Incorporated in 1820, Oakland County has a world-class reputation due to its renowned business environment and quality of life aspects. The County covers approximately 910 square miles immediately north of the City of Detroit, and the County seat is in Pontiac. The County is a mix of urban and rural communities, encompassing 62 cities, villages, and townships, and has an estimated population of 1,257,584. There are 32 downtown areas and many scenic natural settings contributing to an excellent quality of life for residents, which is more than safe neighborhoods, good schools, and beautiful lakes and parks. It is built on the shared values of opportunity, fairness, and community.