

A view of Centennial Park on December 30, 2007.

During the early 1800s the northeast Oakland County area was largely avoided by the early settlers because it was believed to be nothing but impenetrable swamp land. The area was, at that time, nicknamed "The Barren Plains of Oxford." It was called this primarily because of a report, which was made in 1812 by the U.S. Surveyor General that described the area as a poor, barren, sandy land, on which scarcely any vegetation could grow with the exception of some very small scrubby oaks. It was concluded in the surveyors' report that there was one acre out of one hundred that appeared to be eligible for cultivation. Any hope for crop production was thought to be preposterous. At this point, the area was deemed worthless and discouragement of any hope for development by forthcoming settlers was inevitable.

The Meriam building, which was built in 1912.

Purchase of public land in what is now called Oxford was in 1823 by a man named Elbridge G. Deming. Soon after, the first person to settle in Oxford was a wolf trapper named Avery Brown. He made use of the land and gave some credibility to its value. It wasn't long after that the first area post office was officially established in what was then known as Demingsburgh on May 2, 1834. Five years later, the name was officially changed to Oxford on January 15, 1839. Elbridge D. Deming was the first postmaster for Oxford as the post office was located in his log home near the intersection of M-24 and Metamora Road. At that time, the mail was brought from Rochester, Michigan once a week by a man named Mr. Hubbard who walked the distance to ensure, what was at that time, considered as prompt delivery of the mail. A few years later the delivery time was drastically cut by another man named Mr. Rose. The route was given to him as he would use his horse and cart instead of walking like his predecessor, thus expediting the delivery time tenfold.

Industry

The following paragraph seems to have been copied and pasted directly from "A Brief History of Oxford Township" by Mildred Schmidt, who was a local historian. "Gravel, an abundant natural resource found throughout northeast Oakland County, played a major role in change and development of the Oxford area. Beginning in 1912 with establishment of a gravel mine by W.O. Smith, eventually five individual gravel mining companies were operating in Oxford by the mid 1920s. American Aggregates Corporation, became the most successful of the mining firms, when it acquired mining rights to vast tracts of land in 1982. Oxford became known and was until recent years was promoted as The Gravel Capital of the World."

Schools

A view of the entrance of Oxford High School.

The village of Oxford is home to the school district of Oxford Area Community Schools. The district has eight schools which include:

The primary mascot for Oxford Schools is the Wildcat. Both the high school and the middle school have sports teams which are referred to as Oxford Wildcats.

In 2009, Oxford Area Communtity Schools won as "Best Schools In Michigan. Leonard Elementary and Lakevill Elementary both won Michigan Blue Ribbion Awards."

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