Living in Detroit, MI
Detroit at Night
Spirit of Detroit Statue
Perhaps best known as the Automotive Capital of the World, Detroit always played a key role as a hub of transportation–from freeways to railways to waterways as well as access to the Underground Railroad and the US-Canadian border–but that reputation grew in 1903 when resident Henry Ford and other automotive pioneers began manufacturing their products in the city. Thanks to these revolutionizing contributions, this industrialized city earned the moniker Motor City.
The 11th largest metropolitan area in the United States, this urban city provides a critical link to Canada via the Ambassador Bridge, the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, the Michigan Central Railway Tunnel and the Detroit-Windsor Truck Ferry, all of which connect Michigan’s Detroit with Ontario’s Windsor.
Located along the Detroit River near the Great Lakes, this large metro region contains almost half of the state’s population. The city of Detroit itself, however, has experienced a decrease in population as business and people have begun spreading out into the surrounding suburbs and towns. The D is broken into six main districts including Downtown, Midtown and West Side, home to the infamous 8 Mile.
Some of the oldest parts of the city feature a number of buildings and homes on the National Register of Historic Places, although you can see a wide variety of architecture showcased throughout Detroit. In fact, Detroit has so many significant monuments, landmarks, fountain and sculptures that it is known by some as the Renaissance City.
Aside from impressive industrial and urban developments, Detroit has also made huge contributions to the music industry thanks to the famous Motown Records having its roots here–gaining the familiar nicknames Motown and Rock City in the process. Additionally, the economic base of the city is strong, especially for those in the automobile, music or commerce and global trade industries.