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What We Love


Royal Oak has a vibrant downtown with boutiques, unique shops and plenty of dining.


Many restaurants to choose from. Lots of outdoors seating. Restaurants have diverse ethnic foods and many that cater to whole, healthy food.

The Farmers Market

Great selection of food, produce and art.

The Vibe

It is hip and artsy and offers many coffee shops, boutiques, pubs and bars with live music.

People watching

This could be an Olympic event.

What We Don't Love


Finding a place to park is sometimes challenging, though there are a few parking garages that are rarely full. Parking is metered.


There is a working train that runs through the heart of the city that can hold you up whether you are walking or driving, but it doesn’t run so often as to be of great concern.


It’s crowded during weekends and rush hour like any downtown. Use pedestrian common sense.


The city of Royal Oak has been recognized over and over as one of the top 10 places to live in Michigan. It feels like a small town, while providing all the amenities of a booming city. Conveniently located near several major thoroughfares, Royal Oak is ideally located and provides a diverse and eclectic population.

While Royal Oak was originally settled in the 1800s as a small farming and logging community, its prime location encouraged a quick population boom. Through the combined efforts of a proactive city government and Downtown Development Authority, Royal Oak has kept its place as a highly desired area, as well as maintained the beautiful tree-covered landscape that inspired the city’s name.

Real Estate

Royal Oak remains a very popular location with it’s proximity to expressways. The homes are typically older in age, offering plaster walls, hardwood floors and lots of charm and character. There are a variety of neighborhoods in the north end of the city that were built in the 60’s and offer the best mid-century modern architecture. You won’t find many run-down areas, it is a beautiful city.


The sense of community in Royal Oak is most abundant in the downtown area, where art and music festivals, craft fairs, and community events are frequent. Over five miles of walkable downtown sidewalks take you to over 85 boutiques, salons and retail shops, and you’ll find more than 750 outdoor seats at over 70 restaurants.


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Royal Oak offers plenty of varied entertainment including art galleries, breweries, comedy clubs, dance studios, movie theatres, The Detroit Zoo, and more. A destination for great shopping, Royal Oak boasts not only big name stores, but also plenty of local boutique shops, resale and consignment shops, specialty grocery stores, and antique shops.


Serious foodies love Royal Oak for the variety of restaurants. There are well over a hundred restaurants within five miles of the downtown area, all diverse fare including French, Belgian, Greek, Japanese, Mexican, Mediterranean, Italian, and Thai.

From upscale restaurants like Vinotecca and Bistro 82, to greasy spoon diners like Monty’s Grill and KouZina, there’s something for every taste bud and every wallet size.


Royal Oak is conveniently located in the hub of Metro Detroit, with easy access to freeways and just a short drive to Downtown Detroit. Average commute time to work is just 22 minutes, shorter than the national average of 25 minutes.

Economic Report

Median household income is just over $62,000, and median family income is just over $83,000. More economic and census information for Royal Oak can be found here.

Outdoor Recreation

Royal Oak is proud to boast 50 parks, over 310 acres of green space. The parks are usually set in the midst of individual neighborhoods but many are right in the heart of downtown. You can find space for peaceful contemplation, walking paths, playscapes for kids, soccer and baseball fields.

You can easily become a member of an athletic league and participate in one of the many sports recreation programs. Dance, soccer, baseball, softball, swimming, and hockey are just a few. Adult programs and sports leagues are also available.


You’ll find diverse and creative learning in Royal Oak, with K-12 foreign language instruction and an expansive performing and fine arts program. The four year graduation rate is 80%, compared to the state’s 77%, and 74% of graduates go on to attend post-secondary schools within six months of graduation.

Teachers and administrators in Royal Oak Schools work together to help each student achieve. Early Childhood education and an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme help prepare kids to be lifelong, participatory learners, while Advanced Placement offerings, the award winning High School Model United Nations program, and scholarships to Blue Lake Performing Arts Camp offer older students a chance to expand their academic and artistic skills. For more information on the schools, please check them out at