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Country: United States   State: Michigan   County: Wayne

Founded - 1701,  Incorporation - 1806

Government
- Type Mayor-Council
- Mayor Dave Bing (D)
- City Council Members' List[show]
• Charles Pugh - Council President
• Gary Brown - Council President Pro-Tem
• JoAnn Watson
• Kenneth V. Cockrel, Jr.
• Saunteel Jenkins
• Andre Spivery
• James Tate
• Brenda Jones
• Kwame Kenyatta

Area
- City 143.0 sq mi (370.4 km2)
- Land 138.8 sq mi (359.5 km2)
- Water 4.2 sq mi (10.9 km2)
- Urban 1,295 sq mi (3,354 km2)
- Metro 3,913 sq mi (10,134.6 km2)
Elevation [1] 600 ft (183 m)
Population (2008)[2]
- City 912,062
- Density 6,571.0/sq mi (2,537.1/km2)
- Urban 3,903,377
- Metro 4,425,110
- CSA 5,354,225
- Demonym Detroiter
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
- Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 313
FIPS code 26-22000 [3]
GNIS feature ID 1617959 [1]
Major airport Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)




Historical populations

Census    City population
1820       1,422
1830       2,222
1840       9,102
1850       21,019
1860       45,619
1870       79,577
1880       116,340
1890       205,877 
1900       285,704
1910       465,766
1920       993,678
1930       1,568,662 
1940       1,623,452
1950       1,849,568
1960       1,670,144
1970       1,514,063
1980       1,203,368
1990       1,027,974
2000       951,270
2008*     912,062




Odds and Ends

Detroit is north of Canada
shares the world’s first auto traffic tunnel between two nations – the Detroit/Windsor Tunnel




is home to the world’s only floating post office, the J.W. Westcott II, can be found on the Detroit River



the nation's first soda — Vernors — created in Detroit by pharmacist James Vernor in 1862. Detroit is also home to Sanders hot fudge, Better Made Potato Chips, Faygo soda pop, Stroh’s Ice Cream

has the most registered bowlers in the United States


Top Ten Largest Employers in the Detroit Region

Ford Motor Co.
General Motors
University of Michigan 
Chrysler LLC
Detroit Public Schools
U.S. Postal Service
U.S. Government
Henry Ford Health Services
St. John Health System
City of Detroit

Keys to the City

Five people have been awarded the key to the city of Detroit: actor James Earl Jones, neurosurgeon Benjamin Carson, football star Jerome Bettis, businessman and sports team owner Chris Ilitch, and — in 1980, in recognition of large donations to a church — former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.






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