Dearborn, city (1990 pop. 89,286), Wayne co., SE Mich., on the River Rouge, adjoining Detroit; settled 1795, consolidated with the city of Fordson in 1928, inc. as a city 1929. Dearborn is the headquarters of the Ford Motor Company, and the city's economy is dominated by the automobile industry; manufacturing as well as research and development are important. Also residential, Dearborn now has a sizable Arab American population. Fairlane Town Center, one of the nation's largest shopping centers, is there. The city is home to the Henry Ford, which includes the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village (a noted museum of American history and architecture, with the birthplace of Henry Ford), and a business and history research center; and to the Arab American National Museum. Ford's estate, Fair Lane, is a national historic landmark and part of the Univ. of Michigan's Dearborn campus.
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