Population: 9,995,915 (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)
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
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
- Edna Ferber - Author
- Henry Ford - Founder of the Ford Motor Company
- Gerald Ford - The 38th President of the United States (grew up in Michigan)
- Magic Johnson - Professional basketball player
- Charles Lindbergh - Aviator who flew the Spirit of St. Louis across the Atlantic Ocean
- Madonna - Singer and actress
- Floyd Mayweather - Boxer
- Burt Reynolds - Actor
- Smokey Robinson - Singer
- Kid Rock - Singer
- Tom Selleck - Actor
- Serena Williams - Tennis player
- Stevie Wonder - Singer and songwriter
- Michigan borders four of the five Great Lakes.
- It has over 10,000 lakes and the longest freshwater shoreline in the world.
- The Mackinac Bridge connects Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas.
- Lake Michigan is the only Great Lake that is entirely within the United States.
- Sometimes Michigan is called the Wolverine State.
- Detroit is the car capital of the world with General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford. It is often called Motor Town or Motown.
- Motown records was founded in Detroit by Barry Gordy in 1959.
- The University of Michigan was the first university founded by a state. It was founded in 1817 under the name Catholepistemiad.
- Kellogg's Cereal company is headquartered out of Battle Creek. Each year they have a cereal festival where they set up the world's longest breakfast table.
- No matter where you are in Michigan, you are always within 85 miles of a Great Lake.
Professional Sports Teams
- Detroit Lions - NFL (football)
- Detroit Pistons - NBA (basketball)
- Detroit Red Wings - NHL (hockey)
- Detroit Tigers - MLB (baseball)
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