What Are the Suburbs of Detroit?


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The Detroit metropolitan area includes outlying suburbs in Wayne and surrounding Oakland and Macomb counties, covering more than 1,337 square miles. As of 2014, Detroit and its tri-county suburbs boast a population of roughly 3.7 million, an estimated 688,000 of whom reside within city limits.

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Macomb County lies to the northeast and has an estimated 840,000 residents. Major suburbs in the county include Warren, Sterling Heights, Clinton Township and Mount Clemens.

With an estimated 1.2 million residents, Oakland County is the state's second-most populated county and lies directly to the north. Major Detroit suburbs in the county include Troy, Royal Oak, Rochester, Farmington Hills, Southfield and Novi.

The largest suburb in Wayne County is the city of Livonia; other suburbs include Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Westland and Plymouth.

The suburb of Dearborn is the site of Ford Motor Company headquarters and home to the Henry Ford Museum at Greenfield Village, a National Historic Landmark.

The suburbs are also home to the Detroit Pistons NBA franchise, who play home games at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Oakland County. Neighboring Pontiac previously served as the home to the Detroit Lions, who played at the Pontiac Silverdome from 1975 to 2001 before moving to Detroit, where they compete along with the Tigers and Red Wings.

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