most populous city in Michigan, United States; county seat of Wayne County
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Detroit is the largest city in the state of Michigan in the United States. In 1950, Detroit was the fifth largest city in the United States, with 1.8 million people. It was the 10th largest city in the United States at the time of the 2000 census. As of 2004, it fell to 11th biggest as people have moved away, and San Jose, California, which is growing, moved to 10th. The Population of Detroit was 700,000 in the 2010s decade. Nearly six million people live in Detroit and the surrounding counties that encompass Metro Detroit. The city borders Windsor, Ontario in Canada. The international border between Detroit and Windsor is one of the most crossed in the world.

Detroit, Michigan
Images from top to bottom, left to right: Downtown Detroit skyline, Spirit of Detroit, Greektown, Ambassador Bridge, Michigan Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Fox Theatre, and Comerica Park.
Flag of Detroit, Michigan
Official seal of Detroit, Michigan
The Motor City, Motown, Renaissance City, The D, Hockeytown, The Automotive Capital of the World, Rock City, The 313
Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus
(Latin: We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes)
Location within Wayne County, Michigan and the state of Michigan
Location within Wayne County, Michigan and the state of Michigan
Detroit is located in Michigan
Location within Michigan
Detroit is located in the United States
Location within the United States
Coordinates: 42°19′53″N 83°2′45″W / 42.33139°N 83.04583°W / 42.33139; -83.04583Coordinates: 42°19′53″N 83°2′45″W / 42.33139°N 83.04583°W / 42.33139; -83.04583[1]
Country United States
State Michigan
 • TypeMayor-Council
 • MayorMike Duggan (D)
 • City Council
 • City143.0 sq mi (370 km2)
 • Land138.8 sq mi (359 km2)
 • Water4.2 sq mi (11 km2)
 • Urban
1,295 sq mi (3,350 km2)
 • Metro
3,913 sq mi (10,130 km2)
Elevation600 ft (200 m)
 • City713,777
 • Rank18th in U.S.
 • Density5,142/sq mi (1,985/km2)
 • Urban
 • Metro
 • CSA
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)313
FIPS code26-22000[4]
GNIS feature ID1617959[1]
Major airportDetroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)
The Detroit skyline

The person who started the city was Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac. He was from France. Detroit was made a city in 1701. From 1805 to 1847, Detroit was the capital of Michigan.

The state governor declared a financial emergency in March 2013, appointing an emergency manager. On July 18, 2013, Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history.[5][6]


Detroit is a city where many automobiles are made and this is why it is sometimes called the "Motor City", or "Motown". Many people call it the car capital of the world. General Motors, Ford and Chrysler have their offices and many of their plants in and around Detroit.

In 2006, the Super Bowl was played at Ford Field in Detroit.


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Detroit is home to one of the largest black communities in the United States, with over 91% being African-American.[7] Violent crime rate is also one of the highest in the USA. Detroit also has a large Arab population. Many Arabs live in metro Detroit. The Arab-American community in Detroit began with a small group of Syrian and Lebanese merchants who immigrated to Detroit in the late 1800s.[8] Mexicans have recently replaced the shrinking population.[9]


Detroit has a humid continental climate (Dfa in the Köppen climate classification).


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Detroit". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-07-27..
  2. "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places over 100,000, Ranked by July 1, 2009 Population: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 1, 2009.
  3. "Annual Estimates of the Population of Combined Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
  4. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. "Detroit: Bankruptcy or bust". The Economist. 2013-11-15. Retrieved 2013-11-20.
  6. The Detroit News
  7. "Racially-Based Suppression of the African-American Vote | FindLaw". Findlaw. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  8. CuriosiD: How Did Detroit Become a Center for Arabs in the United States?
  9. The Paradox of Mexicantown: Detroit's Uncomfortable Relationship With the Immigrants it Desperately Needs

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