Detroit is home to the big names in automobile sector, such as Ford, General Motors, Dodge, Chrysler, and many others. This city has contributed remarkably to the music scene in the United States. The Motown sound was born here. The Motown has a lot of firsts: the first to construct a freeway, the first to have installed a paved road, and the first to establish traffic lights. The city has tremendous sports enthusiasts as well. It is home to basket, baseball, hockey and football teams. Detroit is well-known also for its cultural riches and top-class attractions, from museums, heritage sites, and outdoor activities to shopping, music, and nightlife scene. Read on a few fast facts on the Automotive Capital of the World:
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Detroit Demographic and Geographical Fast Facts
-Detroit is the most populous city in Michigan.
-Detroit is the largest city on the US–Canada border.
-Detroit is the seat of Wayne County.
-Detroit in the major city in Southeast Michigan and Metro Detroit.
-Detroit is a chief port on the Detroit River, a strait connecting the Great Lakes region to the Saint Lawrence Seaway.
-The Detroit River is a strait, not a river.
-The highest elevation in Detroit is at a height of 675 to 680 feet.
-It has four border crossings.
-The ethnic composition of Detroit includes Black or African American-82.7%, White- 10.6%, other races- 3%, Asian-1.1%, two or more races-2.2%, American Indian-0.4%, and Pacific Islander-0.02%.
-Detroit has a major immigrant population of Mexicans, Greeks and black.
Detroit History Fast Facts
-Antoine de Mothe Cadillac founded Detroit in 1701 on the banks of Detroit River.
-It was the capital of Michigan from 1805 to 1847.
-In 1815, Detroit was established as a city.
-Henry Ford founded the automobile industry in 1903.
-Detroit was referred as the “Arsenal of Democracy” during WWII by President Franklin Roosevelt.
-The first pave concrete road was installed in Detroit, on the Woodward Avenue in 1909.
-In 1942, the country’s first urban freeway-the Davison was built.
-In 1957, Berry Gordy Jr. founded the Motown sound in Detroit.
-The first black mayor of Detroit was Coleman A. Young, elected in 1973.
-In 1977, the Renaissance Center was opened to increase investment in the city.
-Historic flooding took place on August 11, 2014.
Detroit Government and Economy Fast Facts
-Detroit is governed in accordance to the Home Rule Charter of the City of Detroit.
-Detroit has a mayor-council form of government.
-In 1825, the economic rise started with the Erie Canal development.
-Detroit is the third largest economic zone in the Midwest.
-In Detroit, many corporations are based, along with the three Fortune 500 companies.
-The city’s new residents are young professionals having bachelor degree.
-Detroit is the largest city in the United States offering casino resort hotels.
Detroit Important and Interesting Fast Facts
-Detroit has been nicknamed as the Motown, City of Champions, the D, Rock City, the 313, the Renaissance City, the Hockeytown, and the Motor City.
-Detroit is also known as the “Automobile Capital”.
-The Marriott Hotel at the Renaissance Center was established in 1977, and was the world’s tallest hotel. In the United States, this hotel is still the tallest.
-The largest free jazz festival in the world is held in Detroit.
-The city hosts the Movement: Electronic Music Festival.
-It is among the largest theater districts in the nation with more than 13,000 theater seats.
-The D is a great sports city with the Detroit Lions, the Detroit Pistons, the Detroit Red Wings, and the Detroit Tigers sports teams.
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his first speech- “I Have A Dream” in Detroit.
-Detroit was the foremost city in the country to allocate individual telephone numbers back in 1879.
-The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit is the largest museum of its sort in the world.
-In 1863, James Vernor devised the country’s first soda-Vernors in Detroit.
-The only floating post office in the world, the J.W. Westcott II is in Detroit.
-Detroit, on the basis of consumption, is the potato chip capital of the world.
-Two thousand fourteen is the 313th birthday of the 313, which is the area code of Detroit.
-The two major daily newspapers of Detroit are the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press.