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Welcome to Royal Oak ...

The city of Royal Oak is located in Oakland County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Royal Oak, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1851.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Royal Oak has a population of 59,288 people<2> (see below for details).

Royal Oak is 650 feet [198 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Royal Oak lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Area codes for Royal Oak: (248) and (947)<4>

The ZIP codes for Royal Oak: 48067-48068, 48073<5>

Websites for Royal Oak ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Royal Oak had an population of 59,288 people. This is an increase of 3.59% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 1.29% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Royal Oak had a population of 57,236 people. This makes Royal Oak the county's 6th most populous community.

The population of Royal Oak represents 0.58% of the population of Michigan (which has 9,883,640 people), making it the state's 21st most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 57,236 people, the population of Royal Oak decreased 4.71% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 60,062 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Royal Oak.

Communities Also Named Royal Oak ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 7 communities that are also named Royal Oak - they are located in Arkansas, British Columbia, Louisiana, Maryland (2), Missouri and Tennessee.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Royal Oak.

Communities near Royal Oak ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Royal Oak.

  • Detroit
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    • Detroit lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the southeast of Royal Oak.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 665,369 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Detroit
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Detroit<7>
  • Windsor
  • Sterling Heights
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sterling Heights
    • Sterling Heights lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the northeast of Royal Oak.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 131,709 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sterling Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sterling Heights
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sterling Heights<7>
  • Dearborn
  • Livonia
  • Troy
  • Westland
  • Farmington Hills
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    • Farmington Hills lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the west of Royal Oak.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 80,017 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Farmington Hills have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Farmington Hills
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Farmington Hills<7>
  • Rochester Hills
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    • Rochester Hills lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the north of Royal Oak.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 74,111 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rochester Hills have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rochester Hills
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rochester Hills<7>
  • Novi

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Royal Oak. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Royal Oak.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Royal Oak. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Royal Oak.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Royal Oak. Our list includes 7 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Royal Oak.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Royal Oak ...

Looking for more information about Royal Oak? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Royal Oak, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Royal Oak.

Adding Royal Oak to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Royal Oak in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Royal Oak was in the book titled Table of U.S. Post Offices in the United States (Jan. 1851).

We also found Royal Oak in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Royal Oak.

The official website for Royal Oak:

The official website for Oakland County:

The official website for State of Michigan:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Michigan's counties, including Oakland, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Royal Oak.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Royal Oak - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Area code (947) is an overlay for area code (248).
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Royal Oak). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Royal Oak or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Royal Oak includes: 48067 & 48068.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Royal Oak) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Royal Oak. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Royal OakOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Royal Oak. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.4899, Longitude: -83.1443    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.




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