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Detroit

Detroit (pronounced /dɪˈtrɔɪt/) (French: Détroit, meaning "strait"[5], pronounced [detʁwa]) is the largest city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the seat of Wayne County. Detroit is a major port city on the Detroit River, in the Midwest region of the United States. Located north of Windsor, Ontario, Detroit is the only major[6] U.S. city that looks south to Canada. It was founded in 1701 by the Frenchman Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac.

It is 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.[7][8] Other nicknames emerged in the twentieth century, including Rock City, Arsenal of Democracy (during World War II),[9] The D, D-Town, Hockeytown, and The 3-1-3 (its telephone area code).[10]

In 2007, Detroit ranked as the United States' eleventh most populous city, with 916,952 residents.[11] At its peak, the city was the fourth largest in the country, but since 1950 the city has seen a major shift in its population to the suburbs.

The name Detroit sometimes refers to the Metro Detroit area, a sprawling region with a population of 4,467,592[12] for the Metropolitan Statistical Area, making it the nation's eleventh-largest, and a population of 5,405,918[13] for the nine-county Combined Statistical Area as of the 2007 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.[14]


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