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Although Hamtramck, Michigan has declined in population each decade since 1930, it remains the most densely populated city in the state.

Other than a short border with Highland Park in the northeast, the city is surrounded by Detroit. Besides Detroit and Highland Park, cities and villages within twenty miles of Hamtramck include Hazel Park, Center Line, Ferndale, Grosse Pointe Park, Harper Woods, Dearborn, Pleasant Ridge, Madison Heights, Royal Oak, Eastpointe, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Woods, Oak Park, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Shores, Berkley, Clawson, Southfield, Melvindale, River Rouge, Lathrup Village, Warren, Allen Park, Ecorse, St. Clair Shores, Lincoln Park, Troy, Roseville, Beverly Hills, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Bingham Farms, Birmingham, Franklin, Bloomfield Hills, Taylor, Livonia, Wyandotte, Fraser, Rochester Hills, Sterling Heights, and Southgate.

In the 20th century, it was known as a center for Polish-American culture but the 21st century has brought an influx of new immigrants, particularly from Yemen and Bangladesh. In 2015, Hamtramck became the first city in the United States to have a majority Muslim city council.

First appearing on a census report in 1910 with a population of 3,559, Hamtramck's population rose by 1,266% in the first decade, and by another 15.7% in the second decade, for a peak population of 56,268, but it has declined every decade since.

Named for Jean Francois Hamtramck, a French-Canadian soldier who fought in the American Revolutionary War and later commanded Fort Shelby in Detroit, Hamtramck Township was organized in 1798 and settled largely by people of French origin from Quebec.

In 1901, when Hamtramck was reorganized as a village, its population largely consisted of German farmers.

However, the Dodge Brothers opened the Dodge Main auto manufacturing plant there in 1914, and its population exploded, due to an influx of Polish immigrants who came to work in the factory, and Hamtramck was incorporated as a city in 1922 in order to prevent annexation by Detroit.

In 1980, Dodge Main closed and was demolished the following year. In 1985, General Motors opened its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant, which required the demolishing of six churches and the homes of more than four thousand residents of the adjacent Poletown neighborhood in Detroit.

Over the past few decades, the city has continued to decline in population, although its percentage of immigrants from the Middle East and South Asia has risen considerably, and the city has heralded its diversity in the motto, "A league of nations." Although just over ten percent of its current population is of Polish heritage, its Polish history can still be seen in many of its streets and business names. The city hosts Polish festivals and events each year, and its Polish Art Center highlights Polish art, literature, and foods.

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