State Abbreviation - MI
State Capital - Lansing
Largest City - Detroit
Area - 96,810 sq miles
Population - 9,938,444 (as of 2000 by US Census Bureau)
Major Industries - Car manufacturing, Farming (corn, soybeans, wheat), Timber, Fishing
Origin of the Name Michigan - Michigan is from an Algonquian Chippewa Indian word "meicigama"
that means "big sea wate" (referring to the Great Lakes). State Nickname - Wolverine State
State Motto - "Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam, circum spice" [If you are seeking a amenable
(pleasant) peninsula, look around you]
State Song - Michigan, My Michigan
Governor - Jennifer Granholm (D)
U.S. Senators - Carl Levin (D), Debbie Stabenow (D)
Web Site - www.michigan.gov
Note - Facts from Wikipedia.com
- Detroit - Largest city in the state according to the 2000 census with 951,270 people. Also known as Motor City.
- Grand Rapids - Known as the Furnature City with the second largest population in the state (197,800).
- Warren - Third largest city in state with 138,247 people.
- Flint - Population 124,943 (The birthplace of General Motors, also known as "The Vehicle City")
- Sterling Heights - Fifth largest city in the state with a population of 124,471
- Lansing - The State Capital with a population of 119,128
- Ann Arbor - Home of the University of Michigan (population of 114,024)
- Livonia - Seventh largest city in Michigan with a population of 100,545
- Dearborn Ford Motor Company headquarters is located here; birthplace of Henry Ford. (population of 98,000)
- Clinton Township - Population of 95,648
- Battle Creek - Cereal City U.S.A.
- Bay City - Major port on the Saginaw River
- East Lansing - Michigan State University location
- Frankenmuth - Michigan's Little Bavaria, major tourist attraction
- Fremont - Baby Food Capital of the world - World Headquarters of The Gerber Products Company
- Holland - Home of the Michigan Dutch
- Marquette - Largest city in the Upper Peninsula with 19,661 people.
- Midland - Headquarters of the Dow Chemical Company and the Dow Corning Corporation
- Port Huron - Major international crossing and home of the Blue Water Bridge
- Sault Ste. Marie - Home of the Soo Locks and Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge
- Traverse City - The "Cherry Capital of the World", tourist attraction.