Michigan Facts

State Location Michigan Location In The US
State Abbreviation MI
Statehood January 26, 1837
State Capital Lansing
State Size Total (Land + Water): 96,716 sq miles; Land Only: 56,804 sq miles
Number of Counties 83
State Population (2015)9,922,576
State Population Density174.7 people / square mile
Electoral Votes16
State Quarter Issue Date January 26, 2004
State Motto Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you)
State Flower Apple blossom
State Tree White pine
State Bird American Robin
Nickname Wolverine State
State Flag Michigan State Flag
State Gas Tax$0.3151 / Gallon
State Cigarette Tax$2.00 / Pack
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)
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.

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