Michigan State Facts

Michigan State Facts

Map of Michigan Map of US

The State of Michigan

Michigan State Flag
The State of Michigan's Flag
Michigan State Seal
The State of Michigan's Seal
Nickname(s):
The Wolverine State
The Great Lakes State
The Automotives State
Water Wonderland (former)
Capital
Lansing
Largest city
Detroit
Area
- Ranked 11th
- Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 kmē)
- Width 239 miles (385 km)
- Length 491 miles (790 km)
- % water 41.5
- Latitude 41°41'N to 47°30'N
- Longitude 82°26'W to 90°31'W
Population
Ranked 8th
- Total (2000) 9,938,444
- Density 179/sq mi 67.55/kmē (15th)
- Median income $44,627 (21st)
Elevation
- Highest point Mount Arvon 1,979 ft (603 m)
- Mean 902 ft (275 m)
- Lowest point Lake Erie 571 ft (174 m)
Historical Populations
CensusPop
18003,757
18104,76227%
18207,45256%
183028,004276%
1840212,267658%
1850397,65487%
1860749,11388%
18701,184,05958%
18801,636,93738%
18902,093,89028%
19002,420,98216%
19102,810,17316%
19203,668,41231%
19304,842,32532%
19405,256,1069%
19506,371,76621%
19607,823,19423%
19708,875,08313%
19809,262,0784%
19909,295,2970%
20009,938,4447%
2005 est10,120860
From United States Census
Admission to Union
January 26, 1837 (26th)
Governor
Jennifer Granholm (D)
U.S. Senators
Carl Levin (D) Debbie Stabenow (D)

State Symbols

  • State nicknames: Wolverine State, Great Lakes State, Mitten State, Water Winter Wonderland
  • State motto: Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice (Latin: If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you). This is a paraphrase of a statement made by British architect Sir Christopher Wren about his influence on London.
  • State song: My Michigan (official since 1937, but disputed amongst Michiganders, see Michigan's State Songs)
  • State bird: American Robin (since 1931)
  • State animal: Wolverine (traditional, though not codified)
  • State game animal: White-tailed Deer (since 1997)
  • State fish: Brook Trout (since 1965)
  • State reptile: Painted Turtle (since 1995)
  • State fossil: Mastodon (since 2000)
  • State flower: Apple Blossom (adopted in 1897, official in 1997)
  • State wildflower: Dwarf Lake Iris (since 1998). Known as Iris lacustris, it is a federally listed threatened species.
  • State tree: White Pine (since 1955)
  • State stone: Petoskey stone (since 1965). It is composed of fossilized coral (Hexagonaria pericarnata) from long ago when the middle of the continent was covered with a shallow sea.
  • State gem: Isle Royale greenstone (since 1973). Also called chlorastrolite (literally "green star stone"), the mineral is found on Isle Royale and the Keweenaw peninsula.
  • State soil: Kalkaska Sand (since 1990), ranges in color from black to yellowish brown, covers nearly a million acres (4,000 kmē) in 29 counties.

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