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Flag of Detroit
Official seal of Detroit
Location within Wayne County, Michigan and the state of Michigan
Location within Wayne County, Michigan and the state of Michigan
Country  United States of America
State  Michigan
County Wayne
Founded 1701
Incorporated 1806
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Mayor Dave Bing (D)
 • City Council
 • City 143.0 sq mi (370 km2)
 • Land 138.8 sq mi (359 km2)
 • Water 4.2 sq mi (11 km2)
 • Urban
1,295 sq mi (3,350 km2)
 • Metro
3,913 sq mi (10,130 km2)
Elevation 600 ft (200 m)
 • City 713,777
 • Rank 18th in U.S.
 • Density 5,142/sq mi (1,985/km2)
 • Urban
 • Metro
 • CSA
The Detroit skyline

Detroit is the largest city in the state of Michigan in the United States. 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 city of Detroit has a population of 912,062 as of 2008. Nearly six million people live in Detroit and the surrounding counties that encompass Metro Detroit. The city borders Windsor, Ontario in Canada. The border between Detroit and Windsor is one of the most crossed in the world.

It was made a city in 1701. From 1805 to 1847, Detroit was the capital of Michigan.

Detroit is a city where many automobiles are made and this is why it is sometimes called the "Motor City". 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 came to Detroit. Detroit is home to one of the largest black communities in the United States, being over 91% African-American.[5] Violent crime rate is one of the highest in the USA.

The person who started the city was Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac. He was from France.

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]