||January 26, 1837 |
||Total (Land + Water): 96,716 sq miles; Land Only: 56,804 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
|State Population (2015)||9,922,576|
|State Population Density||174.7 people / square mile|
|State Quarter Issue Date
||January 26, 2004|
||Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you)|
||Apple blossom |
|State Gas Tax||$0.3151 / Gallon|
|State Cigarette Tax||$2.00 / Pack|
||231, 248, 269, 278, 313, 517, 586, 616, 679, 734, 810, 906, 947, 989|
|Top 5 Cities (2010 population)
Grand Rapids (188,040)
Sterling Heights (129,699)
|Major Sports Teams
||MLB: Detroit Tigers|
NFL: Detroit Lions
NBA: Detroit Pistons
NHL: Detroit Red Wings
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 Michigan, it is unlawful to buy or sell cars on Sundays.