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Surrounded by Plymouth Township, the City of Plymouth, Michigan is a western suburb of the Detroit Metro region in Wayne County.

Cities and villages within twenty miles of Plymouth include Northville, Livonia, Westland, Novi, Garden City, Wayne, Farmington, Belleville, Inkster, Wixom, Farmington Hills, Romulus, Walled Lake, South Lyon, Ypsilanti, Wolverine Lake, Ann Arbor, Barton Hills, Dearborn, Detroit, Franklin, Bingham Farms, Southfield, and Orchard Lake.

Plymouth is home to a large variety of shops, restaurants, and other commercial businesses, particularly in its downtown district surrounding Kellogg Park.

The city also offers more than fifty recreational programs for residents and visitors of all age groups, facilitated by the Plymouth Cultural Center Ice Arena. In addition to open skating periods, the arena is home to various hockey leagues, including national teams who use the arena for training.

The city organizes several events that have local and regional appeal, such as its annual Fall Festival, Ice Sculpture Spectacular, and Art in the Park. The Ice Sculpture Spectacular is billed as the oldest and largest ice-carving festival in North America. Held in late January, it brings in around 500,000 people each year. Art in the Park is the second-largest art fair in Michigan, hosting about 450 artists and bringing in about 300,000 attendees each year. Held during the weekend after Labor Day, the Fall Festival includes several rides and other attractions. Other events include Music in the Air, Bumpers, Bikes & Bands, the Old Village Restaurant Crawl, and Haunted Halloween.

Plymouth's peak population was 11,758 in 1970 and, at the time of the 2020 census, there were 9,370 people in the city. Until 1970, its population. had increased each decade. Following 1970, there were three decades of decrease but has increased slightly in 2010 and 2020.

The first settlers in the area that was to become Plymouth were Keziah (Benjamin) and William Starkweather, farmers who purchased 240 acres from the federal government in 1825, and they both built log cabins there that same year. The settlement that grew there was named Plymouth, as the Starkweather's were descendants of the Pilgrim Fathers.

Another early landowner was Luther Lincoln, who was granted two 80-acre land patents by the government in 1825, one of which was partly within the boundaries of what is now Plymouth, while the other roughly formed the core of Wayne. Lincoln built a sawmill and home along the eastern boundaries of his land, along the Rouge River, which was outside of the city limits of Plymouth.

In 1831, William Starkweather purchased an additional 80-acre piece of land that is now bordered by Joy Road, Baywood Road, Ann Arbor Road, and Sheldon Road. Later that year, he bought another 80-acre parcel in Nankin Township, the area that is now part of Westland.

A post office was established in Plymouth on December 27, 1828, with Gideon P. Benton as postmaster. The village was platted and recorded on June 12, 1837, by Henry B. Holbrooks and a Mr. Bradner. Plymouth was incorporated as a village in 1867, and became a city in 1932.

In the 1860s, George A. Starkweather persuaded the Detroit & Howell Railroad to extend its track through Plymouth, and construction on the line began in February of 1867, although, before the work could be completed, the D&H Railroad merged into the Detroit, Howell & Lansing Railroad, which later became the Detroit, Lansing & Lake Michigan Railroad, who finally completed the construction of the track. After operating for only a few years, the DL&LM Railroad was reorganized as the Detroit, Lansing & Northern Railroad, which soon became the Detroit, Grand Rapids & Western Railroad. In 1900, it became the Pere Marquette Railway, which was merged into the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, and later the Chessie System. In 1987, it became known as the CSX.

The north-south rail line through Plymouth was built by the Holly, Wayne & Monroe Railway, which was soon merged into the Flint & Pere Marquette Railway. In 1900, both the north-south and the east-west tracks through Plymouth were operated by the Pere Marquette Railway.

Daisy Manufacturing Company was founded in Plymouth in 1882 as the Plymouth Iron Windmill Company. Its iconic BB gun was invented in 1886, and the company soon quit building windmills and began manufacturing Daisy BB guns, changing its name to Daisy Manufacturing Company in 1895. The company moved its corporate and manufacturing facilities to Rogers, Arkansas in 1958, and the former Daisy factory was converted to Daisy Square Condominiums in 2003.

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