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Michigan

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Location of Michigan State


Capital: Lansing

Population: 9,883,360 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)

Major Cities: Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren, Sterling Heights, Ann Arbor, Lansing

Borders: Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota (via Lake Superior), Canada

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $400,504 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)

Key Industries:
Agriculture including cherries, blueberries, corn, soybeans, cattle, and milk
Automobile manufacturing, technology, furniture, mining (copper, iron), and tourism

How Michigan got its name: The name Michigan comes from an Algonquian Indian word that means big water.

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Michigan State Symbols

State Nickname: Great Lakes State

State Slogan: Great Lakes, Great Times; More To See.; (formerly) Water/Winter Wonderland; previously on its license plate

State Motto: Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look around you)

State flower: Apple blossom

State bird: American Robin

State fish: Brook trout

State tree: White Pine

State mammal: White-tailed deer

State foods: Cherry

Becoming a State

Date admitted: Thursday, January 26, 1837

Number admitted: 26

Prior Name: Michigan Territory

Postal Abbreviation: MI

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The Geography of Michigan

Total Size: 56,804 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)

Geographical Low Point: Lake Erie at 571 feet (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Geographical High Point: Mt. Arvon at 1,979 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Baraga (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Central Point: Located in Wexford County approx. 5 miles north-northwest of Cadillac (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Counties: 83 (source: National Association of Counties)

Bodies of Water: Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, Detroit River, St. Marys River, Grand River

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