Detroit is a city in Wayne County in the state of Michigan, in the Midwest region of the United States. Established in 1701 by French fur traders, today it is best known as the world's automotive center and an important music capital — legacies celebrated by the city's two familiar nicknames, Motor City and Motown.
Located along the Detroit River — détroit is French for strait — and across from the Canadian city of Windsor, Ontario, the city is the seat of Wayne County and the center of a tri-county industrial zone (including Oakland and Macomb counties) that is among the most significant in the American Rust Belt. The Interstate 75 corridor running through Oakland County has been nicknamed by civic leaders as Automation Alley.
Detroit is the United States' 11th most populous city, with 911,000 residents in 2003, according to United States Census Bureau estimates.
"Detroit" is sometimes used as shorthand for the Metro Detroit region, which is also unofficially referred to as "Southeast Michigan." Residents are generally known as "Detroiters."
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