The City of Ferndale, once "a little village in the shadow of a big city" has blossomed into a hip urban community that still maintains small-town values. As the gateway into Oakland County, Ferndale is situated at the intersections of Eight Mile Boulevard and historic Woodward Avenue, as well as, I-696 & I-75. In addition, its well-developed infrastructure featuring railway and public transportation and its central location within southeast Michigan make Ferndale the perfect place for professionals, businesses, students, and families.
The active involvement of Ferndale residents and businesses in the community has earned Ferndale the slogan of "Good Neighbors" and provides plenty of events to enjoy. Hundreds of Ferndale's approximately 20,000 residents serve voluntarily on city commissions, committees and other organizations to help make Ferndale a better community to live and work.
Over the course of the last 10 years, the downtown district, under the leadership of an active Downtown Development Authority, has seen more than 160 building improvements made, vacancy rates at all-time lows for four consecutive years, and more public awareness of the vibrant downtown businesses. Ferndale is now one of Michigan's top communities, known for its diversity, creative class, progressive attitude, and rapid rate of change. This is why it was one of only five cities in the United States to receive a 2010 Great American Main Street Award through the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Ferndale's businesses and residents are known for their forward-thinking and, above all, friendliness. It's no surprise that Ferndale is the birthplace of the annual Woodward Dream Cruise, the largest one-day automotive event in the world.
Ferndale is committed to valuing diversity. Its citizens and eclectic businesses share a welcoming approach to neighbors, visitors and customers alike. All are invited to take part in Ferndale's active community and to soak up its positive energy.
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