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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
Official seal of Detroit
Nickname(s): The Motor City, Motown, Renaissance City, The D, Hockeytown, The Automotive Capital of the World, Rock City, The 313
Motto(s): 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 the US
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
County Wayne
Founded 1701
Incorporated 1806
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Mayor Mike Duggan (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[1] 600 ft (200 m)
Population (2010)[2][3]
 • City 713,777
 • Rank 18th in U.S.
 • Density 5,142/sq mi (1,985/km2)
 • Urban 3,863,924
 • Metro 4,296,250
 • CSA 5,218,852
Demonym(s) Detroiter
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 313
FIPS code 26-22000[4]
GNIS feature ID 1617959[1]
Major airport Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)
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 2010's decade. 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.

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

Sports[change | change source]

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.

People[change | change source]

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.

Climate[change | change source]

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

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