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Detroit Michigan
Full nameDetroit
Official nameDetroit
Native name langfr
Settlement typeCity
Motto"Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus"
(Latin for, "We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes")
Country:United States
MayorDave Bing
City CouncilMembers
Charles Pugh � Council President
Gary Brown � Council President Pro-Tem
JoAnn Watson
Kenneth Cockrel, Jr.
Saunteel Jenkins
Andre Spivey
James Tate
Brenda Jones
Kwame Kenyatta
Total Area143.0 sq mi (370.4 km2)
Land Area138.8 sq mi (359.5 km2)
Water Area4.2 sq mi (10.9 km2)
Urban Area1295 sq mi (3354.1 km2)
Metro Area3913 sq mi (10134.7 km2)
Elevation600 ft (182.9 m)
Total Population713777 (18th in U.S.) (2010)
Urban (pop.)3863924
Metro (pop.)4296250
Other information
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
- Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
Area code313
FIPS code26-22000 
GNIS feature ID1617959
Major airportDetroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)

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Detroit (-endiˈtrɔɪtpron) is the largest city in the state of Michigan and the seat of Wayne County. Detroit is a major port city on the Detroit River, in the Midwestern United States. It was founded on July 24, 1701, by the French explorer, adventurer, and nobleman Antoine de la Mothe, sieur de Cadillac. Its name originates from the French word détroit (-frdetʁwapronDetroit for strait, in reference to its location on the river connecting the Great Lakes.

Known as the world's traditional automotive center, "Detroit" is a metonym for the American automobile industry and an important source of popular music legacies celebrated by the city's two familiar nicknames, the Motor City and Motown. Other nicknames emerged in the 20th century, including City of Champions beginning in the 1930s for its successes in individual and team sport, Arsenal of Democracy (during World War II), The D, D-Town, Hockeytown (a trademark owned by the city's NHL club, the Red Wings), Rock City (after the Kiss song "Detroit Rock City"), and The 3 � 1 � 3 (its telephone area code). There have been six ships of the United States Navy named after the city, including USS Detroit (LCS-7).

In 2010, the city had a population of 713,777 and ranked as the 18th most populous city in the United States. At its peak in 1950, the city was the fifth-largest in the U.S.A., but has since seen a major shift in its population to the suburbs. Between 2000 and 2010, the city's population declined by 25%. Among major American cities during the decade, only New Orleans experienced a greater decrease by percentage.

The name Detroit sometimes refers to the Metro Detroit area, a sprawling region with a population of 4,296,250 for the Metropolitan Statistical Area, making it the U.S.A.'s eleventh-largest, and a population of 5,218,852 for the nine-county Combined Statistical Area as of the 2010 Census Bureau estimates. The Detroit � Windsor area, a critical commercial link straddling the Canada � U.S. border, has a total population of about 5,700,000.

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