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Detroit Population


Detroit is the largest and most populous city in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is located on the Detroit River that connect the St. Clair and Lake Erie in Michigan opposite neighbouring Canadian city Windsor by a bridge and a tunnel. The French word Detroit meaning "strait", also mean that a narrow passage connecting two large areas of water streams or seas. Detroit population in 2021 is estimated to be 664,470, Today making city the 23rd most populous city in the United States. It was founded in 1701 by Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, a French trader in honour of his patron, who built a fort on the river and named it Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit, later the British named and called with a simple term called Detroit. In the 20th century the city's name became popular due to the automotive industry.

YearPopulationChange %
2020 *667,351-0.40
2021 *664,470-0.43
Source : Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2019

Detroit city UN Urban Agglomeration Population Prospects - 1950 to 1935
YearDetroit Population
Source:, 1950 to 1935 Detroit city Population(UA)

Metro Detroit, The metropolitan area, is home to 3.5 million people, making it the second largest in the Midwest after the Chicago metropolitan area.

Detroit Size and Population

Detroit population in 2020 is estimated to be 667,351, According to 2019 US Census estimates 47.3% are Male, 52.7% are Female, Sex ratio 89.6 males per 100 females, 7.3% are under 5 years 74.9% are 18 years and over, 13.3% are 65 years and over. Count-wise 319,999 are Male, 357,156 are Female, 49,366 are under 5 years, 507,389 are 18 years and over, 90,017 are 65 years and over.

Detroit Citizen, Voting age population
483,907 Citizen, 18 and over population, 222,921 are Male voters and 260,986 are Female voters, percentage wise 46.1% are Male and 53.9% are Female.

Languages spoken in Detroit

551,188 speak English only, 75,867 speak Language other than English out of these 44,669 speak Spanish, 10,169 speak other Indo-European languages, 2,691 speak Asian and Pacific Islander languages and 18,338 speak other languages.

Ethnic groups

Detroit population by race are 98,534 are White, 532537 are Black or African American, 2,285 are American Indian and Alaska Native, 170 are Cherokee tribal grouping, 597 are Chippewa tribal grouping, 10,659 are Asian out of these 4,537 are Asian Indian, 875 are Chinese, 365 are Filipino, 132 are Japanese, 446 are Korean, 142 are Vietnamese and 4,162 are other Asian. 185 are Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander out of these 37 are Native Hawaiian, 98 are Guamanian or Chamorro, 6 are Samoan and 44 are other Pacific Islander. 51,509 are Hispanic or Latino of any race out of these 39,666 are Mexican, 6,400 are Puerto Rican, 498 are Cuban and 4,945 are other Hispanic/Latino.

Detroit population by Ancestry are 35,696 are American, 254 are Czech, 114 are Danish, 1,115 are Dutch, 4,953 are English, 2,771 are French (except Basque), 1434 are French Canadian, 11,351 are German, 506 are Greek, 744 are Hungarian, 8,096 are Irish, 3,951 are Italian, 407 are Lithuanian, 549 are Norwegian, 6,991 are Polish, 29 are Portuguese, 950 are Russian, 501 are Scotch-Irish, 2,436 are Scottish, 91 are Slovak, 16,178 are Arab, 11,284 are Subsaharan African, 730 are Swedish, 26 are Swiss, 190 are Ukrainian, 749 are Welsh and 3,298 are West Indian (excluding Hispanic origin groups).

Detroit History

Detroit was incorporated as a village in 1802 and became the seat of government when it was formed from the Northwest Territory in 1805. Detroit achieved the city status in 1815 and was the state capital from the time of Michigan's admission to the Union in 1837 until 1847, when Lansing was made capital. Detroit remained largely a commercial location for surrounding agricultural land until the year 1870. Detroit was an immigrant city by 1880 with over 116,000 people, when manufacturing industries began to dominate and the emergence of automobile industries at the start of the 20th century. Detroit is known as the "Motor City", The name started due to the huge auto industries in the early 1900s. Henry Ford was the first person ever to develop an automobile. The Ford Motor Company introduced the 40 hour work for the week in 1922 which made Detroit a very appealing city to migrating Americans. Detroit was not only major auto industry but also has other manufacturing industries like metal crafts, railcars and copper.

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