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Located in Wayne County, in the southeastern Lower Peninsula, Dearborn is the eighth-largest city in Michigan, and currently home to the largest Muslim population in the United States.

Henry Ford was born on a farm near Dearborn, and later established a home in Dearborn, as well as the River Rouge Complex, the largest Ford factory. Henry Ford College is named for him.

The area was inhabited by Algonquin, the Potawatomi, and the Huron people, at various times, before the Europeans arrived. The French were the first, building missions, trading posts, and farms along the Detroit River and the River Rouge. France ceded its territory east of the Mississippi River to Great Britain in 1763, but the population of the area that was to become Dearborn remained largely French.

In 1786, after the United States had achieved independence from Britain, more European-Americans moved into the region, settling the Detroit and Dearborn area. In 1833, Dearborn Township was formed, followed by the village of Dearborn in 1836, each named for Henry Dearborn, an American Revolutionary War general and Secretary of War under President Thomas Jefferson. The village was incorporated as a town in 1893, and as a city in 1927. The following year, the village of Fordson and portions of Springwells Township were merged with Dearborn. However, the area between Fordson and Dearborn was largely undeveloped, and remains so today, forming two distinct settlements.

Middle Eastern settlers began coming into the Detroit and Dearborn region in the 1870s, although early Middle Eastern settlers were largely Lebanese Christians, although Sunni Muslims, Shia Muslims, and Druze were included. Immigration from Iraq, Yemen, and the Arabian peninsula began in the early 1900s. Today, approximately 30% of the Dearborn population speak Arabic, while just over 60% speak only English.

The city of Dearborn owns Camp Dearborn, a 626-acre park in Milford. Although it is located thirty-five miles from Dearborn, the park is considered part of Dearborn. It includes several ponds and lakes, and access to the Huron River, as well as a half-mile swimming beach, a swimming pool, picnic sites, and camping areas. Open year-round, it offers activities for swimming, paddle boating, hayrides, dances, miniature golf, and a 27-hole golf course.

The Ford Motor Company headquarters is in Dearborn, and the company owns several properties within the city, including the Fairlane Town Center shopping mall and other interests.

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