Michigan (MI)


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

Sports Teams: Find the best High School, College, League, and Professional sports teams of Michigan State

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

Bordering States: The State of Michigan has 5 neighbors namely, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota , Ohio and Wisconsin | List of US Regions

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

Zip Codes: Michigan Zip Codes

Famous People: Find out all the information about the famous people born in Michigan

State Symbols


Bird: Robin | List of State Birds

State Animal: White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

State Fruit: Tart Cherry

State Gemstone: Chlorastrolite

Flag:  The design on Michigan’s deep blue field has three mottos: On a red ribbon – “One Nation Made Up of Many States”, “On a blue shield – “I will Defend” and “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. Michigan 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

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

Lowest Point: Michigan; 572 feet, 38th lowest

Geographic Center:  Wexford, 5 miles northwest of Cadillac

Blank Outline Maps: Find printable blank map of the State of Michigan , without names, so you can quiz yourself on important locations, abbreviations, or state capital.

City Guide:  Visit Michigan City Guide for a look at geography, local history, architecture, and culture.


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

Government Offices Directory:  Find all information here at the Michigan government offices directory

Electoral College Votes:  16 Votes

Vital Records: Find out all the information about the vital records for the state of Michigan



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