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"The Motor City," "Motown"

Detroit is a city in Wayne County.

It is the county seat.

The community name derives from French for "strait."

The latitude of Detroit is 42.331N. The longitude is -83.045W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 600 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 911,402.


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Median household income
Local
$29,526
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Detroit demographic reports
Detroit is on the Detroit River.
Former and merged names include:
· Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit
· Teuchsa Grondie
· Tsychsardonia
· Waweatunong
· Yondotiga
Detroit was founded by trader Antoine Laumet de la Mothe Cadillac in 1701.

The city boomed with the advent of the auto industry and declined with white flight after World War II.

The community was known as the nation's murder capital in the mid-1980s, the city has focused on rebuilding its economic base; recent projects have included construction of stadiums and casinos.

The millions of tons of freight shipping in and out of this port city include iron ore, coal, stone, steel and cement.

Magician Harry Houdini died here on Halloween in 1926, after collapsing during his opening-night performance. He had suffered a ruptured appendix after being punched in the stomach several days earlier.
Public transportation: DDOT (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 18,724. The number of murders and homicides was 366. The violent crime rate was 20.2 per 1,000 people.
Ranked second most dangerous city in America 2005, by Morgan Quitno Press
Drinks: Vernors Ginger Ale
Filming location for:
· 1984 movie, "Beverly Hills Cop"
· 1992 movie, "Hoffa"
· 2004 movie, "Against the Ropes"
· 1998 movie, "Out of Sight"
· 2005 movie, "Assault on Precinct 13"
Setting for 2002 movie, "8 Mile"
Census 2000 highlights: Tenth largest city in the U.S., by population; among major American cities, ranked No. 2 in percentage black population (81.6%)
Well-known residents have included:
· Eminem, rap star
· Diana Ross, singer
· Aretha Franklin, singer
· Joe Louis, fighter
· Gilda Radner, comedian
· Suzi Quatro, rock musician
· Sippy Wallace, blues musician
Local bands (past and present) have included Temptations, Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Four Tops, Martha and the Vandellas
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Michigan State Fair - Aug. 22-Sept. 3, 2007
  • International Jazz Festival - Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2007
  • Festival of the Arts - June 8-10, 2007
  • Motown Winter Blast - Feb. 9-11, 2007
  • African World Festival - Aug. 17-19, 2007
Dates often change. Check Detroit web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Michigan Opera, Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Belle Isle
Detroit attractions: Detroit Zoo, Eastern Market, casinos
Sports teams: Tigers (AL), Lions (NFL), Pistons (NBA), Red Wings (NHL), Shock (WNBA)
Historic sites and museums: Detroit Institute of Art, Museum of African American History, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit Historical Museum, Motown Historical Museum
Archives: Burton Historical Collection
Colleges and universities: Wayne State University, University of Detroit Mercy, Marygrove College, Center for Creative Studies - College of Art and Design, Lewis College of Business
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 92
Pronunciations: The island near downtown, Belle Isle, is pronounced "bell eye-ell; the island downriver, Grosse Ile, is "eel." Locals are Detroiters
Quotes:
At one time this neighborhood had been his entire world, bounded on the north by the tire factory and its great, dangerous parking lots, and on the east by Grand Boulevard, and on the west by Lincoln Park; the southern end of the neighborhood just dwindled off into a twilight of street after street of ordinary shabby houses.
-- Shame
Joyce Carol Oates
Songs:
· "Detroit City"

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Neighborhoods in Detroit include Boston-Edison, Brush Park, Chandler Park, Conant Gardens, Corktown, Cultural Center, Eastern Market, Greektown, Hubbard-Richard, Indian Village ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Detroit include Boston-Edison, Brush Park, Chandler Park, Conant Gardens, Corktown, Cultural Center, Eastern Market, Greektown, Hubbard-Richard, Indian Village ... More neighborhood info

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Detroit demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Wayne County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Detroit area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 48205 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

2% of Detroit residents report German ancestry, and 2% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Detroit ancestry & family history guide.

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Recommendations: Kings Books; the Diego Rivera mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts; tiles from Pewabic Pottery

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Detroit was $14,717, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

11% of Detroit residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

Entertainment
Environment
Fairs, festivals & other events
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Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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Geocaching & geography
Gifts & collectibles
Government
Guides to Detroit
Health
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Historical societies
History

Historic districts in Detroit include Arden Park-East Boston Historic District, Belle Isle, Boston-Edison Historic District, Corktown Historic District, Cultural Center Historic District, East Ferry Avenue Historic District, Eastern Market Historic District, Fort Wayne, Grand Circus Park Historic District, Greektown Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Detroit, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $383.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $769.


Jobs
Libraries

Libraries in Detroit include Bowen Branch Library, Campbell Annex, Chandler Park Branch Library, Chaney Branch Library, Chase Branch Library, Conely Branch Library, Detroit Public Library, Duffield Branch Library, Edison Branch Library, Elmwood Park Branch Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Detroit include Detroit Free Press, Detroit News

TV stations in Detroit include WDIV, WDWB, WJBK, WKBD, WTVS, WWJ, WXYZ.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WDET-FM.

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Politics

Wayne County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Detroit political report.

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Religion
Restaurants

Detroit restaurants taking online reservations include Andiamo - Riverfront, Seldom Blues Play Here, Sweet Georgia Brown - Detroit, The Rattlesnake Club ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Detroit workers is 28 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 411 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Detroit between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 4.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly higher than the national norm.

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“ At one time this neighborhood had been his entire world, bounded on the north by the tire factory and its great, dangerous parking lots, and on the east by Grand Boulevard, and on the west by Lincoln Park; the southern end of the neighborhood just dwindled off into a twilight of street after street of ordinary shabby houses. ”
~ Shame
Joyce Carol Oates

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