90+ Detroit Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

Detroit is a city of many firsts thanks to its incredible population of innovative thinkers. The first paved road, the first individually assigned phone numbers, the first state fair, and also it is the first place an automatic coffee maker was used.

Did you know that Detroit has America’s second-biggest theater district? Coming second to New York, the city has 30,000 theater seats and nearly three dozen theaters. The fox theatre is the most famous of its kind. You can watch a broadway show or even a wrestling match from any of these theatres.

Detroit Facts Trivia Questions and Answers – 2022 – 2023

Detroit is in the middle of a cultural renaissance and there is no better way to experience it all other than visiting the place. But first, go on a virtual trip with the following Detroit trivia questions sure to help you understand the ins and outs of the city.


1. Detroit has derived a French word. What does it mean?



2. What is the tallest building in Detroit?

Renaissance Center


3. What road is the “Demarcation Line” between Detroit and its northern suburbs?

8 Mile Road


4. Where is the ‘Worlds Largest Tire’ located?

Allen Park


5. Who is considered the founder of the city of Detroit (Fort Ponchartrain)?

Antoine de la Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac


6. When completed in 1930, this nearly a-mile-long landmark became the first of its kind in the world?

Detroit Windsor Tunnel


7. When was Detroit the capital of Michigan?



8. What city is the smallest Wayne County city in land area?



9. Who was the first African American elected Mayor of Detroit?

Coleman Young


10. What is the name of the stadium that has housed the Detroit Tigers since 2000?

Comerica Park


11. What is the name of Detroit’s professional baseball team?



12. Who was nominated as a candidate for President at the 1980 Republican National Convention hosted in Detroit?


13. Who designed the layout of Detroit?

Pierre L ‘Enfant


14. What is the name of the bridge which connects Detroit with Windsor, Ontario, Canada?

Ambassador Bridge


15. What city is home to the Chrysler USA Headquarters?

Auburn Hills


16. In the seventies, what famous sports celebrity coached the University of Detroit basketball team?

Dick Vitale


17. The Country Club of Detroit is not actually located in Detroit, it however is located in which city?

Grosse Pointe Farms


18. What is the airport code for Detroit Wayne County Metropolitan Airport?



19. The world’s first ice climbing park opened in Rochester Hills in 1992?



20. Detroit is the second-largest Michigan city in terms of population. True or False?



21. Joe Louis Arena, home of the Red Wings opened for hockey in 1979. True or False?



22. In 1999, the mayor of Detroit was Dennis Archer? True or False?



23. What was the nickname for Olympia Stadium, former home of the Detroit Red Wings?

The Old Red Barn


24. Detroit is the largest city in what U.S. state?



25. What Detroit mayor went on to become a U.S. Supreme Court justice?

Francis Murphy


26. It is also the largest U.S. city on what?

The United States–Canada border.


27. True or false: Detroit has had a female mayor?



28. It is the seat of government of what county?

Wayne County


29. What does the “K” in Kmart stand for?



30. The City of Detroit had what population at the 2020 census?



31. What was Detroit first known as?

Fort Pontchartrain


32. What was Mayor Hazen S. Pingree’s nickname?

Potato Patch


33. The metropolitan area, known as Metro Detroit, is home to how many people?

4.3 million


34. What was a one-time name for Belle Isle?

Ile Aux Cochons or Hog Island


35. That makes it the second largest in the Midwest after what?

The Chicago metropolitan area, and the 14th-largest in the United States


36. What is the oldest continually operating business in Detroit?

George Jerome & Co.


37. Where are the “Mile” roads measured from?

Michigan’s east to west lake shores


38. What does “Campus Martius” mean?

“City Center”


39. Regarded as a major cultural center, Detroit is known for its contributions to what?

Music, art, architecture, and design, in addition to its historical automotive background.


40. Time named Detroit as one of what?

One of the fifty World’s Greatest Places of 2022 to explore.


41. Which of the following was NOT invented by a Detroiter?





Sippy Cups


42. Detroit is a major port on what river?

The Detroit River


43. Ossip Gabrilowitsch, founding director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, was married to the daughter of which famous American author?


44. It’s one of the four major straits that connect the Great Lakes system to what?

The Saint Lawrence Seaway


45. The City of Detroit anchors the second-largest regional economy in the Midwest, behind who?

Chicago and ahead of Minneapolis–Saint Paul, and the 14th-largest in the United States.


46. Which U.S. president was assassinated by a Detroiter?

William McKinley


47. What was the world’s first urban freeway, completed in 1942?

Davison Freeway


48. Detroit is best known as the center of what?

The U.S. automobile industry


49. The “Big Three” auto manufacturers General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis North America (Chrysler) are all headquartered where?

In Metro Detroit


50. Detroit and its neighboring Canadian city Windsor are connected through what?

A highway tunnel, railway tunnel, and the Ambassador Bridge, which is the second-busiest international crossing in North America, after San Diego–Tijuana.


51. As Detroit’s industrialization took off, the Detroit River became what?

The busiest commercial hub in the world


52. Which of these jobs did Coleman A. Young NOT hold before becoming mayor?





Faygo employee


53. Detroit is north of Canada. True or False?



54. What is the name of the island in the Detroit River that the Indy Grand Prix race is held on?

Belle Isle


55. What is the name of America’s first soda, created in Detroit?

Vernors Ginger Ale


56. What was the name of America’s first urban freeway?

The Davison Freeway


57. Which Detroit men’s sports team does not have their stadium/arena within the city limits?

Detroit Pistons


58. Which two Great Lakes are connected by the Detroit River?

Huron and Erie


59. Detroit was a stop on the Underground Railroad. True or False?



60. What was the name of the notorious gang that organized the smuggling of Canadian spirits during Prohibition?

The Purple Gang, Purple Gang


61. Which of these was not an original name of the Fillmore Detroit?

Fox theatre


62. What group of immigrants originally established Corktown in Detroit?

Irish Immigrants


63. What was the commonly known name of the Amusement Park that used to be on Bois Blanc Island in the Detroit River?

Boblo Island Amusement Park


64. Where were the Detroit Pistons originally located?

Fort Wayne, Indiana.


65. What are the most points the Pistons ever scored in a game?

186 points


66. Which Pistons player is featured in a Super Nintendo game called Combat Basketball?

Bill Laimbeer’s Combat Basketball


67. Which Piston was the first recipient of the NBA Sportsmanship Award?

Joe Dumars


68. Who did the Pistons defeat to win their first NBA championship?


69. Who is the tallest player in Pistons’ history?

Chuck Nevitt


70. Who is the Detroit Pistons’ career leader in points, assists, and steals?


71. Which Detroit Pistons coach has the highest winning percentage?


72. What is the Detroit Pistons mascot?

A horse wearing a Pistons jersey.


73. Who was the first Piston to win the Sixth Man of the Year Award?

Corliss Williamson


74. Which player was named NBA Finals MVP in 2004?

Chauncey Billups


75. Who was the first Piston with more than 250 blocks in a season?


76. Who holds the franchise single-season record for points?

Jerry Stackhouse


77. Which Piston played for Detroit his entire career?

Isiah Thomas


78. Which player won championships in the AAU, NCAA, and NBA?

Corliss Williamson


79. Which player has the highest single-season free throw percentage in franchise history?

Chauncey Billups


80. Who was the first Piston to win the Rookie of the Year Award?

Don Meineke


81. Which Piston holds the NBA record for most missed free throws in a game?

Andre Drummond


82. Who was the first Piston with more than 1,000 defensive rebounds in a season?

Dennis Rodman


83. Who was the first Piston with 10 triple-doubles in a season?


84. If you mail a letter to ZIP code 48222, where does it end up?

Middle of the Detroit River


85. Yell out, “Two to go, no onions!” What are you going to get?

Coney dogs


86. What is the official name of the Belle Isle bridge?

Douglas MacArthur Bridge


87. Which celebrity was NOT born in Detroit?

Marvin Gaye

Charles Lindbergh

Lily Tomlin

Marvin Gaye


88. True or false: Belle Isle is the largest island park in the U.S.?



89. True or false: Detroit was originally the capital of Michigan?



90. The first automaker to offer air-conditioning in their vehicles was?



91. Which of these was NOT a Boblo boat?  

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