General Michigan Information
Capital: Lansing Largest City: Detroit
Demonym: Michiganian or Michigander Population: Ranked 8th in the US
9,938,444
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State Name: Michigan

Name Origin: Derived from the Indian word Michigama, meaning great or large lake.

Nicknames: Great Lakes State, Wolverine State

Statehood: Jan. 26, 1837 (26th)

Capital: Lansing, since 1847; prior to that, Detroit.

State Motto: Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice, which translates, "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you."

Population: According to the 2000 census, the population of Michigan is 9,938,444 (8th). The cities with the largest
population:
1. Detroit 951,270
2. Grand Rapids 197,800
3. Warren 138,247
4. Flint 124,943
5. Sterling Heights 124,471
6. Lansing 119,128
7. Ann Arbor 114,024
8. Livonia 100,545

Area:

* Michigan is the 10th largest state in the Union (combined land and water area).
* 58,110 square miles of land
* 1,305 square miles of inland water
* 38,575 square miles of Great Lakes water area
* 3,288 miles of Great Lakes shoreline
* Length: 456 miles
* Width: 386 miles
* Distance from northwest to southeast corner: 456 miles
* 11,037 inland lakes

Number of counties: 83

Members in the U.S. Congress: 17

State Senators: 38

State Representatives: 110


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