When you envision Detroit, you probably think of the automotive industry. However, the Motor City has experienced a rebirth in recent years that has made it a more attractive place to live. To give you a better idea of what to expect, we have created this short preview of the people, weather, and wildlife in Detroit.
After having peaked at more than 1.8 million residents in the 1950s, Detroit’s population is now just under 700,000. According to the 2010 Census, more than 83 percent of the city’s population is African-American, nearly one in nine residents self-identifies as white, seven percent are Hispanic, and one percent is Asian. The numbers do not add up to 100 percent because of Detroiters fitting into multiple categories. Nearly 53 percent of Detroit’s population is female, and seniors 65 and older make up almost twelve percent of the city’s residents.
Detroit is a popular place for people from the United States and beyond to settle with its low cost of living and recovering economy. Only about one in twenty residents were born outside of this country. Also, less than ten percent speak a language other than English at home. To get a good idea of where people of different ethnicities are located within the city, take a look at this map. Detroit is also home to a Mexicantown and Greektown.
Southeastern Michigan, including Detroit, has a humid continental climate which is influenced by the surrounding Great Lakes. Winters are cold with average lows below freezing. January is the coldest and snowiest month with a mean low temperature of about 19 degrees and an average snowfall of 12.5 inches. The summers are hot and humid. July has average highs of 83 degrees with humidity at nearly 70 percent.
Detroit is not susceptible to any of the scarier natural forces, such as tornados, earthquakes, or hurricanes. However, there are frequent thunderstorms in the area, and icy conditions and snowpack can make it unsafe for some.
When a major weather event is about to hit Detroit, there are warnings on all of the major television and radio stations. It is usually recommended that you stay in your home until the weather passes and the public works department has time to clear the roads, if necessary. The City of Detroit is prepared for snow removal. They have a set system for using their fleet of 50+ trucks to plow the snow and lay down salt to melt the ice.
When the ice and snow melt in the spring, animals and plants of all types thrive. Pine, maple, beech, aspen, and birch trees line many of the city streets. On the outskirts of town, you may be able to find raspberries, blueberries, and other fruit-bearing plants growing wild. Also, there are a number of hotspots around town that are ideal for birders. You can also find perch, lake trout, and whitefish in and around Detroit rivers and lakes. Detroit is not home to any dangerous animals, insects, or plants.
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