Detroit is the largest and most populous city in the US state of Michigan, the largest US city on the United States–Canada border, and the seat of Wayne County. The metropolitan area, known as Metro Detroit, is home to 4.3 million people, making it the second-largest in the Midwest after the Chicago metro area and 14th-largest in the United States.
Regarded as an important cultural center, Detroit is known for its contributions to music and as a repository for art, architecture, and design, along with its historical automotive background.
In the US state of Michigan, the city of Detroit has gone through a significant economic and demographic decline in recent decades. The city’s population has fallen from a high of 1,850,000 in 1950 to 680,000 in 2015, removing it from the top 20 of US cities by population for the first time since 1850.
Local crime rates are among the highest in the United States (despite this, the overall crime rate in the city has seen a decline during the 21st century), and vast areas of the city are in a state of severe urban decay.
In 2013, Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy case in US history, which it successfully exited on December 10, 2014. Poverty, crime, shootings, drugs, and urban blight in Detroit are ongoing problems.
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