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( The Great Lakes State / The Wolverine State )
Michigan Map Michigan gets its name from an Ojibwa (Chippewa) Indian word meaning "large lake." in 1837, Michigan became the 26th state in the Union. Michigan is one of the nation's leading manufacturing states and it leads in the production of automobiles. Detroit, Michigan's largest city, is called the Automobile Capital of the World or Motor City. Michigan touches four of the five Great Lakes - Erie, Huron, Michigan and Superior. It also has an additional 11,000 smaller lakes. The state's 5,000 kilometer shoreline is longer than that of any other state except Alaska. Michigan has year-round activities for people who enjoy sports and the outdoors. Michigan has an unusual geography, as it consists of two land masses - the sparsely populated Upper Peninsula and the mitten-shaped Lower Peninsula, home to most of the state's residents. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Michigan include: Tom Selleck, Sonny Bono, John Hughes, Diana Ross,

The Flag of Michigan
Michigan state flag Entered the Union in 1837 as the 26th State; flag adopted in 1911. The motto is accompanied in the Michigan arms by the slogans "I Shall Defend" and "If You Seek a Pleasant Peninsula, Look Around You." An elk, moose, and scenes from nature are included in the design.

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Detroit, 951,270; Grand Rapids, 197,800; Warren, 138,247; Flint, 124,943; Sterling Heights, 124,471; Lansing, 119,128; Ann Arbor, 114,024; Livonia, 100,545; Dearborn, 97,775; Westland, 86,602
Business and Trade in Michigan
Agriculture: Dairy products, cattle, vegetables, hogs, corn, nursery stock, soybeans.

Industries: Motor vehicles and parts, machinery, fabricated metal products, food processing, chemical products, mining, tourism.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: Robin
  • Flower: Apple Blossom (pyrus coronaria)
  • Tree: White pine (pinus strobus)
  • Song(s): Michigan, My Michigan
  • Motto: Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam, Circumspice (If You Seek a Pleasant peninsula, Look About You)

Michigan Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Van Buren Trail State Park -
Little Brevort Lake-South State Forest Campground -
Silver Creek State Forest Campground -
South Gemini Lake State Forest Campground -
Hog Island Point State Forest Campground -
capital  Capital: Lansing

statehood  Statehood: 1837-01-26

population  Population:
9,938,444 (175 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 96,716.11
    Water 39,912.28
    Land 56,803.82
    Rank 22nd Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University

border states   Border States: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use
    Youth Risk Survey

housing   Housing: In Michigan, there are 4,234,279 housing units, averaging to 74.5 per sq mile.

Posters and Artwork
Death of Father Marquette in Michigan, Returning from a Mission to the Ilinois Indians, c.1675
Death of Father Marquette in Michigan, Returning from a Mission to the Ilinois Indians, c.1675
Giclee Print 16" x 12"

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