Southfield is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 71,739.As a northern suburb of Metro Detroit, Southfield shares part of its southern border with the city of Detroit. The city was originally part of Southfield Township before incorporating in 1958. The autonomous city of Lathrup Village is an enclave within city of Southfield. The city is home to the Southfield Town Center complex, which includes five interconnected office buildings. The tallest of these, 3000 Town Center, stands at 402 feet (122.5 m) tall; it is the second-tallest building in the state outside of the city of Detroit (after the River House Condominiums in Grand Rapids) and the 16th-tallest building overall in the state.
Southfield was surveyed in 1817 according to the plan by Michigan territorial governor Lewis Cass. The first settlers came from nearby Birmingham and Royal Oak, Michigan, as well as the states of New York and Vermont. The area that would become Southfield was settled by John Daniels in 1823. Among the founders were the Heth, Stephens, Harmon, McClelland and Thompson families. Town 1 north, 10 east was first organized as Ossewa Township on July 12, 1830, but the name was changed seventeen days later to Southfield Township. The township took its name from its location in the “south fields” of Bloomfield Township. A US post office was established in 1833 and the first town hall built in 1873.
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