Troy (Michigan)

Troy is a city in Michigan and a suburb of Detroit.

Troy was first settled in the early 19th century and was named after Troy, New York where the first settlers previously resided. The city was incorporated out of Troy Township into the City of Troy in 1955. Much of the development in the city occurred between the 1960's and 1990's. There are several large corporations headquartered in Troy including Delphi, ArvinMeritor, Flagstar Bancorp, Budd Company, and Kelly Services. It was formerly the world headquarters of Kmart before it was purchased by Sears Holdings and its large headquarters complex still stands at the northwest corner of Big Beaver & Coolidge.

In 2008, Troy was ranked 22nd on a list of "Best Places to Live" in the United States by CNN Money, using criteria including housing, quality of education, economic strength, and recreational opportunities. In 2008, Troy ranked as the fourth most affordable U.S. city with a median household income of US$90,000.

Get in

By car

Troy is located along Interstate 75 a major highway and is approximately 20 miles northwest of downtown Detroit.

By train

The Amtrak station in Birmingham is located along the border with Troy. For ground transportation from the station you will have to arrange for a taxi as the station is unattended. Amtrak trains operate several times per day with service to and from Chicago.

By air

Troy is located approximately 30 miles north of Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport which is a major hub for Delta Air Lines and also has international service operated by Lufthansa, KLM, Air France, and Royal Jordanian. Shuttle service to Troy is available but is expensive (roughly $30 per person) and a taxi to Troy could run as much as $60. Therefore, it may be less expensive to arrange someone to meet you at the airport, or rent a car; even if you don't intend on driving much once you are in Troy.

For those who seek a bargan, (or if you live relatively close to the area) try flying into Flint Bishop International Airport. Fares are somewhat lower than what you would expect at Metro Airport, and the drive time into Troy is about the same (about 1 hour).

Get around

By bus

Public bus service is provided by SMART. Bus fares are $2.00 and there are several routes that travel to or through Troy. However, many destinations within the city are a mile or further from the closest bus route.

By car

Parking is not difficult in Troy and in fact there are no pay lots or parking meters in the city. Every destination you would want to go to should have ample parking. Traffic can be congested in certain areas during rush hours or in shopping areas on certain weekends.

Airport Shuttle Services are available by reservation. Rates from Troy to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport is $69.00. Contact Oakland Airport Shuttle (248) 247-6705.


Troy Historic Village

As a side note, if you do happen to go to Troy Corners (intersection of Livernois & Square Lake Rd, Troy, Michigan) there's a historical marker near the green-and-white farm house on Livernois Road south of the BP gas station. This is mentioned because the marker includes an interesting history of the Troy area.


Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center



Troy features a number of mid-high end restaurants centered around the Somerset Collection. Many of these are national chains such as Capital Grille and McCormick & Schmick. More unique establishments of note include Shield's (pizza), Picano's (Italian), and Mon Jin Lau (New Asian), Hour Magazine Detroit's 2008 restaurant of the year. Troy also features numerous national chain locations for casual dining, fast casual, and fast food restaurants as well as the Detroit area's regional variation on the diner, "Coney Island" restaurants.


Troy restricts its liquor licenses in a way that prevents much in the way of nightlife common in more urban cities. However, many restaurants have bars located inside and there are a number of neighborhood bars, one of the oldest being The Gathering Place at the corner Wattles and John R Roads.

For the more adventurous beer fan, Dragonmead , one of the nation's most highly acclaimed microbreweries is located in nearby Warren and has a brew-pub.

For those seeking nightlife, it is recommended you find a copy of Real Detroit Weekly and read the ads for the promoted "parties" running that week. Tough economic times in the region have forced many nightclubs to close except for days when a promoter rents the club and promotes a "party", often at his own risk. These parties are often advertised in Real Detroit. Nightclubs that are popular and even open in the Detroit area change rapidly and a recommendation of a particular club may be irrelevant in even a few months later if the club has gone "dead" and subsequently closed or changed names.


Go next

Routes through Troy

Detroit Royal Oak  W  E  Pontiac END
Flint Bloomfield Twp  N  S  Royal Oak Detroit

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