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Détroit (French)[1]
City of Detroit
Flag of Detroit
Official seal of Detroit
Etymology: French: détroit (strait)
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Interactive map of Detroit
Coordinates: 42°19′53″N 83°02′45″W / 42.33139°N 83.04583°W / 42.33139; -83.04583Coordinates: 42°19′53″N 83°02′45″W / 42.33139°N 83.04583°W / 42.33139; -83.04583[2]
CountryUnited States
FoundedJuly 24, 1701
IncorporatedSeptember 13, 1806
 • TypeMayor–council
 • BodyDetroit City Council
 • MayorMike Duggan (D)
 • ClerkJanice Winfrey
 • City council
 • City142.89 sq mi (370.08 km2)
 • Land138.72 sq mi (359.27 km2)
 • Water4.17 sq mi (10.81 km2)
 • Urban
1,295 sq mi (3,350 km2)
 • Metro
3,913 sq mi (10,130 km2)
Elevation656 ft (200 m)
 • City639,111
 • Rank27th in the United States
1st in Michigan
 • Density4,607.20/sq mi (1,778.92/km2)
 • Metro4,392,041 (14th)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code(s)
48127, 48201, 48202, 48204–48206, 48208–48210, 48212–48217, 48219, 48221–48228, 48231–48236, 48238–48240, 48243, 48244, 48255, 48260, 48264, 48266–48269, 48272, 48275, 48277–48279, 48288
FIPS code26-22000
GNIS feature ID1617959[2]
Major airportsDetroit Metropolitan Airport, Coleman A. Young International Airport
InterstatesI-75.svg I-94.svg I-96.svg I-375.svg
U.S. routesUS 12.svg US 24.svg
State trunklinesM-1.svg M-3.svg M-5.svg M-8.svg M-10.svg M-39.svg M-53.svg M-85.svg M-97.svg M-102.svg M-153.svg
Mass transitDdot-logo.svg DPM icon.png QLINE Logo.svg
WebsiteOfficial website
The Detroit skyline

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.

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.[6][7]


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.


WXYZ American Broadcasting Company


Detroit is home to one of the largest black communities in the United States, with over 91% being African-American.[8] 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.[9] Mexicans have recently replaced the shrinking population.[10]


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


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