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Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation MI
State Capital Lansing
State Size Total (Land + Water): 96,716 sq miles; Land Only: 56,804 sq miles
Number of Counties 83
Time Zone Eastern Time Zone, Central Time Zone
Bordering States Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota (water border), Ohio, Wisconsin
Highest PointMount Arvon, 1,979 feet
National ParksIsle Royale National Park
State Population (2015)9,922,576
State Population Density174.7 people / square mile
Area Codes 231, 248, 269, 278, 313, 517, 586, 616, 679, 734, 810, 906, 947, 989
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Detroit (713,777)
Grand Rapids (188,040)
Warren (134,056)
Sterling Heights (129,699)
Lansing (114,297)

Government & Legislature

Statehood January 26, 1837
Electoral Votes16
State Flag Michigan State Flag
GovernorOfficial Michigan Governor Website
U. S. SenatorsList of U. S. Senators From Michigan
U. S. RepresentativesList of U. S. Representatives From Michigan
State SenatorsList of Michigan State Senators
State RepresentativesList of Michigan State Representatives
State GovernmentOfficial Site
State ConstitutionMichigan State Constitution
Road ConditionsMichigan Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date January 26, 2004

State Symbols

State Bird American robin
State FishBrook trout
State Flower Apple blossom
State FossilMastodon
State Game MammalWhite-tailed deer
State GemChlorastrolite
State Motto Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you)
State Nickname Wolverine State
State ReptilePainted turtle
State SoilKalkaska sand
State StonePetoskey stone
State Tree White pine
State WildflowerDwarf lake iris

Sports Teams

Major Sports Teams MLB: Detroit Tigers
NFL: Detroit Lions
NBA: Detroit Pistons
NHL: Detroit Red Wings
NCAA Division I Schools Central Michigan University (Mid-American)
University of Detroit Mercy (Horizon)
Eastern Michigan University (Mid-American)
University of Michigan (Big Ten)
Michigan State University (Big Ten)
Oakland University (Horizon)
Western Michigan University (Mid-American)


State Gas Tax$0.3151 / Gallon
State Cigarette Tax$2.00 / Pack

Popular Tourist Attractions

Famous People Born In Michigan

Nobel Prize Winners

  • Ralph Bunche (Peace, 1950)
  • Glenn T. Seaborg (Chemistry, 1951)
  • Thomas H. Weller (Physiology or Medicine, 1954)
  • Alfred D. Hershey (Physiology or Medicine, 1969)
  • Samuel C.C. Ting (Physics, 1976)
  • Robert J. Shiller (Economic Sciences, 2013)
  • Eric Betzig (Chemistry, 2014)

Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members

  • Bill Hewitt (End, Fullback. Inducted in 1971)
  • Paul Krause (Safety. Inducted in 1998)
  • Joe DeLamielleure (Guard. Inducted in 2003)
  • Jerome Bettis (Running Back. Inducted in 2015)
  • Tony Dungy (Coach. Inducted in 2016)

Baseball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Charlie Gehringer (Second Baseman. Inducted in 1949)
  • Kiki Cuyler (Right Fielder. Inducted in 1968)
  • Hal Newhouser (Pitcher. Inducted in 1992)
  • John Smoltz (Pitcher. Inducted in 2015)

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Mel Daniels (Center. Inducted in 2012)
  • Dave DeBusschere (Forward. Inducted in 1983)
  • George Gervin (Guard. Inducted in 1996)
  • Magic Johnson (Guard. Inducted in 2002)

Hockey Hall Of Fame Members

  • Mark Howe (Defense. Inducted in 2011)
  • Mike Modano (Center. Inducted in 2014)

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Ellen Burstyn
  • Burt Reynolds
  • Tom Selleck
  • J. K. Simmons
  • David Spade
  • Kate Upton

Famous Singers

  • Alice Cooper
  • Madonna
  • Ted Nugent
  • Iggy Pop
  • Smokey Robinson
  • Diana Ross
  • Jackie Wilson
  • Stevie Wonder

Michigan Fun Facts

  • The name Michigan is derived from the Ojibwa Indian word "meicigama," meaning "large lake" or "large water."
  • Michigan is the only state in the United Sates that touches four of the five Great Lakes (Huron, Michigan, Erie, and Superior).
  • Michigan has world's only floating post office, a boat called J. W. Westcott II. It delivers mail to ships as they are underway.
  • The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, a highway tunnel that connects Detroit, Michigan with Windsor, Ontario, Canada, is the first tunnel in the world that connects two countries.
  • The Kalamazoo Mall is the first outdoor pedestrian shopping mall in the United States.
  • Michigan has about 150 lighthouses, more than any other state in the United States.
  • Battle Creek is called the Cereal Capital of the World. It is home to Kellogg's.
  • In 1920, Detroit was home to the first four-way traffic light.
  • Michigan is the only state made up of two peninsulas.
  • In 1846, Michigan became the first state to abolish the death penalty (except for treason).
  • In Michigan, it is unlawful to buy or sell cars on Sundays.

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