Michigan (MI)

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Quick Facts

Capital City:  Lansing

Abbreviation:  MI

Population (2019): 9,895,622; Rank: 9 of 50 | Population Quick Facts

Region:   Midwest

Admission to Statehood:  January 26, 1837 (26th State)

State Motto: Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice translates to If you seek a pleasant peninsula look about you

State Nickname: Wolverine State / Great Lakes State

Origin of State Name:  Based on the Ojibwa Indian word misshikama  meaning “great water,” referring to the Great Lakes


Area Codes:  231, 248, 269, 313, 517, 586, 616, 734, 810, 906, 947, 989

Zip Codes: Michigan Zip Codes



State Symbols


Bird: Robin | List of State Birds

The design on Michigan’s deep blue field has three mottoes:

On a red ribbon – “One Nation Made Up of Many States”
On a blue shield – “I will Defend”
On a white ribbon – “If You Seek a Pleasant Peninsula, Look Around”
On the blue shield the sun rises over a lake and peninsula, a man with raised hand and holding a gun represents peace and the ability to defend his rights. The elk and moose are symbols of Michigan, while the eagle represents the United States. Flag adopted 1911. Get this Flag

Flower: Apple Blossom (Malus coronaria) | Other State Flowers

Soil:  Kalkaska

Song:  “Michigan, My Michigan”Words by: Douglas Malloch |  Music by:W. Otto Meissner  Other State Songs |Sheet Music


Tree:   Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus) | Other State Trees

Quarter: State outline, outline of Great Lakes system Michigan Quarter | List of State Quarters



michigan on a US map


Area: 96,810 sq.mi (250,737 sq.km.), 11th
Land: 56,809 sq.mi. (147,135 sq.km.), 22nd
Water: 40,001 sq.mi. (103,602 sq.km.), 2nd
Great Lakes: 38,192 sq.mi. (98,917 sq.km.),1st

Largest Cities: Detroit | Warren | Sterling Heights | Ann Arbor | Flint | Dearborn | Livonia | Westland

Border States:   Illinois | Indiana | Minnesota (water border) | Ohio | Wisconsin | List of US Regions

Highest Point: Mt. Arvon ; 1,980 feet, (603 m.), 38th tallest

Lowest Point: Michigan; 572 feet, 38th lowest

Geographic Center:  Wexford, 5 miles northnorthwest of Cadillac

National Parks: 


Absolute Center: 45°3.7’N / 84°56.3’W
Relative Center: Wexford, 5 miles north northwest of Cadillac
Distance Between U.S. Cities


State Government

Governor:  Gretchen Whitmer (D)

Senators: Deborah Ann Stabenow (D)  Gary Peters (D)

Representatives:  House Senate

Constitution:  Michigan Constitution

Electoral College Votes:  16 Votes




Agriculture: Dairy products, apples, blueberries, cattle, vegetables, hogs, corn, nursery stock, soybeans.

Industry: Motor vehicles and parts, machinery, fabricated metal products, food processing, chemical products, mining, tourism.

White Pages:   Michigan White Pages