About Our Community

Independence Township 

The Charter Township of Independence is a growing residential community located in northern Oakland County, some 45 miles Northwest of Detroit. Situated in a rural atmosphere, the community is surrounded by thousands of acres of rolling hills, lakes, woodlands, farms and quiet country roads and marshes. Though frequently referred to as Clarkston, it is Independence Township that is the home of DTE Energy Music Theatre and Pine Knob Ski Resort.  

City of the Village of Clarkston

Located in the heart of Independence Township, the city is approximately 1/2 square mile with a population of around 900.  Most homes in the city are single family residences.  Some are very old, with great character. 

The picturesque Main Street includes a two block retail and business area with unique shopping and dining.  The hometown feel of the city can be felt throughout the year, but particularly during any of the holiday parades and festivals.

VALUES:

A - Accountability - an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility
 - Integrity - maintain a focus and consistency by doing the right thing
D - Diversity - maintain an environment that respects dignity and sensitivity
E - Excellence - performance that exceeds expectations
R - Respect - to recognize the infinite worth of the individual and care for each one as a whole person