Statehood: January 26, 1837, the 26th state
Total Area: 11th among
states, 253,793 sq km (97,990 sq mi)
Water Area: 103,328 sq km
(39,895 sq mi)
Highest Point: Mount
Arvon, 603 m (1,979 ft)
Shore of Lake Erie; 572 feet
Total Population: 8th among states
2010 census - 9,883,640
Population Density in 2010:
174.8 people per sq mi
Distribution in 2000: 75.2%
Urban, 24.8% Rural
Gross State Product - $372.4
Personal income per Capita - $34,025 (2009)
Largest cities in 2010:
Grand Rapids: 188,040
Rapids was the first city in the U.S. to put fluoride in their
world’s largest weather vain in located in Montague. It stands 48 feet tall and weighs 3,500 pounds.
Its wind arrow is 26 feet long.
first state police radio system in the world was established in 1929
by the Michigan State Police.
1939, the Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit manufactured the
first air-conditioned car.
Claire holds the annual International Cherry Pit Spitting
Championship contest. The
record set in 1988, was for spitting 72 feet, 7 1/2 inches.
has the only floating post office in the world. The J.W. Westcott II delivers mail to ships still underway.
five miles between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan, The
Mackinac Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the
first people in the nation to receive assigned phone numbers lived
in Detroit in 1879.
sand can be found on the beaches of Grand Haven. The sand particles make a whistling sound as you walk upon
has 116 lighthouses and navigational lights.
first soda pop made in the U.S., Vernor’s ginger ale, was created
by accident in 1866 in Detroit.
world’s largest registered Holstein dairy herd is in Elsie.
In 1862 the current Michigan State University became the first land grant
college in the United States.
who produced his first experimental car in 1893, founded the Ford Motor
Company in 1903.
Michigan is a
leading state in the ownership of recreational boats and in the sale of
hunting and fishing licenses.
- The Great Lakes account for one-fifth of the
world's surface freshwater supply.
- Michigan has approximately 40 ski resorts.
- Michigan has more than 4,000 miles of snowmobile trails.
- Mackinac Bridge: Completed in 1957, the
five-mile-long suspension bridge (WORLD'S LONGEST SUSPENSION BRIDGE)
connects Michigan's peninsulas across the Straits of Mackinac.
- State Size: 57,022 square miles of land
- 38,575 square miles of Great Lakes water
- 11,037 inland lakes
- 3,200 miles of shoreline
- 36,000 miles of rivers and streams Lake Superior
is the largest freshwater lake in the world, 31,820 square miles. More
than 90 percent of the Upper Peninsula's land is forested. Maples,
aspen, oak, evergreen, and elms are cut and shipped throughout the
nation in all seasons.
- More than 150 waterfalls
- There are 3.9 million acres of state forest land
with about 150 campgrounds and 2.7 million acres of national forest
with some 80 campgrounds.