/ˈoʊkɨməs/) is an unincorporated
community in Meridian Charter
Ingham County in the U.S.
state of Michigan. It is a census-designated
place (CDP) for
statistical purposes and does not have any separate legal
a municipality. Local government is provided by the township. The
population was 21,369 at the 2010 census.
The Okemos Public Schools
Okemos and some immediate surrounding
areas. The nickname of the school's sports teams is the Chiefs. Some
questioned the political
correctness of the mascot despite the town being named
after a Native
American chieftain. The use of the image of the Chieftain head has
removed from most school-funded items, although several self-supporting
sports teams still wear it.
The settlement of
Hamilton was founded in 1839 by Freeman Bray as a
point with the surrounding Ojibwa
people and as a farming community. In
one year following the death of Chief John
Okemos (on whose treaty lands the
community was built), the area
was renamed Okemos to honor the Native
It was originally a
farming community, but has been entirely
absorbed as a
Lansing suburb. The center of Okemos, referred to by many as "The Four
Corners," is located at the
intersection of Hamilton and Okemos Roads.
The most notable business is
Mall (located on M-43 Grand River
Avenue), which is northeast of The Four Corners. The American
Hynes was born in Okemos in 1955.
As of the census
of 2010, there were 21,369 people, 8,824 households, and
residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,274.7 per
square mile (487.8/km˛). There were 9,384 housing units at an average
density of 554.9 per square mile (214.2/km˛). The racial makeup of the
was 76.5% White, 14.4% Asian, 5.1% Black
American, 0.3% Native
American, 0.1% Pacific
Islander, 1.1% from other races,
and 2.6% from two or
more races.Hispanic or Latino of any
race were 3.3% of the population.
There were 9,194
households out of which 31.7% had children under
of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together,
a female householder with no
husband present , and 38.6% were non-families.
25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.7% had someone
living alone who was
65 years of age or older. The average household size was
2.44 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the CDP the population
was spread out with 23.9% under the age of
18, 14.5% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to44, 25.9% from 45 to 64,
9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years.
For every 100 females there were 93.5 males. For every 100 females age
18 and over, there were 90.1 males.
The median income for an
average household in the CDP was $62,810,
median income for a family was $88,459 (These figures had risen
and $101,903 respectively as of a 2007 estimate).
Males had a median income
of $60,601 versus $41,393 for females. The per capita income for the
$33,401. About 3.3% of families and 9.6% of the population were
poverty line, including
5.0% of those under age 18 and 0.5% of those age 65
In 2011, CNN Money
Magazine rated Okemos as the 12th-best city to
live in for
"the rich and single".
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Doc Corbin Dart: Punk rock
Susan Jacoby: Author, born
and raised in
Giacoletto (November 14,
1916 in Clinton, Indiana;- October
4, 2004 in Okemos, Michigan) was an American electrical engineer
He was known among others for his work in the field of semiconductor
technology, in particular by the eponymous Giacoletto
equivalent circuit for
and farmers market.
Ferguson Park ,
along the Red Cedar River on Okemos Road, is thought to be
place where Chief Okemos
and the war chiefs held their pow wows.
The park is part of the oldest settlement
in the area along the plank road between
Detroit and the Capitol in
The Hamilton Building at 2060 Hamilton
Road (near The Four
Corners of Okemos),
is the oldest commercial building in Okemos,and
replaced the old Walker General
Store, which was built in 1853. The
Hamilton Building held its first ice cream social
on June 11, 1904, and
was built to house the International Order of Odd Fellows,
organization. The planks in between Detroit and the Capitol in Lansing.
The Dr. James F. Smiley House
built in 1870, is located near The Four Corners at
2142 Hamilton Road. Dr. Smiley was the town doctor. The porch was the
addition in 1930.
Nancy Moore Park
Mallwhose motto is "Meridian
Mall is the One, with a Million Square Feet of
Okemos Public Schools
The Hope Borbas Okemos
branch of the Capital Area
Pastie Glue by Minor
Creations is made in Okemos.
According to the United
States Census Bureau,
the CDP has a total area of 16.9
square miles (44 km2), of which, 16.8 square miles (44 km2)
of it is land and
miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.8%) is water.
The Red Cedar River runs
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