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About South Lyon

   Welcome to our town!

South Lyon is a city in Southwestern Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan, in Metro Detroit. The population was 11,327 at the 2010 census. The city is part of the South Lyon-Howell-Brighton Urban Area, which had a population of 106,139 according to the 2000 census. South Lyon is located in Oakland County's Lyon Township, near the Livingston County and Washtenaw County lines. The city is 19 miles north of Ann Arbor, 45 miles west of Detroit and 58 miles east of Lansing.

The South Lyon School district encompasses approximately 90 square miles.  Taking in the areas of the City of S.Lyon, Green Oak Township, Salem Township, Lyon Township and is in part in three counties - Oakland, Livingston and Washtenaw. 

This quaint town with surrounding farmland and horse farms was founded in 1832 and was called Thompson's Corners. In the same year, the surrounding township was named Lyon for Lucius Lyon, a member of the State Legislature. The village was given a name for its location within the township. South Lyon was incorporated as a village in 1873 and as a city in 1930. 


Three rail lines once passed through South Lyon.  The Witches Hat Depot was originally located on Pontiac Trail and was later moved to it's present location in 1976. 

Many of the original buildings still exist. Ask any of the many generational families about the amazing history of this community. 

There's so much go do in our community.  The Schools are very active.  Senior activities at the Senior Center and the Libraries.  Physical fitness events.   The community offers many special events throughout the year - Witches Hat,  Pumpkinfest, Cool Yule, Car Shows, and more. 

Check out the list of events frequently!.  There's lots to do so don't miss out.

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