About This Place
South Lyon is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. 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 the far southwest corner of Oakland County and shares a border with Livingston and Washtenaw counties.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.8 km²), all land. The city has grown in size over the years through a series of annexations of land from neighboring Lyon Township. These annexations have created several township islands on the Livingston County border separated from the rest of the township by the city. The city and township recently approved a land exchange to release a portion of the city back to the township.
As of the census of 2000, there were 10,036 people, 4,246 households, and 2,704 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,958.2 per square mile (1,143.0/km²). There were 4,461 housing units at an average density of 1,314.9 per square mile (508.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.68% White, 0.39% African American, 0.17% Native American, 1.09% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.60% of the population.