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|
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 August 21, 2016.