Detroit

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Detroit
Détroit (French)[1]
City of Detroit
Left to right from top: Skyline of Detroit, Book Tower, Renaissance Center, Fisher Building, Comerica Park and the Ambassador Bridge.
Flag of Detroit
Official seal of Detroit
Etymology: French: détroit (strait)
Nicknames: 
The Motor City, Motown, Renaissance City, City of the Straits, The D, D-Town, Hockeytown, The Automotive Capital of the World, Rock City, The 313, The Arsenal of Democracy, The Town That Put The World on Wheels, Tigertown, Détroit, Paris of the West
Motto(s): 
Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus
(Latin: We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes)
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
StateMichigan
CountyWayne
FoundedJuly 24, 1701
IncorporatedSeptember 13, 1806
Government
 • TypeMayor–council
 • BodyDetroit City Council
 • MayorMike Duggan (D)
 • ClerkJanice Winfrey
 • City council
Members
Area
 • 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)
Population
 • City639,111
 • Rank27th in the United States
1st in Michigan
 • Density4,607.20/sq mi (1,778.92/km2)
 • Metro4,392,041 (14th)
Demonym(s)Detroiter
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
Area code(s)313
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]

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.

Media[change | change source]

WXYZ American Broadcasting Company

People[change | change source]

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]

Climate[change | change source]

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

References[change | change source]

  1. "Detroit – Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary". Merriam-webster.com. April 25, 2007. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Detroit". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-07-27..
  3. "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 25, 2020.
  4. "QuickFacts: Detroit city, Michigan". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  5. "2020 Population and Housing State Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  6. "Detroit: Bankruptcy or bust". The Economist. 2013-11-15. Retrieved 2013-11-20.
  7. http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130718/METRO01/307180103#ixzz2ZQqjpHYO Archived 2013-08-10 at the Wayback Machine The Detroit News
  8. "Racially-Based Suppression of the African-American Vote | FindLaw". Findlaw. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  9. CuriosiD: How Did Detroit Become a Center for Arabs in the United States?
  10. The Paradox of Mexicantown: Detroit's Uncomfortable Relationship With the Immigrants it Desperately Needs

Other websites[change | change source]

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