For other entities named Pontiac, see Pontiac.Pontiac is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan, located in Metro Detroit. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 59,515. It is the county seat of Oakland County.and about 12 miles (19 km) north and slightly west of the Detroit city limits.
Named after Pontiac, a war chief of the Ottawa people, the city achieved its widest reputation for its General Motors automobile manufacturing plants of the 20th century, which were the basis of its economy and contributed to the wealth of the region. Pontiac also was home to Oakland Motor Car Company, which was acquired by General Motors in 1909.