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Detroit city, Michigan

Detroit city, Michigan
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)
- Total:713.777 (2010)
- Density:5.098,4/sq mi (1.982,7/sq km)
Area code(s):313
Time zone:EST (UTC-5)
Summer Time zone:EDT (UTC-4)
- Total:144 sq mi (371 sq km)
- Land:140 sq mi (360 sq km)
- Water:5 sq mi (11 sq km)
- % water:2,96 %

Quick information summary of the Detroit city area.

Detroit city is located in the state of Michigan. It occupies the area of 144 square miles. 5 square miles are water areas and 140 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Detroit city lies at +42.3830375, -083.1022365 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 713.777 living in the Detroit city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : Black or African American (82.69%), White (10.61%) and Some Other Race (3.02%). Median age is 33 for the males and 37 for the females.

Detroit is the largest city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Wayne County. In 2010, Detroit had a population of 713,777. However, the name Detroit is sometimes used in reference to its metropolitan area, Metro Detroit, which has 4,296,250 inhabitants.

Detroit is a major port on the Detroit River, which connects the Great Lakes region with the Saint Lawrence Seaway. The city is a major global automotive center, often synonymous with the American automobile industry to which it owes much of its development. Because of this, it is often called “Motor City” or “Motown.” Other popular nicknames for Detroit include “Rock City” (after the song “Detroit Rock City” by Kiss), “The 313” (its area code), “D-Town” and “The D.”

Detroit lies in the Eastern Time Zone (UTC-5). Its residents are called Detroiters.

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Statistical data for the Detroit city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

White alone
75,75810.61 %
Black or African American alone
590,22682.69 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
2,6360.37 %
Asian alone
7,5591.06 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1290.02 %
Some Other Race alone
21,5693.02 %
Two or More races
15,9002.23 %

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Population break-up based on Counties and Subdivisions in the area

Counties Subdivisions
County (whole county) Detroit city part within the County Subdivision (whole subdivision) Detroit city part within the Subdivision
Wayne County 1.820.584- Detroit city part713.777
Detroit city 713.777- Detroit city part713.777

Profile of the Detroit city

History of Detroit

Detroit was founded in 1701 by the French officer Antoine de La Mothe Cadillac, who named the settlement Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit. Thanks to the free land that was offered to families, by 1765 Detroit became the largest city between New Orleans and Montreal. In 1796, Detroit passed to the United States under the Jay Treaty. Throughout the first half of the 19th century, Detroit was the capital of Michigan. It was kept under siege by the British during the War of 1812 but in 1813 it was recaptured by the U.S. troops. It was incorporated as a city in 1815.

Detroit’s location close to the Canadian border made it one of the most important stops on the Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes for the escaped slaves from the South. During the Civil War, future president Ulysses S. Grant was stationed in the city. Many locals volunteered to fight in the war, in 24th Michigan Infantry Regiment, which suffered 82% casualties at Gettysburg.

After the war, because of its proximity to the great Lakes, Detroit emerged as an important transportation hub. In 896, Henry Ford built his first automobile in Detroit and in 1903 founded the Ford Motor Company. He, along with other pioneers such as the Dodge Brothers, Packard, Walter Chrysler and William C. Durant, established Detroit as the world’s leading automotive center. The industry in the city was thriving and with it came the highly organized labor unions, led by such famous names as Jimmy Hoffa and Walter Reuther. New workers moved to the city, along with European immigrants, and at one point in the first half of the 20th century Detroit was the fourth-largest city in the nation. Racial and ethnic diversity unfortunately led to tensions and full-scale riots, most notably those of 1943.

The 1990s were a period of new growth for Detroit, with many new buildings, stadiums, and casinos being built. Recently, the industry and the economy in the city have been experiencing difficulties, like many other major American centers.

Geography and Climate

Detroit is located on the Detroit River and connected to Windsor, Ontario, by the Ambassador Bridge, the busiest international border crossing by volume. The city has three other border crossings: Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, Michigan central Railway Tunnel and Detroit-Windsor Truck Ferry. The primary airport for the city is Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, the primary hub for Delta Air Lines.

The highest elevation in the city is 670 ft. above sea level at the University District. The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is the only refuge of its kind in North America to be located in the heart of a major city. The largest island on the river is the Grosse Ile, the most populated island in the state. Belle Isle Park is also located on an island.

The climate in Detroit is humid continental, with cold winters with moderate snowfall and warm to hot summers.

Population of Detroit

According to the 2010 Census, Detroit has 713,777 inhabitants and its greater area, called Metro Detroit, has 4,296,250 inhabitants. The racial makeup in 2010 was 82.7% African Americans, 7.8% non-Hispanic Whites, 6.8% Hispanics or Latinos, 1.1% Asians, 0.4% Native Americans, 0.02% Pacific Islanders, 3% other races and 2.2% other races.

Detroit has one of the largest concentrations of Hmong people. After the World War II, many Appalachians moved to Detroit, but because they were negatively perceived by the locals they formed their own communities, which is why southern accents can often be heard in Detroit.

Detroit is still one of the most racially segregated cities in the USA. Eight Mile Road is a traditional boundary between largely black central neighborhoods and whiter suburbs.

The median household income in 2010 was $25,787 and the per capita income was $14,118.

Economy and Industry

Detroit is home to the America’s “Big Three” automobile companies: Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. The city is trying to diversify its economy, attracting companies from sectors such as biotechnology, nanotechnology and information technology. Advertising, law, health care, finance and biomedical research are also important economic sectors.

Some of the largest companies in Detroit, in addition to the “Big Three,” include American Axle & Manufacturing, DTE Energy and Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone. Major employers are also Wayne State University and various health care providers.

Detroit is the largest U.S. city with casino hotels, such as MGM Grand Casino, MotorCity Casino and Greektown Casino.

Culture and Arts in Detroit

Detroit has many nationally prominent live music venues, such as DTE Energy Music Theatre and The Palace of Auburn Hills. Live music has been a prominent feature of the city’s cultural life since the 1940s. The Motown record company was founded in Detroit but it later moved to New York, after the acquisition by The Island Def Jam. This company, and its subsidiaries, were crucial in the development of the soul music style called the Motown Sound, with names such as Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye and many others. Aretha Franklin and John Lee Hooker are also great names of the Detroit music scene. In other genres, Detroit was the home of The Stooges, The MC5, Bob Seger, Alice Cooper, Eminem, J Dilla and The White Stripes, to name just a few.


Wayne State University is the largest institution of higher education in the city and a major national research university with medical and law schools. Other institutions include The University of Detroit Mercy, a prominent Catholic co-ed university, the College for Creative Studies, Lewis College of Business, Marygrove College and Wayne County Community College.


As for the sports, Detroit is home of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, MLB’s Detroit Tigers and NFL’s Detroit Lions.

Statistical data for the Detroit city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

White alone
75,75810.61 %
Black or African American alone
590,22682.69 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
2,6360.37 %
Asian alone
7,5591.06 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1290.02 %
Some Other Race alone
21,5693.02 %
Two or More races
15,9002.23 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Not Hispanic or Latino
665,09893.18 %
Hispanic or Latino
48,6796.82 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Not Hispanic or Latino
665,09893.18 %
White alone
55,6048.36 %
Black or African American alone
586,57388.19 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1,9270.29 %
Asian alone
7,4361.12 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
820.01 %
Some Other Race alone
9940.15 %
Two or More races
12,4821.88 %
Hispanic or Latino
48,6796.82 %
White alone
20,15441.40 %
Black or African American alone
3,6537.50 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
7091.46 %
Asian alone
1230.25 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
470.10 %
Some Other Race alone
20,57542.27 %
Two or More races
3,4187.02 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes

Household Type

Family households
162,92460.47 %
Husband-wife family
57,98235.59 %
Other family
104,94264.41 %
Male householder, no wife present
20,46919.51 %
Female householder, no husband present
84,47380.49 %
Nonfamily households
106,52139.53 %
Householder living alone
91,74086.12 %
Householder not living alone
14,78113.88 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Detroit city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Detroit city center coordinates

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Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Detroit city center


  • Henry Ford Hospital Heliport [1.42 mi] [2.28 km]


  • Chapel Hill Family Life Center [1.75 mi] [2.82 km]
  • City of Detroit Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Medic 2 [2.2 mi] [3.54 km]
  • City of Detroit Fire Department Engine 42 Ladder 21 [2.2 mi] [3.54 km]
  • Richard Library [2.15 mi] [3.46 km]
  • City of Detroit Fire Department Engine 39 [0.75 mi] [1.21 km]
  • City of Detroit Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Medic 1 [0.75 mi] [1.21 km]
  • Detroit North End City Hall [1.36 mi] [2.19 km]
  • Lawton Building [0.85 mi] [1.37 km]
  • City of Detroit Fire Department Engine 23 Squad 3 [3.41 mi] [5.48 km]
  • Precinct 10 Police Station [1.9 mi] [3.06 km]


  • Lutheran Cemetery [3.82 mi] [6.15 km]


  • Beulah First Baptist Church [3.87 mi] [6.23 km]
  • New Canaan Church of God in Christ [2.44 mi] [3.93 km]
  • Oakland Avenue Missionary Baptist Church [2.16 mi] [3.47 km]
  • Messiah Missionary Baptist Church of Detroit [2.29 mi] [3.68 km]
  • Obedient Missionary Baptist Church [2.22 mi] [3.57 km]
  • Union Grace Missionary Baptist Church [1.2 mi] [1.94 km]
  • Divine Inspiration Baptist Church [3.32 mi] [5.34 km]
  • Greater New Light Missionary Baptist Church [0.96 mi] [1.55 km]
  • Faith Deliverance Baptist Church [1.59 mi] [2.56 km]
  • Seth Temple Church of God in Christ [1.8 mi] [2.9 km]
  • Huggins Community African Methodist Episcopal Church [0.87 mi] [1.39 km]
  • Saint Peter's Rock Missionary Baptist Church [1.69 mi] [2.71 km]
  • Mount Charity Baptist Church [1.03 mi] [1.65 km]
  • Promise Land Mission [2.93 mi] [4.72 km]
  • Detroit Baptist Temple [2.62 mi] [4.21 km]
  • Saint Philip's Lutheran Church [1.98 mi] [3.19 km]
  • North End Church of God in Christ [1.71 mi] [2.75 km]
  • Willow Grove Missionary Baptist Church [1.31 mi] [2.12 km]
  • New Saint Peter Baptist Church [0.81 mi] [1.3 km]
  • Third Mission Baptist Church [3.57 mi] [5.74 km]
  • Third New Hope Baptist Church [3.52 mi] [5.67 km]
  • New Corinth Missionary Baptist Church [2.62 mi] [4.22 km]
  • Mount Zion New Covenant Baptist Church [1.31 mi] [2.11 km]
  • God's Word Baptist Church [2.52 mi] [4.06 km]
  • Children's Hope Baptist Church [2.73 mi] [4.39 km]
  • Russell Woods Church of Christ [1.58 mi] [2.55 km]
  • Second Ebenezer Baptist Church [2.27 mi] [3.65 km]
  • Euphrates Missionary Baptist Church [2.85 mi] [4.58 km]
  • Church of God Baptist Church [2.87 mi] [4.63 km]
  • Saint Paul Cumberland Presbyterian Church [1.19 mi] [1.92 km]
  • Broadstreet Presbyterian Church [1.63 mi] [2.63 km]
  • First Glory Baptist Church [1.64 mi] [2.65 km]


  • Ford Hospital [1.42 mi] [2.28 km]
  • Park Community Hospital [1.14 mi] [1.84 km]


  • New Center Place Shopping Center [1.5 mi] [2.41 km]
  • Virginia Park Community Plaza Shopping Center [0.84 mi] [1.36 km]


  • Nardin Park [1.88 mi] [3.02 km]
  • Ford Piquette Plant Historical Marker [2.14 mi] [3.45 km]
  • Fisher Building Historical Marker [1.61 mi] [2.59 km]
  • Saint Hyacinth Catholic Church Historical Marker [3.48 mi] [5.6 km]
  • Litsitz Memorial Playground [0.96 mi] [1.54 km]
  • Callahan Playground [3.48 mi] [5.59 km]
  • Saint Philip's Lutheran Church Historical Marker (historical) [1.98 mi] [3.19 km]
  • Vernor Playground [3.01 mi] [4.84 km]
  • Knox Court Park [1.89 mi] [3.04 km]
  • Packard Motor Car Company Historical Marker (historical) [3.84 mi] [6.18 km]

Post Office

  • Greenfield Post Office (historical) [2.94 mi] [4.73 km]


  • Ruthruff School [2.22 mi] [3.57 km]
  • Thirkell School [1.18 mi] [1.9 km]
  • Saint Agnes School [1.23 mi] [1.97 km]
  • Ross Hill Junior Academy [2.16 mi] [3.48 km]
  • Charles R Drew Attendence Center [3 mi] [4.83 km]
  • Jamieson School [1.18 mi] [1.9 km]
  • Epiphany School [3.37 mi] [5.42 km]
  • Detroit Advantage Academy [3.32 mi] [5.34 km]
  • Mosque-El Hagg School [1.39 mi] [2.24 km]
  • Saint Hyacinth School [3.47 mi] [5.59 km]
  • God's Way Academy [1.94 mi] [3.12 km]
  • Saint Phillips Head Start [1.73 mi] [2.79 km]
  • Parker School [3.51 mi] [5.64 km]
  • Ferry School [3.24 mi] [5.21 km]
  • Fairbanks School [1.19 mi] [1.92 km]
  • Brady School [0.91 mi] [1.46 km]
  • Saint Stanislaus School [2.92 mi] [4.7 km]
  • Y Gladys Barsamian Preparatory Center [1.49 mi] [2.39 km]
  • Saint Cecilia School [2.05 mi] [3.3 km]
  • Palmer School [1.88 mi] [3.02 km]
  • McKerrow School [1.65 mi] [2.66 km]
  • John Deiter Trainable Center [1.66 mi] [2.67 km]
  • Keidan School [1.47 mi] [2.37 km]
  • Cornerstone School West [0.75 mi] [1.2 km]
  • Tappan School [2.26 mi] [3.63 km]
  • Hutchins School [0.67 mi] [1.08 km]
  • Sacred Heart Seminary [0.71 mi] [1.14 km]
  • Sanders School [0.81 mi] [1.31 km]
  • Clinton Street Greater Bethlehem Temple [0.84 mi] [1.35 km]
  • Bethlehem School [0.79 mi] [1.28 km]
  • Sacred Heart Major Seminary [0.67 mi] [1.08 km]
  • Oakman School [3.54 mi] [5.7 km]
  • Greusel School [3.38 mi] [5.44 km]
  • Detroit Academy for Science Technology and Mathematics [1.27 mi] [2.04 km]
  • Detroit Academy of Science Math and Technology [1.3 mi] [2.1 km]
  • Keidan School [1.14 mi] [1.83 km]
  • Crosman School [0.65 mi] [1.05 km]
  • Winterhalter Elementary School [1.65 mi] [2.65 km]
  • Foreign Language Immersion School [1.91 mi] [3.07 km]
  • Breitmeyer School [1.92 mi] [3.1 km]


  • WDTR-FM (Detroit) [0.88 mi] [1.41 km]

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City Alias ZIP Codes
DetroitBank Of America48279
DetroitChase Bank48278, 48277
DetroitChrysler Corporation48288
DetroitComerica48267, 48255
DetroitComerica Incorporated48275, 48264
DetroitDetroit48255, 48244, 48243, 48231, 48238, 48227, 48228, 48234, 48233, 48232, 48235, 48260, 48279, 48278, 48277, 48275, 48272, 48269, 48268, 48267, 48266, 48265, 48264, 48226, 48224, 48219, 48204, 48217, 48216, 48208, 48214, 48213, 48288, 48211, 48210, 48207, 48206, 48205, 48201, 48223, 48222, 48221, 48202, 48209, 48242, 48215
DetroitDetroit River Station48222
DetroitDte Energy48268
DetroitDte Energy Brm48269
DetroitGeneral Motors48265
DetroitGrosse Pointe48224, 48215
DetroitGrosse Pointe Park48215, 48224
DetroitKelly Services Inc48266
DetroitRemittance Contest48272
EastpointeEast Detroit48021
Grosse PointeDetroit48230, 48236
Harper WoodsDetroit48225
Highland ParkDetroit48203
Oak ParkDetroit48237
RedfordDetroit48239, 48240
River RougeDetroit48218

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