Detroit, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


Detroit Local Links & Resources:
Hotels | Resources | ALL Detroit Content

Also See: Detroit, MI ZIP Codes & ZIP Code Maps | Local Area Photos

Detroit, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of Detroit is the largest city in Michigan with a population of 656,087 as of July 1, 2017. Detroit ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Michigan. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Detroit is located at latitude 42.383 and longitude -83.1022 in Wayne County. The formal boundaries for the City of Detroit (see map below) encompass a land area of 138.75 sq. miles and a water area of 4.12 sq. miles. Wayne County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 597 feet.

The City of Detroit (GNIS ID: 1626181) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Detroit population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Detroit: D-town, Motor City, Motown, Mo-Town, The D, Tiughsaghrondy, Tsi kiohsahrón:ta, Wawyachtenok.

EXTREMELY LOCAL Demographic Data

Address Based Hyperlocal Data Input an address and get data & demographics for the pertinent census block group (CBG), a searchable map and a customized directory. The CBG is the smallest geographical unit used by the Census Bureau for reporting demographic data.


City of Detroit, MI Boundary Map

Also See: BIG Map | Driving Directions | MI Congressional Districts
Boundary Maps: Wayne County | Michigan Counties

Search the map for:

Detroit, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 656,087
Daytime Population: Workers 298,936
Daytime Population: Residents 434,606
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 733,542
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.12
Population in Households 641,938
Population in Familes 495,492
Population in Group Qrtrs 14,149
Population Density2 4,729
Diversity Index3 42


Median Household Income $28,341
Average Household Income $41,474
Per Capita Income $16,294


Total Housing Units 349,083 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 120,921 (34.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 129,802 (37.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 98,360 (28.2%)
Median Home Value $63,532
Average Home Value $83,470


Total Households 250,723
Average Household Size 2.56
Family Households 148,031
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -1.16% -0.74%
Households -0.99% -0.65%
Families -1.31% -0.85%
Median Household Income   0.33%
Per Capita Income   2.04%

Detroit, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Detroit to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 1 100th
Population Density # 20 97th
Diversity Index # 85 88th
Median Household Income # 677 2nd
Per Capita Income # 664 4th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Michigan Census Data Comparison Tool.

Michigan Research Tools

Michigan Census Data Comparison Tool

Compare Michigan Census Data
Highest or Lowest: