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.

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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

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    Detroit, once a booming American metropolis, has become the largest US city to file for bankruptcy, with debts of at least $18bn.