An Aging Community
Like many other communities, Farmington Hills has seen its share of older residents increase over the past decade. This trend is likely to continue as those of the Baby Boomer generation reach this stage in life. A 2017 regional forecast underestimated the increase in the 65+ population by 3.6%, suggesting the City may need to prepare for not only a greater influx of new residents, but also a larger proportion of older residents.
Knowing how the community is organized into its most basic unit, households, is key in making effective plans for the future.
Housing in Farmington Hills
Data about housing can indicate the strength of the local economy and overall community appeal. Older housing reflects the physical, historic, and social context of a community. The age of housing influences local housing policies for rehabilitation and redevelopment. Older houses require additional maintenance and upkeep, and may also require upgrades to ensure energy efficiency, barrier-free access and increased livability for aging adults.
A Community for All Ages and Abilities
- Mindful of the very young
- Mindful of the very old
- Mindful of those with different abilities
- Encompasses ADA guidelines
Principles of Communities for All Ages and Abilities
- Support the development of public facilities that promote connectivity
- Support diverse housing options that allow residents to "age in community"
- Support a variety of transportation options that meet the needs of all community members
- Include all community members in public decision making processes
- Provide opportunities for citizens to volunteer and become involved
- Address the health and social needs of all ages and abilities
Housing Preferences by Generation
- Affordability - Willingness to accept a smaller house and lots increasing as more Gen Zers enter the market and are focused on affordability.
- Aging in Place - The likelihood of Americans staying in their current residences and not moving increases with age.
- Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) - ADUs are residential units built on the same lot as a single family home (attached or detached) that provide completely separate living quarters, including a kitchen and bathroom. Examples of ADUs are shown below (Picture Source: Florida Housing Coalition)
Identifying trends in employment can help a community project future needs for land use categories and assess potential opportunities for economic development.
Employment Sectors - 2045 Forecast
The total number of workers in the City of Farmington Hills is 42,088, which is 6.6% of those in Oakland County. Overall jobs are projected to grow by 9.8% from 2015 to 2045.
The commuter-adjusted population is the number of people who are in an area during the day, as opposed to the resident population, which is the number of people who are in an area during the evening hours. This information can be helpful in determining how to allocate resources and understand needs for development and infrastructure.