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Okemos, Michigan  48805, 48864
Okemos Public Schools
Okemos, Michigan

Location of Okemos, Michigan
42°43′20″N 84°25′39″W
42°43′20″N 84°25′39″W
Country:  United States
State:  Michigan
Total: 16.9 sq mi (44 km2)
Land: 16.8 sq mi (44 km2)
Water: 0.1 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation: 840 ft (256 m)
Total: 21,369
Density: 1,274.7/sq mi 
Density: (492.2/km2)
Time zone 
EST) (UTC-5)
(DST) EDT  (UTC-4)
ZIP codes: 48805, 48864
Area code: 517
FIPS code:  26-60340
GNIS feature ID: 0633973



Okemos (pron.: /ˈoʊkɨməs/) is an unincorporated community in Meridian Charter
Township, 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
existence as a municipality. Local government is provided by the township. The
population was 21,369 at the 2010 census.

The Okemos Public Schools includes Okemos and some immediate surrounding
areas. The nickname of the school's sports teams is the Chiefs. Some have
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
been 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 trading
point with the surrounding Ojibwa people and as a farming community. In 1859,
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
American chief.

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 the Meridian Mall (located on M-43 Grand River
), which is northeast of The Four Corners. The American novelist James
Hynes was born in Okemos in 1955.


As of the census of 2010, there were 21,369 people, 8,824 households, and
5,416 families 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 CDP
was 76.5% White, 14.4% Asian, 5.1% Black or African American, 0.3% Native
, 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 the age
of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 6.7% had
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,
and 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, and the
median income for a family was $88,459 (These figures had risen to $75,736
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 CDP was
$33,401. About  3.3% of families and 9.6% of the population were below the
poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and 0.5% of those age 65
or over.

In 2011, CNN Money Magazine rated Okemos as the 12th-best city to live in for
"the rich and single".

Notable residents

Tom Welling: Best known for his portrayal of Clark Kent in the CW series

Doc Corbin Dart: Punk rock musician

Susan Jacoby: Author, born and raised in Okemos

Lawrence Joseph Giacoletto (November 14, 1916 in Clinton, Indiana;- October
4, 2004 in Okemos, Michigan) was  an American electrical engineer and inventor.
He was known among others for his work in the field of semiconductor circuit
technology, in  particular by the eponymous Giacoletto equivalent circuit for

Points of interest

The Meridian Historical Village  and farmers market.

Ferguson Park , along the Red Cedar River on Okemos Road, is thought to be
the meeting 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 Lansing.

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,
a charity 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 last
addition in 1930.

Nancy Moore Park

Meridian 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 District Library

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
0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.8%) is water.

The Red Cedar River runs through Okemos.


This page is provided as a courtesy by Quad County News.
Four corners of
Okemos, Michigan

Welcome to Okemos,
Michigan sign along
northbound Okemos Road