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WCSX City of the Week

Congratulations to Hamtramck,

You’re the WCSX City of the Week

Hamtramck factoids

  • Hamtramck was originally settled by German farmers, but Polish immigrants moved into the area when the Dodge Brothers plant opened in 1914.

  • Hamtramck is named for the French-Canadian soldier Jean François Hamtramck, who was the first American commander of Fort Shelby, the fortification at Detroit. It was originally known as Hamtramck Township.

  • Hamtramck is Michigan’s most internationally diverse city, with a foreign born population of more than 40%.

  • In 1997, the Utne Reader names Hamtramck one of “the 15 hippest neighborhoods in the U.S. and Canada” in part for its punk and alternative music scene, its Buddhist temple, its cultural diversity, and its laid back blue-collar neighborhoods.

  • Hamtramck is surrounded by the city of Detroit except for a small portion of the western border that touches the similarly surrounded city of Highland Park. Hamtramck is by far the most densely-populated municipality in the state of Michigan. 

  • In 2003, Maxim Blender selected Hamtramck as the second “Most Rock N’ Roll City” in the U.S.