Ortonville, Michigan

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Ortonville is a village in north Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The village is within Brandon Township, although some development near the village lies within adjacent Groveland Township. The population was 1,535 at the 2000 census.



Ortonville, a northern rural suburb of Detroit, was founded in 1848 by Amos Orton, who built a dam across Kearsley Creek to furnish water power for his sawmill. The town was platted in 1866, and later incorporated as a village in 1902. It is located about halfway between Pontiac and Flint.

According to the census[4] of 2000 the population of the village of Ortonville is 1,535. The population of Brandon Township is 14,765, and nearby Groveland Township is 6,150.

Surrounding towns include Goodrich to the north, Oxford to the east, Clarkston to the south, and Holly to the west.

Public School System

Its primary public schools are Brandon Schools[6], in Brandon Township. Students are mostly Brandon and Groveland Township residents. Brandon High School is the home of the Blackhawks.

The schools in the district are:

  • Brandon High School (grades 9–12)
  • Brandon Middle School (grades 7 & 8)
  • Brandon Fletcher Intermediate School (grades 5 & 6)
  • Oakwood Elementary (grades K–4)
  • Harvey Swanson Elementary (grades K–4)
  • Belle Ann Elementary (grades K–4)
  • H.T. Burt Lifelong Learning Center
  • Brandon Alternative High School


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,535 people, 537 households, and 400 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,546.2 per square mile (598.7/km²). There were 572 housing units at an average density of 576.2/sq mi (223.1/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.24% White, 0.07% African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.46% from other races, and 0.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.69% of the population.

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