Dearborn is home to over 29,000 Arab-Americans, the second largest concentration within the U.S (New York, New York has nearly 70,000). Arabs first settled here to work in the automotive industry. In the fall of 2004 a new American Arab National Museum will open.
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The Dearborn area was first settled by Europeans in 1786. The village of Dearborn was established in 1836, and its origins as a city trace back to a January 1929 consolidation vote which established its present-day borders.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 63.3 km² (24.5 mi²). 63.1 km² (24.4 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.37% water.
As of the census of 2000, there are 97,775 people, 36,770 households, and 23,863 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,549.7/km² (4,013.2/mi²). There are 38,981 housing units at an average density of 617.8/km² (1,600.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 86.86% White, 1.28% African American, 0.26% Native American, 1.47% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.73% from other races, and 9.38% from two or more races. 3.00% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 36,770 households out of which 31.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% are married couples living together, 9.4% have a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% are non-families. 30.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 14.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.65 and the average family size is 3.42.
In the city the population is spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 19.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 99.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 96.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $44,560, and the median income for a family is $53,060. Males have a median income of $45,114 versus $33,872 for females. The per capita income for the city is $21,488. 16.1% of the population and 12.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 24.4% are under the age of 18 and 7.6% are 65 or older.