Michigan is in the mid-western region of the United States, more specifically in the Great Lakes region. It is bordered by Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota, and Indiana. In both its northeastern and southeastern regions, Michigan shares an international border with Ontario, Canada. The state is divided into two peninsulas that are linked by the Mackinac Bridge. With 96,916 square miles, Michigan is the 11th largest state in the United States. It is the ninth most populous state, with a population of 9,895,622 people, and the 17th most densely populated. Prior to European settlement, the area was inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Algonquin, Odaawaa, and Boodewaadamii. Michigan was the 26th state to join the Union, becoming a state of the United States in 1837.
Interesting facts about Michigan:
The name Michigan comes from the Algonquin Indian word’meicigama,’ which means ‘big sea wate,’ in reference to the Great Lakes.
Michigan is known as the Wolverine State.
Lansing is the state capital, and Detroit is the largest city.
The state motto of Michigan is ‘Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam, circum spice,’ which means ‘If you are looking for a pleasant peninsula, look around you.’
‘Michigan, My Michigan’ is the state song of Michigan.
The state flag of Michigan, depicting moose, elk, and a bald eagle, was adopted in 1911.
The robin is the state bird, the painted turtle is the state reptile, the white-tailed deer is the state mammal, and the brook trout is the state fish.
The apple blossom is Michigan’s state flower, and the dwarf lake iris is the state wildflower.
The white pine is the state tree.
Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Superior, and Lake Michigan are among Michigan’s major lakes.
The major rivers of Michigan are the St. Mary’s River, the St. Clair River, the Kalamazoo River, the Grand River, and the Detroit River.
Michigan is divided into 83 counties and has 97 state parks and recreation areas.
Michiganders, Michiganians, and Michiganties are the names given to residents of Michigan.
Wheat, soybeans, apples, cherries, pears, beans, potatoes, sugar beets, and corn are among Michigan’s major crops.
Car manufacturing, cereal processing, airplane part manufacturing, hardware and furniture manufacturing, fishing, and timber are among Michigan’s major industries.
Detroit, Michigan is known as the world’s automobile capital.
Alpena, Michigan, is home to the world’s largest cement plant.
Rogers City is home to the world’s largest limestone quarry.
Colon, Michigan is the world’s largest manufacturer of magic supplies.
The Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit built the first air-conditioned car in 1939.
The Mackinac Bridge, which connects the two peninsulas of Michigan, is one of the world’s longest suspension bridges. It stretches for five miles across the Straits of Mackinac, where Lake Huron and Lake Michigan meet.
Gerald R. Ford, the 38th President of the United States, grew up in Grand Rapis, Michigan.
The only boat in the world that delivers mail to ships en route is the J, a floating post office. It was founded by W. Westcott II and has been in operation for over 125 years.
Michigan is the only state in the United States that borders four of the five Great Lakes. Lake Ontario is the only one that it does not touch.