Dearborn, Michigan, Vital Facts and High Education Info

Jul 27, 2020

Information about Dearborn

The hometown of legendary auto tycoon Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan, had an estimated 93,922 residents based on 2019 U.S. Census Bureau figures, making it one of state's largest municipalities. Dearborn is predominantly white (about 91 percent in 2019), with 3.3% identified as African American.

Dearborn houses the famed Ford Rouge Plant, the factory that mass-produced the Ford Model T and Mustang, as well as many other Ford-related sites, including the Henry Ford Museum. Not everything in the area has to do with the Ford Motor Company, though; there's also the Arab American National Museum, and the city hosts a regional symphony orchestra. Nearby Detroit is home to a wide variety of theaters, museums and ethnically distinct neighborhoods, such as Greektown.

Higher Education

Dearborn is home to Henry Ford College, a 2-year institution enrolling more than 12,000 students, as well as to the Dearborn campus of the public University of Michigan. Other institutions of higher learning in the Detroit area include Marygrove College, the University of Detroit Mercy, and Wayne State University.

Economy and Employment

Like most of the Detroit metropolitan area, Dearborn owes its economic prosperity in large part to the automotive industry. The Ford Motor Company is still headquartered in Dearborn, and both Chrysler and General Motors are also based in the region.

But cars aren't the only business in town. Severstal North America, one of the largest steelmakers in the country, recently made major upgrades to its Dearborn facility, increasing productivity and adding employees there. Dearborn also serves as the state headquarters for AAA of Michigan and the international headquarters for Carhartt, an apparel company that focuses on work clothes. Other important employers include Dearborn Brand, a family-owned company that produces sausage and ham products, and Eppinger Manufacturing, maker of Dardevle fishing lures.

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