General Michigan Information
Capital: Lansing Largest City: Detroit
Demonym: Michiganian or Michigander Population: Ranked 8th in the US
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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
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


* 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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