Detroit files for bankruptcy: The city in numbers

Detroit was once synonymous with US manufacturing prowess - now it has become synonymous with decline, decay and crime:

  • The city's debt is estimated to be $18.5 billion
  • Detroit's population fell to 700,000 from a peak of 1.8 million in 1950
  • It has nearly 78,000 abandoned buildings
  • The city's murder rate is at its highest in 40 years
  • Only one third of its ambulances were in service in the first quarter of 2013


Detroit files for bankruptcy

The city of Detroit in the United States has become the largest American city to file for bankruptcy. It has debts of more than £11 billion.