Inkster is a city in Wayne County of the U.S. state of Michigan. At the 2000 census, the city population was 30,115. It is one of the few suburbs in Metro Detroit whose population is majority African American.
The area was first settled by non-indigenous people in 1825. A post office named "Moulin Rouge" was established there in December 1857. Robert Inkster, a Scotsman born March 27, 1828, in Lerwick, Shetland, operated a steam sawmill on present-day Inkster Road near Michigan Avenue in the early 1860s.
The post office was renamed Inkster in July 1863. The village had a station on the Michigan Central Railroad by 1878. It incorporated as a village in 1926 and as a city in 1964.