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Dearborn, MI (Population: 92,382)

Dearborn, located in the Detroit metropolitan area, is the tenth largest city in Michigan with an estimated population of 92,382 (2006). It is also notable for having the largest concentration of Arabs in North America. The city is the hometown of Henry Ford, the world headquarters of the Ford Motor Company, and the site of a University of Michigan campus and Henry Ford Community College.

The Dearborn area was first settled by Europeans in 1786 and was established as a city in 1836; it was named after patriot Henry Dearborn, a General in the American Revolution and Secretary of War under President Thomas Jefferson. Its origins as a city trace back to a January 1929 consolidation vote which established its present-day borders by merging Dearborn and neighboring Fordson, which feared being absorbed into Detroit. The area between the two towns, once farm land, was bought by Henry Ford who built his estate and Ford World Headquarters on it. Later the Ford airport was added as were other Ford administrative and development facilities. Presently, the Henry Ford village and museum and Fair Lane, the Henry Ford Centennial Library and the Dearborn Civic Center are also located in this area.

Dearborn is the location for Michigan's leading tourist attraction, the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, the nation's largest indoor-outdoor American history museum and entertainment complex. Notable buildings in the city skyline include the Hyatt Regency Dearborn, located across from Fairlane Town Center mall. Dearborn is also the proud home of the Ford River Rouge Plant, built by Henry Ford to make Ford Model T components, and later the birthplace (and former production line) of the Ford Mustang. It currently produces Ford F150 trucks. Dearborn is also home to Fordson High School, the first million dollar high school within the United States.