Novi and Novi Township

Novi and Novi Township

Novi, MI


Novi, with a population of approximately 59,000, is one of the fastest growing and most affluent areas in the state. Novi has an award winning, nationally recognized school district, with a growing reputation for innovation and quality. Here you can find caring, involved citizens; safe, welcoming neighborhoods, and excellent shopping, business and medical facilities. Novi has an impressive range of recreation centers, parks, waterways, and a world-class retail district. You have quick and easy access to highways, as well as downtown Detroit. With all this, is it any wonder that people are flocking to Novi?


Novi is located approximately 25 miles northwest of the center of Detroit in southeastern Michigan. It is situated in prestigious Oakland County, in the Detroit metro area. 


The city of Novi has a total area of 31.3 square miles, 30.5 square miles of which is land and 0.9 square miles of which is water. It sits at an elevation of 909 feet, and is situated on Walled Lake, which is the largest lake in the city and serves as the headwaters of the Middle Branch of the Rouge River. Just southwest of Walled Lake is Shawood Lake.  

Most of Novi lies within the Rouge River watershed, although some areas on the north and west side are part of the Huron River watershed. The area has a gently rolling topography, and much of Novi is covered by light to heavy woodland cover. 

Distance to 3 Closest Major Cities 

Novi is located 19 miles east of Ann Arbor, 38 miles southeast of Flint, and 58 miles east of Lansing. 


Novi has a growing and vibrant economy and enjoys many professional employment opportunities. The city is an ideal business location, providing convenient access to expressways, easy access to utilities, and high-tech and industrial land development opportunities. The city is well-connected to highway, rail and air transportation routes. Siemens-Cerberus Division of Siemens Building Technologies located their Detroit area branch office in Novi in the Haggerty Corridor Corporate Park. The city is also a member of Automation Alley, a group of technology firms and institutions in southeast Michigan. 

The major employers in the city are Intier Automotive Seating of America Inc., Novi Community School District, Ryder Systems, ITC Holdings, St. John Health/Providence Park Hospital, Tower Automotive Inc., Trinity Health, Cooper Standard Automotive Inc., City of Novi, Macys, and Polynorm Automotive North America Inc.  

Manufacturing provides 25.0% of the employment, educational, health and social services provide15.5%, professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services provide14.9%, and retail trade provides 11.6%. The median household income is $80,151 and the average per capita income is $42,457.
The unemployment rate is 1.7% and the mean travel time to work is 26.6 minutes.


Novi is experiencing a buyers market, and has a variety of homes to choose from. The rolling, wooded acreage provides a scenic backdrop for condominiums, apartments and single-family homes. For those who would prefer a lake community, there is the highly sought after Island Lake community of homes and condominiums offering a wide range of prices, styles and sizes. The median home price in Novi is $368,348. Novi Michigan homes tend to increase in value rapidly and have made this community a thriving and active real estate market.


Novi is proud of its superior parks, protected wetland and woodland areas and recreation centers. The city has many parks with facilities for baseball, tennis, biking, ski trails, concerts, and outings. North Novi Park is a prominent natural area and one of the largest municipal parks in southeast Michigan. The park encompasses 441 acres, with 9 miles of natural trails, a 6-mile mountain bike trail, and an observation deck Brookfarm Park is a quaint neighborhood park used for soccer practices and family outings. Community Sports Park is designed for sports enthusiasts, with its 73 acres of sports fields. Ella Mae Power Park hosts softball games, baseball games and tournaments during the warmer months. Lakeshore Park hosts a number of summer activities including the Kid’s Concert Series, Camp Lakeshore, mountain bike and running races. The park has 9 miles of trail for walking, biking, running or skiing, and Walled Lake draws hundreds of families.  

Novi Department of Parks and Recreation offers a wide variety of sports and leisure programs, and family events. Sports offered include soccer, lacrosse, T-ball, softball, basketball, whiffle ball, tennis, volleyball, and horseshoes. Classes are offered in horseback riding, line dancing, karate and jazzercise. The Novi Ice Arena offers hockey, skating lessons and even birthday parties.  

Novi has several golf courses, including The Links of Novi and Westbrooke Golf Course. The Links is a public course, which has three nine-hole courses played in three eighteen-hole combinations.  Westbrooke is an 18-hole public course, with tree-lined fairways built on rolling terrain. It has three ponds that come into play on four holes and two excellent triple-tiered greens. 

Special Attractions/Events 

The city of Novi is a bustling community. It boasts the impressive Twelve Oaks and Fountain Walk shopping centers, hotels, restaurants and theaters. Novi is home to the a first class convention center, a city ice rink and a beautiful library. Fountain Walk is a 737,000 square foot shopping and entertainment center. It provides top-notch retail, dining and entertainment in an open-air environment.  

Some of the special events in Novi include Arbor Day in April, Memorial Day in May, Hometown Photo Competition, High School Robotix Team, River Day, and the Novi Spring Perennial Exchange. 

Novi is also home to the Suburban Financial Showplace & Hyatt Place/Detroit Novi Hotel. The Suburban Collection Showplace is a 215,000 square foot Exposition Center and the Diamond Convention Center which has 30 meeting rooms including two Ballrooms. The meeting/banquet space also has 25,000 square feet of pre-function area for registrations, cocktail receptions and networking events. This venue hosts a variety of major events from the Michigan State Fair to the annual RV and Camper Show and the Home Improvement Show and many more!!

Interesting Facts/Historic Buildings and Places 

The city of Novi has several historical sites such as Tollgate Farm. Other sites are the Colonel Samual White Homestead, the Novi Depot and the Historic Township Hall situated next to the Novi Library.

The City of Novi was incorporated in 1969 along the boundaries of the then-existing Village of Novi following the approval of a City Charter 

The name Novi was taken from the township, which was organized in 1832 from Farmington Township. It was suggested by Dr. J.C. Emory, in response to the local residents, who were looking for a shorter name than Farmington. 

The Novi Community School District has been nationally recognized as a Gold Medal District by Expansion Management Magazine.