Livonia, Michigan, is a safe, well-planned community of 36 square miles located in northwest Wayne County. City boundaries are Inkster Road on the east, Eight Mile Road on the north, Eckles Road and Haggerty Road on the west and Joy Road on the south.
Livonia enjoys a strategic location second-to-none in the region, with easy east-west access via the Jeffries Expressway (I-96) and north-south along the I-275 expressway. Our main roads fan out in every direction providing convenient drive times throughout the metropolitan area.
With a population of just under 100,000 in the 2010 Census, Livonia is listed as the third-largest city in Wayne County and the ninth largest city in Michigan.
At $4.4 billion, Livonia is among the highest in S.E.V. (State Equalized Value) in the State. At the same time, Livonia’s property tax rate is the lowest tax rate among cities in Wayne County.
Livonia is a carefully planned community of residential, industrial, commercial and civic development. The City’s motto proclaims “People Come First” in Livonia. Even with its large population, Livonia has successfully maintained its friendly, hometown atmosphere while maintaining a strong emphasis on public safety and public services.
Livonia was recognized by the FBI as the Second Safest City in Michigan (populations over 75,000). Over the years, Livonia has earned other accolades. It has been named as the Second Best Kid Friendly Place in the Nation by Population Connection; the Second Least Economic Stressful by the City American City Business Journals; and one of the top 50 Green Cities in the U.S. by Popular Science in 2008. Livonians can take pride in this being a great place to live, work, learn and play!
Livonia’s students benefit from two quality public school systems – Livonia Public Schools and the Clarenceville School District – as well as numerous parochial schools. The City is home to seven institutions of higher education, including the main campuses of Madonna University and Schoolcraft Community College and a recently built site for Davenport University. Livonia also maintains three municipal libraries.
A superior education system produces a skilled workforce. There are some 4,300 businesses in Livonia. Major local employers include Ford Motor Company, United Parcel Services (UPS), Roush Enterprises, NYX Inc., Phillips Service Industries, Inc., McLaren Performance Technologies, and St. Mary Mercy Hospital.
Livonia’s industry is largely concentrated in a 6-square-mile corridor combining major railroad and highway access to all sections of the metropolitan region.
Livonia is a great place to play! Recreational options abound, with an array of parks serving as a great place for families and groups to gather for picnics and outdoor activities. The City of Livonia has more than 1, 389 acres of recreational open space in which there are 60 parks (36 developed and 24 undeveloped). The parks also offer play structures at 22 neighborhood parks for all ages, six miles of nature trails, fitness clusters, grill areas, pavilions, and restrooms at various parks.
City parkland also includes three 18-hole public golf courses; two ice arenas with three sheets of ice (leased to a private operator); three outdoor swimming pools; seven in-line skating courts; 10 sand volleyball courts; 32 tennis courts; six walking paths; 43 baseball diamonds; 25 soccer fields; and an archery range.
Livonia also boasts a state-of-the-art Community Recreation Center, featuring a giant pool slide, leisure pool with water sprays, competitive pool, two gymnasiums, two multi-activity courts, fitness hub with training equipment, indoor track, climbing wall, aerobics room, party rooms, game room, giant play structure and gymnastics area. Outside, the “Rec Center” offers four soccer fields, in-line skate rink, skateboard park, walking path, two sand volleyball courts and a water spray ground.
Livonia offers a number of entertainment venues, including upscale restaurants and movie theaters including a 20-screen state-of-the-art facility. There are several major shopping centers, including Laurel Park Place Mall and Wonderland Village, with construction underway on a new center called Livonia Marketplace.
Livonia celebrates its birthday at Spree, an annual week-long festival and carnival at Ford Field, Farmington Road and Lyndon. Special entertainment includes amusement rides, food, various attractions for the whole family, and a grand fireworks display that draws tens of thousands of viewers. The hard work of the Spree Board and Committee, and many volunteers, helps to raise funds for the City of Livonia and for many non-profit projects and programs in the community – including annual Spree scholarships.
Greenmead Historical Park and the Wilson Barn preserve the past for both residents and visitors. The Farm Site at Greenmead is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This jewel in the community features a collection of Livonia’s original buildings from as early as the 1820s and the key buildings from the Newburg Intersection of the 1920s. Scottish Highland Games, Summer and Fall Flea Markets, Specialty Teas and other special events are held at Greenmead. Sunday tours begin in June; weekday tours are available by appointment. The Historic Newburg Church can be rented for weddings and the Alexander Blue House is available to rent for business meetings/seminars, clubs, classes and private parties. For more details, call (248) 477-7375.
The cultural fiber of Livonia is alive and thriving. Music and the Arts are celebrated and embraced. The Livonia Symphony Orchestra was formed (then called the Oakway Symphony Orchestra) in 1973 and is still going strong. The LSO, led by conductor/Musical Director Volodymyr Shesiuk, performs a full concert series and special events including the classics, semi-classic, Broadway and movie musicals and “pop” repertoire. The Livonia Civic Chorus is also an active group in the community. In addition to various performances throughout the City, the Chorus stages an annual spring and a winter holiday performance, much to the delight of their enthusiastic fans. The Music from the Heart series is performed outdoors on parkland in the Civic Center area during the summer months. (Call 734-466-2540 for dates, times and locations.) Brown Bag Lunch concerts are performed in the atrium at the Civic Center Library.
Livonia City Hall, dedicated on October 27, 1979, stands as a distinctive symbol for the City and its people. Located near the intersection of Five Mile and Farmington Roads, the building is a five-story architectural landmark of concrete, steel and bronze glass windows. Also located at the Civic Center are the new 16th District Courthouse, Livonia Police Department Headquarters, Livonia Fire Department Station No. 1, Civic Center Library, and the Livonia Senior Center.