Bloomfield Blossoms: p. 008-009 Creator
Smith, Kay, 1925- Institution
Bloomfield Township Public Library Subject
Bloomfield Blossoms Subject
Bloomfield Township (Mich.) Subject
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The census of 1830 showed about 30 families living within
the Township's 36 square miles. In 1874, another census
indicated a population of 1,912. In 1940, after Bloomfield
Hills had incorporated as a separate city in 1932 and
Birmingham in 1933, the resultant 25 square miles left in
the Township boasted only 1,771 residents. Ten years
later, in 1950, the population had doubled to 3,851. Six
people ran the government, all of it.
Then came the population explosion! Between 1950 and
this Bicentennial Year of 1976, the population has increased
to 48,425, twelve times its half century level. Today it takes more than 200 employees to run government operations.
The major story of Bloomfield therefore is not in the
shadowy past when the pioneers discovered its gentle hills
and fair lakes, but in the rediscovery by bright young
families of what it has to offer as a beautiful place to live.
The natural setting provides a backdrop for its homes and
its residents' activities, but only careful planning and a
watchful eye have allowed Bloomfield to absorb this influx
of new residents without destroying the way of life which
attracted them in the first place.
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