Top 16 Small Cities in Michigan


Top 16 Small Cities in Michigan
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15. Clawson

As part of the Detroit metropolitan area, Clawson takes up just over 2-square miles of land and houses 11,825 residents, referring to the Quick Facts Census webpage.

Located 5.5-miles north of Detroit between Troy and Royal Oak, the efforts of volunteers and local clubs give Clawson a reputation for excellent services, according to the Downtown Clawson website. This community, called the Little City with a Big Heart, hosts family oriented events year around.

As stated at the City of Clawson website, the annual Christmas tree Lighting brings people together at Clawson Memorial Park each year in anticipation of the coming holiday. The evening includes Christmas carols, refreshments and a visit by Santa shortly after lighting the tree. Children get to tell Santa what they want for Christmas well before the big day in hopes the wanted gift will sit under the tree on Christmas morning.

The first Independence Day celebration, in 1933, started the annual weeklong event the whole city celebrates today, which ends with the fireworks display on July 4, related in the history of celebration found at the City of Clawson website.

The summer months find residents enjoying the music of local bands at the Farmer’s Market held every weekend in Clawson City Park. Fresh farm products and a variety of specialty foods make for a diverse shopping experience, according to the Downtown Clawson website.

The city takes community pride seriously by celebrating beauty with the Home Beautification Awards every year, as accounted on the Downtown Clawson website.

A misspelling of the name Lawson led to the city’s name Clawson, says the Downtown Clawson webpage. A law remains in the city’s law book that says farmers can legally sleep with their cows and pigs, as related by the Dumb Laws in Michigan webpage.

Shoppers spend a day on Main Street and Fourteen Mile browsing the stores and meeting friends and family for a meal. From Main Street and Fourteen Mile, a trail takes walkers and bicyclists for a tour through the residential neighborhoods surrounding the shopping district. From the neighborhoods, the tour enters Clawson’s City Park with tennis courts, exercise paths, shuffle board and basketball courts.

With quick access to nearby communities, the Downtown Clawson website says Clawson residents can live in a small city but access large city amenities when needed. Troy, nine miles to the north, offers industries, malls, fine dining and cultural experiences for those wanting to visit a larger city.

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