As of 2010, the five largest cities in Michigan are Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren, Sterling Heights and Lansing. Rounding out the top 10 are Ann Arbor, Flint, Dearborn, Livonia and Clinton Township; all 10 rest in the bottom half of the state's Lower Peninsula.
Situated in the southeastern part of the state on the Detroit River is the largest city, Detroit, with an estimated population of roughly 700,000 residents. Plagued by the downfall of the automobile industry, the Wayne County mecca was once the fourth-largest city in the country, behind New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago.
The western Michigan city of Grand Rapids is home to an estimated 188,000. The distribution, industrial and wholesale center serves as the seat of Kent County and is home to hypermarket giant Meijer Inc.
The northern Detroit suburb of Warren rests in Macomb County. The metalworking center of 134,000 is known for tool and die making and automobile parts production.
Just to the north of Warren is the city of Sterling Heights, the fourth-largest in the Great Lake State. A big manufacturer of transportation equipment, machinery, and plastic and wood products, the city of 129,000 is home to Lakeside Mall, one of the largest shopping centers in the Midwest.
The central Michigan city of Lansing serves as the state capital and the home of 114,000 Michiganders. The Ingham County seat sits at the confluence of the Red Cedar and Grand Rivers; the adjacent city of East Lansing is home to Michigan State University.