Novi ( NOVE-eye) is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 55,224, an increase from 47,386 at the 2000 census.A northern suburb of Metro Detroit, Novi is located about 8 miles (12.9 km) northwest of the city of Detroit and about 16 miles (25.7 km) northeast of Ann Arbor. The city is located within the boundaries of the survey township of Novi Township, which now also includes portions of the cities of Northville and Walled Lake. The remaining unincorporated township is only a tiny fraction of 0.11 square miles (0.28 km2) surrounded by the city. Novi was organized as a township in 1832, on land taken from Farmington Township.
The name Novi was offered by resident Dr. J. C. Emery, at the suggestion of his wife. Residents were reportedly looking for a shorter name than Farmington.A local account has said that it was named after the 6th toll gate (No. VI) on the Grand River Road. But the township was named in 1832 and the toll road was not constructed until the 1850s. Another account said that it was the sixth stagecoach stop outside Detroit. Similarly, the township was said to be stop six (or VI) on the railroad, but the Holly, Wayne & Monroe Railway (now CSX Transportation) was not constructed through the township until 1870–71, almost 40 years after the organization and naming of the township.
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