This page contains a wealth of information on the state of Michigan. Please click on the type of the fact that you are interested in:
Geography & Demographics
||Total (Land + Water): 96,716 sq miles; Land Only: 56,804 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
||Eastern Time Zone, Central Time Zone|
||Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota (water border), Ohio, Wisconsin|
|Highest Point||Mount Arvon, 1,979 feet|
|National Parks||Isle Royale National Park|
|State Population (2015)||9,922,576|
|State Population Density||174.7 people / square mile|
||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)
Government & Legislature
|State Fish||Brook trout|
||Apple blossom |
|State Game Mammal||White-tailed deer|
||Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you)|
|State Reptile||Painted turtle|
|State Soil||Kalkaska sand|
|State Stone||Petoskey stone|
|State Wildflower||Dwarf lake iris|
Popular Tourist Attractions
- Mackinac Island: Island and resort area in Lake Huron, in the state of Michigan.
- Detroit Zoo: Zoo in Royal Oak, Michigan.
- Michigan's Adventure: Amusement park and water park in Muskegon, Michigan.
- Sleeping Bear Dunes: National lakeshore located along the northwest coast of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.
- Mackinac Bridge: Suspension bridge that connects the Upper and Lower Peninsula of Michigan.
- Greenfield Village: Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.
- Detroit Institute of Arts: Art museum in Detroit, Michigan.
- John Ball Zoo: Zoo in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
- Binder Park Zoo: Zoo in Battle Creek, Michigan.
- DTE Energy Music Theatre: Music venue in Village of Clarkston, Michigan.
- Detroit Opera House: Theater in Detroit, Michigan.
- Michigan International Speedway: Car racking track in Brooklyn, Michigan.
- Porcupine Mountains: Group of small mountains spanning the northwestern Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
- The Henry Ford: Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.
- Grand Rapids Public Museum: Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
- Isle Royale National Park: Island and national park located in Lake Superior, in the state of Michigan.
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
- Alice Cooper
- 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.
This page was last updated on December 13, 2016.