Detroit Community Profile

Katana Tattoo, a premier tattoo shop is proud to offer its world-class Japanese tattoo services to the residents of Detroit We thought you might like to know a bit more about this interesting and vibrant region.


Detroit was named after the French river by French colonists who first came to the area in the 1630s.  In 1701, French officer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac with 51 other French citizens and French Canadians settled in the area calling it Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit.  By 1773, the population grew to 1,400 making it the largest European settlement between Montreal and New Orleans.  In the aftermath of the French and Indian War, the British gained control of the region in 1760 and changed the name to simply Detroit. After the American Revolution, the territory was ceded by the British to the Americans.  In 1903, Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company and along with other automotive pioneers such as William C. Durant, the Dodge siblings and Walter Chrysler established Detroit as the automotive capital of the world.  The decline of the automotive industry in the city in the late 20th century led to the decline of the city with people moving to other cities around the country.

Demographics and Cost of Living

Statistic Detroit Michigan National
Population 695,437 9,889,024 314,107,084
Population density (sq mi) 5,012 175 91
Median age 35.1 39.3 37.4
Male/Female ratio 0.9:1 1.0:1 1.0:1
Married (15yrs & older) 33% 56% 55%
Speak English 90% 91% 79%
Speak Spanish 6% 3% 13%


  • Population density in Detroit is 2,767% higher than Michigan
  • Average age is 11% lower than Michigan
  • 61% of the population is Caucasian
  • 95% of the population is African-American
  • 21% of the population is Asian






Index Detroit Michigan National
Cost of living index 81 89 100
Index Detroit Michigan National
Goods & Services index 95 94 100
Groceries index 91 94 100
Health care index 94 100 100
Housing index 43 73 100
Transportation index 104 101 100
Utilities index 109 96 100


In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.


There are 66,000 public school students enrolled in the city. It is served by the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) and is the biggest school district in Michigan. There are also an additional 56,000 charter school students. Due to more charter schools and the decline of population in the city, state officials have planned to close more schools. While both public and charter school students have performed poorly on standardized tests, the publicly funded charter schools fared even worse than public schools on national tests.


Around 42.16% of the people in the City of Detroit consider themselves religious in the context that they affiliate with a religion. Roman Catholics amount for 16.83% of the population followed by Latter-Day Saints at 0.34% and another Christian faith pegged at 6.51% Only 0.01% are Jewish and 0.26% affiliate with an eastern faith. 3.62% are Muslim.

The Roman Catholic archdiocese of Detroit is the diocese that serves the city. The Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament is the seat of the Detroit archbishop.  Mosques are located in Dearborn such as the Islamic Center of America and the Dearborn Mosque.


Even if the city is on a downturn, three Fortune 5oo companies are headquartered in the city.  Major companies like General Motors, Quicken Loans, Ally Financial, Compuware, Shinola, American Axle, Little Caesars and DTE Energy.  The city’s top employers include: Detroit Medical Center, City of Detroit. Quicken Loans, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit Public Schools, US Government, Wayne State University, Chrysler, Blue Cross Shield and Chrysler.

Restaurants & Nightlife

Selden Standard  — One of the best restaurants in the city. The pork chops are the best. The moisture was impeccably preserved along with the superb flavor. Do try it with a side of brussel sprouts.  You will love the vegetable Carpaccio with lemon dressing.

Dime Store — This is one of the best places to have breakfast, brunch or lunch. It is located in a downtown office building and its is quite small so be prepared to wait as the place is always packed.  Portions are generous you will leave quite satisfied.  Do try the spicy belly benny and pair that with a brioche French toast.

Lafayette Coney Island — The place is a Midwest icon and they serve the best Coney dogs period.  The hotdogs have just the right snap and the chili is superb.

Fun Things to Do in Detroit

Detroit Institute of Arts – they have exhibits that come from the earliest known cultures to the current. The permanent collection features art from Africa, Oceania and Indigenous Americas.  There are also masterpieces from artists like Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

Comerica Park – this place is a combination of Theme Park, baseball museum and ballpark. There is a carousel, Ferris wheel rides and a large water feature in the center field.  It is most famous for being the home of the Detroit Tigers.

Henry Ford Estate – No visit to Detroit would be complete without a tour of the estate of the city’s most famous son – Henry Ford. Fair Lane is the former home of Henry Ford and his wife Clara. They lived there from 1915 until their deaths in 1947 and 1950 respectively.

Detroit truly is a great place to visit.  If you are interested in getting a tattoo, we are only a phone call away. We can’t wait to meet you.