[[caption-width-right:300:''[[VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution It's not the end of the world, but you can see it from here]]."]]

->"''When you hurt, we hurt''\\
''Your streets witness our struggle''\\
''Your bricks show are our rage through the emptiness of each house shuttered, of each factory closed''\\
''We've lived through the ups and the downs''\\
''But we remain, Detroit''\\
''We can never turn our backs on you Detroit, because we are you''"
-->-- '''Music/{{Eminem}}''', "Letter to Detroit"

'''Detroit''' is the Motor City. Although much diminished from its 1920s-60s heyday, it remains the largest city in the State of UsefulNotes/{{Michigan}} and the focal point of the Great Lakes State's main population center (with a metropolitan population of 4.3 million, or slightly less than half the total state population of 9.9 million) and economic engine.

The Detroit area is the center of America's automotive industry. Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler have headquarters there and it is known as the "Motor City" for this very reason.[[note]]Ford and Chrysler's headquarters are actually located in nearby Dearborn and Auburn Hills, respectively, and while General Motors maintains a large plant and its corporate headquarters within the city, its main research and development campus is in neighboring Warren.[[/note]] Its most recognizable structure is the Renaissance Center.

It is geographically notable for a few reasons. Despite being separated from Windsor, Ontario by the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair, it features the busiest U.S.-Canada border crossing -- the Ambassador Bridge. It is also the only place in the contiguous 48 States where Canada is ''south'' of the U.S., since Windsor juts out to the west just so. Detroit itself is surrounded by smaller independent municipalities, who form the Metro Detroit area. With both a Spanish Creator/{{Univision}} station in Detroit and (until it was shut down in 2012) a Creator/{{CBC}} tower in Windsor rebroadcasting the main Francophone feed from [[UsefulNotes/{{Montreal}} Montréal]], it was for many years the only area in North America where you can watch free-to-air TV in three languages.[[note]]Providence, Rhode Island now has English, Spanish, and Portuguese stations, and UsefulNotes/LosAngeles has English, Spanish and Japanese language stations.[[/note]]

The Metro Detroit area is home to a myriad cultures and ethnicities, including one of the largest Arab populations in North America, centered in Dearborn (with a sizable [[UsefulNotes/{{Lebanon}} Lebanese]] outpost in West Bloomfield -- where they get along rather interestingly with the large Jewish population - and the world's biggest Iraqi Catholic population outside Iraq, centered in the northeast exurbs of Utica and Shelby Township, where they get along rather interestingly with the existing predominance of Albanians and Macedonians). It is also very economically and racially-segregated, with poorer minorities living in the city, the white working-class in the eastern suburbs, and the predominantly white, Indian American, and Asian American upper-middle-class in the northwestern suburbs/exurbs and the Pointes just east of the city proper. The Metro Detroit area is [[UrbanSegregation one of the most racially segregated in the nation]].

Detroit is also known as "Hockeytown" due to the [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague Detroit Red Wings]] being a perennial [[UsefulNotes/TheStanleyCup Stanley Cup]] contender. Other, less flattering nicknames include "Murder City" and variations on such, as Detroit has one of the least-flattering public images of any major city in the country. The decline of the American auto industry in the [[TheSeventies 1970s]], combined with simmering racial, economic, and labor tensions, have made it the poster child for, and butt of many jokes about, [[WretchedHive urban decay and inner-city squalor]] for much of America. Detroit has lost 60% of its peak population since 1950 (from 1.8 million to less than 700,000). For decades, mentions of Detroit in the national media and pop culture have typically referred to it as a PlaceWorseThanDeath, and the crumbling ruins of some of its more destitute neighborhoods have honestly been described as looking [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]]. This tends to seriously annoy Detroiters, who feel that the city's bad reputation is making it harder to revitalize. They also feel that many of the jokes are tired, clichéd, and lazy. The city filed for bankruptcy in 2013, becoming the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history. Since the bankruptcy, the city's finances are much more stable, and there are a number of projects for growth across the city (especially in Downtown and Midtown). That being said, city redevelopment can be a slow process, as the experiences of many other cities in the U.S. can tell.

'''Films set in Detroit or its nearby communities:'''
* ''{{Theatre/Dreamgirls}}'' (following the famous Creator/{{Motown}} music label and genre; the play is based in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, but the movie places it in Detroit to make it closer its inspiration).
* ''Film/FourBrothers''
* ''Franchise/RoboCop''
* ''Collision Course''
* ''[[Film/EightMile 8 Mile]]''
* ''Film/DetroitRockCity''
* ''Film/GrossePointeBlank'' (Grosse Pointe)
* ''Film/MaxKeeblesBigMove'' (Robe briefly referred to it, although he mixed it up with Chicago).
* ''Film/OutOfSight'' (based on the novel by beloved Detroit resident Creator/ElmoreLeonard)
* ''The Upside of Anger'' (Bloomfield Hills)
* ''Film/GranTorino'' (Highland Park)
* ''Film/TheCrow''
* ''{{Film/Sparkle}}'' (the remake takes place in Detroit of the [[TheSixties 1960s]])
* ''Film/BrickMansions'' (the English remake of ''Film/{{Banlieue 13}}'')
* ''Film/OnlyLoversLeftAlive'': one of the vampire characters lives here, both for its music scene and because its relative desolation allows him to be left alone.
* ''Film/ItFollows'': the protagonists live in the well-to-do suburbs, and venture into the decrepit inner city for a number of scenes. Yara remarks about the racial and economic divide, reminiscing on how, when she was younger, her parents wouldn't let her travel south of 8 Mile Road, even to go to the state fair. The large body of water seen several times in the movie is not the ocean, but Lake Erie.
* ''Film/TheVirginSuicides'' is also set in Grosse Pointe. Jeffrey Eugenides' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel ''Literature/{{Middlesex}}'' is also set in Detroit.
* ''Film/{{Detroit}}'' takes place during the infamous 1967 12th Street riot, specifically focusing on the Algiers Hotel Incident where three black teenagers were beaten and killed by Detroit police under suspicious circumstances.

'''TV shows set in Detroit:'''
* ''[[Series/{{Detroit187}} Detroit 1-8-7]]''
* ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' ([[CaliforniaDoubling faked-up Clinton Township]])
* ''Series/EightSimpleRules''
* ''Series/GoodGirls''
* ''Series/HardcorePawn''
* ''Series/HomeImprovement'' (Royal Oak)
* ''Series/RoboCopTheSeries''
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''
* ''Series/{{Martin}}''
* ''Series/SisterSister''
* ''Series/{{Hung}}'' (shot in West Bloomfield)
* ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob''
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}''
* ''Series/LowWinterSun''
* ''Series/{{Undateable}}''

'''Musical acts from Detroit:'''
* Music/{{Aaliyah}}
* Music/AliceCooper
* Music/ArethaFranklin
* The "Belleville Three", Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson, considered the creators of techno music
* Music/BigSean
* Music/TheBlackDahliaMurder
* Music/BobSeger
* Music/{{Champtown}}
* Music/DannyBrown
* Music/{{Dice}}
* The Dirtbombs
* Music/{{Eminem}} (born in Saint Joseph, Missouri, though he spent most of his life in nearby Warren, and currently lives in another suburb, Rochester Hills)
* Music/{{Esham}} (born in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity; formed the Detroit-based rap label, Creator/ReelLifeProductions)
** Music/{{Natas}}
* Music/HouseOfKrazees
** Music/{{ROC}}
** Music/{{Twiztid}}, a duo consisting of Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child, who were both in House of Krazees.
* Music/KidRock
* The Music/{{MC5}}, even referenced in "Motor City Is Burning" from ''Music/KickOutTheJams''.
* Music/{{Madonna}} (born in Bay City [116 miles to the north], but raised in Rochester Hills, a suburb in Oakland County)
* Most of the [[Creator/{{Motown}} Motown Records]] artists in the 1960s and 1970s, including but not limited to the Four Tops, the Temptations, Diana Ross and Music/TheSupremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.
* Music/TedNugent
* Saprogenic
* Music/IggyPop and Music/TheStooges: Mostly associated with [[StrawmanU Ann Arbor]], but definitely part of the Detroit protopunk scene in the late '60s.
* Creator/PsychopathicRecords artists Music/InsaneClownPosse, [[Music/AnybodyKilla ABK]], Music/BigHoodoo, Music/BlazeYaDeadHomie and Music/ZugIzland.
* [[Music/{{Rodriguez}} Sixto Rodriguez]] (subject of the Oscar winning documentary, ''Film/SearchingForSugarMan'')
* Mitch Ryder
* Uncle Kracker
* Music/TheWhiteStripes
* Anita Baker (born in UsefulNotes/ToledoOhio but raised in Detroit, started her music career there, and currently lives in Grosse Pointe).

'''Professional Wrestlers from Detroit''':
* Wrestling/BruiserBrody
* Wrestling/KevinNash
* Wrestling/{{Sabu}}
* Wrestling/GeorgeSteele (Madison Heights)
* Rick and Wrestling/ScottSteiner (Bay City)
* Alex Shelley is from Detroit. For a while, he teamed up with Chris Sabin (who's from Pickney) as the "Motor City Machine Guns."

'''Celebrities from Detroit:'''
* NerdsAreSexy poster girl Creator/JudyGreer (Livonia)
* Creator/BruceCampbell (Royal Oak; attended school with...)
* Creator/SamRaimi (Royal Oak)
* Creator/TimAllen (Birmingham)
* ManOfAThousandVoices Creator/RobPaulsen (Livonia)
* Creator/CaseyKasem
* Creator/RichardKiel
* S. Epatha Merkerson, a.k.a. [[Series/LawAndOrder Lt. Anita Van Buren]]
* [[Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys George]] [[Series/TheATeam Peppard]]
* Creator/TomSelleck
* Creator/JKSimmons (Grosse Pointe)
* Frequent death threat recipient Creator/MichaelMoore isn't from Detroit. He's from Davison, a suburb of Flint, which is 66 miles from Detroit. It's only a part of the Motor City if you inflate Metro Detroit or use "Detroit" as a metonym for the auto industry. To his credit, Moore never claimed to be from Detroit; he claimed to be from Flint. Considering that before 2015 hardly anybody knew about Flint, you can sort of give him a pass.
* Creator/KristenBell (Huntington Woods)
* Creator/LilyTomlin
* John Witherspoon
* [[Series/InLivingColor David Alan Grier]]
* Creator/KeeganMichaelKey
* "Dr. Death", Jack Kevorkian, famously portrayed by Creator/AlPacino in HBO's ''You Don't Know Jack''.
* Mitch Albom, sportswriter for the ''Detroit Free Press'' who moonlights as an author, most notably ''Literature/TuesdaysWithMorrie''.
* Creator/RobinWilliams spent about half his youth in Bloomfield Hills (his dad was an exec at Ford) and half in NewAgeRetroHippie country, Marin County, California.
* [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Gilda Radner]]
* [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents Butch]] [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Hart]][[WesternAnimation/TuffPuppy man]] (Highland Park)
* Creator/ChrisSavino was raised in Royal Oak and used the city as the main inspiration for his show ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse''.
* Creator/MichelleRuff
* Jim Benton, creator of ''It's Happy Bunny'' (Bloomfield Township)
* He may not sound like it, but James Lipton, host of ''Inside the Actors Studio'' was born and raised in Detroit.
* Tom Hulce (Plymouth). Famous for playing [[Film/AnimalHouse Pinto]], [[Film/{{Amadeus}} Mozart]], and [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Quasimodo]].
* Mitt Romney was born in Detroit and raised in Bloomfield Hills. His father, George Romney, was president of the American Motors Corporation;[[note]]though AMC was headquartered in Southfield, its main assembly plants were in Kenosha, Wisconsin.[[/note]] the elder Romney was also a Republican Governor of Michigan in the '60s, and was a vocal supporter of the UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement and of equality for blacks within the LDS Church, and [[GenerationXerox a candidate for President]] in 1968.[[note]]He was defeated in the primary by UsefulNotes/RichardNixon.[[/note]]
* Grant Achatz, a [[CordonBleughChef Molecular]] [[SupremeChef Gastronomist]] chef, currently based out of Chicago, who got his start in cooking with his family's chain of kosher pie restaurants in Oakland County.
* Creator/MaryLynnRajskub (raised in Trenton).
* Ben Carson: Neurosurgeon, Republican politician, and as of 2017, United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Moved to Baltimore to work at Johns Hopkins University Hospital; currently a resident of Florida.