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State of Michigan
Flag of Michigan Seal of Michigan
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Nickname(s): The Great Lakes State, The Wolverine State, The Mitten State, Water (Winter) Wonderland
Motto(s): Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice
(English: If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you)
Michigan in United States
Official language None (English, de facto)
Demonym Michigander, Michiganian or Yooper (in the Upper Peninsula)
Capital Lansing
Largest city Detroit
Largest metro Metro Detroit
Area Ranked 11th
 - Total 96,716 sq mi
(250,493 km2)
 - Width 386[1] miles (621 km)
 - Length 456[1] miles (734 km)
 - % water 41.5
 - Latitude 41° 41' N to 48° 18' N
 - Longitude 82° 7' W to 90° 25' W
Population Ranked 9th
 - Total 9,883,360 (2012 est)[2]
 - Density 174/sq mi  (67.1/km2)
Ranked 17th
 - Median household income $44,627 (21st)
Elevation
 - Highest point Mount Arvon[3][4]
1,979 ft (603 m)
 - Mean 900 ft  (270 m)
 - Lowest point Lake Erie[3][4]
571 ft (174 m)
Admission to Union January 26, 1837 (26th)
Governor Rick Snyder (R)
Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley (R)
Legislature Michigan Legislature
 - Upper house Senate
 - Lower house House of Representatives
U.S. Senators
U.S. House delegation 9 Republicans
6 Democrats (list)
Time zones  
 - most of state Eastern: UTC-5/-4
 - 4 U.P. counties Central: UTC-6/-5
Abbreviations MI, Mich. US-MI
Website michigan.gov
Michigan State symbols
Animate insignia
Bird(s) American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
Fish Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis)
Flower(s) Apple blossom (Malus domestica)
Wildflower: Dwarf Lake Iris (Iris lacustris)
Mammal(s) Unofficial:Wolverine (Gulo gulo luscus)
Game animal: White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
Reptile Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)
Tree Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus)

Inanimate insignia
Fossil Mastodon (Mammut americanum)
Gemstone Isle Royale greenstone or Chlorastrolite
Rock Petoskey stone
Soil Kalkaska Sand
Song(s) My Michigan website[dead link]

Route marker(s)
M-28

State Quarter
2004 MI Proof
Released in 2004

Lists of United States state insignia

Michigan ( /ˈmɪʃɪɡən/) is a state located in the Great Lakes region of the Midwestern United States. The name Michigan is the French form of the Ojibwa word mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake".[1][5] Michigan is the 9th most populous of the 50 United States, with the 11th most extensive total area. Its capital is Lansing, and the largest city is Detroit. Michigan was admitted into the Union on January 26, 1837, as the 26th state.

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Products and services include automobiles (Ford & GM in Detroit), food products, information technology, aerospace, military equipment, furniture, and mining of copper and iron ore. Michigan is the third leading grower of Christmas trees with 60,520 acres (245 km2) of land dedicated to Christmas tree farming. The beverage Vernors was invented in Michigan in 1866, sharing the title of oldest soft drink with Hires Root Beer. Faygo was founded in Detroit on November 4, 1907. Two of the top four pizza chains were founded in Michigan and are headquartered there: Domino's Pizza by Tom Monaghan and Little Caesars Pizza by Mike Ilitch. Michigan became the 24th Right to Work state in U.S. in 2012.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Michigan in Brief: Information About the State of Michigan" (PDF). Michigan.gov. Retrieved on 2006-11-28.
  2. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named PopEstUS
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Elevations and Distances in the United States". United States Geological Survey (2001). Retrieved on October 24, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Elevation adjusted to North American Vertical Datum of 1988.
  5. "Freelang Ojibwe Dictionary". Freelang.net.

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Preceded by
Arkansas
List of U.S. states by date of statehood
Admitted on January 26, 1837 (26th)
Succeeded by
Florida

Coordinates: 44°20′N 85°35′W / 44.34°N 85.58°W / 44.34; -85.58

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