Michigan Facts

Michigan Facts
Michigan is a state 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". See the fact file below for more information about Michigan.
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Capital
Lansing

Became a State
January 26, 1837 (26th)

Location
east north central United States

Area
96,716 sq. miles (11th)

Population
9,883,640 (8th)

Major Cities
Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren, Sterling Heights, Flint, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo

Products
blueberries, cherries, apples, grapes, peaches, wines, sugar beets, navy beans, soybeans, automobiles

Climate
humid continental climate – two distinct regions: lower peninsula has hot, humid summers and cold winters – Upper Penisula has warm, humid, hot, but shorter summers and long cold to very cold winters

Yearly Precipitation
averages 30 – 40 inches

Professional Sports Teams
Detroit Tigers (Major League Baseball)
Detroit Lions (National Football League)
Detroit Red Wings (National Hockey League)
Detroit Pistons (National Basketball Association)

Major Waterways
Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Straits of Mackinac, Lake St. Clair

Most Famous Citizens
Avery Brundage (businessman, sportsman)
Thomas Dewey (public official)
Edna Ferber (author)
Henry Ford (industrialist)
Will Kellogg (businessman)
Charles Lindbergh (aviator)

State Symbols
Bird – Robin
Flower – Apple Blossom
Animal – White-tailed Deer
Tree – White Pine
Insect – Green Darner Dragonfly