Basic Information

Postal Abbreviation: MI
Natives: Michiganian/ Michigander

Population. 2020:10,077,331
Legal Driving Age: 18
(*16 w/ Driver's Ed.)
Age of Majority: 18
Median Age: 32.6

Song: “My Michigan”
Lyrics: Giles Kavanagh
Music: H.J. O'Reilly Clint


Median Household Income:$52,668

Capital..... Lansing
Entered Union..... Jan. 26, 1837 (26th)

Present Constitution Adopted: 1964

Nickname: Wolverine State
Great Lake State

“Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice” (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look around you)

Origin of Name:
From the Indian word, Majigan– means “great or large lake”.





USS Michigan

Railroad Stations


Michigan Economy


AGRICULTURE: apples, blueberries,
cattle, cherries, cucumbers dry beans,
eggs, horses, milk.

MINING: bromine, gypsum, iron ore,
natural gas, petroleum, sand and gravel.

MANUFACTURING: automobiles,
chemicals, electronics, food processing,
furniture, machinery, metals, rubber,
transportation equipment.






Michigan Geography

Total Area: 96,705 sq. miles
Land area: 56,809 sq. miles
Water Area: 39,896 sq. miles
Geographic Center: Wexford
5 mi. NNW of Cadillac
Highest Point: Mount Arvon
(1,979 ft.)
Lowest Point: Lake Erie
(572 ft.)
Highest Recorded Temp.: 112˚ F (7/13/1936)
Lowest Recorded Temp.: –51˚ F (2/9/1934)

Michigan is divided into two parts: the upper and lower peninsula, divided by the Great Lakes. The lakes take up two thirds of the physical area of the state. The lower peninsula (where Detroit is located) is mainly flat. The Upper peninsula is mountainous.






Boston, 694,583
Worcester, 185,877
Springfield, 155,032
Lowell, 111,670
Cambridge, 105,162
New Bedford, 95,072
Brockton, 93,180
Quincy, 92,271
Lynn, 90,329
Fall River, 88,857

Michigan History

1668 The first permanent non-Indian settlement was established by Father
Jacques Marquette.
1679 Fort Miami is established.
1701 Fort Pontchartrain is established on the site of the present site of Detroit. 1805 The territory of Michigan is established with Detroit as the capital.
1812 British capture Detroit during the war of 1812. They evacuate Detroit after
Oliver Perry’s victory on Lake Erie.
1837 Michigan is admitted as the 26th state.
1908 Henry Ford produced the first Model T.
1967 A two day race riot kills 34.

2009 Federal Government Saves Auto Industry


Famous People

William Boeing, Sr.
Francis Ford Coppola film director;
Thomas E. Dewey
Gerald Ford
Henry Ford
Charles A. Lindbergh
Robin William
Stevie Wonder



Michigan National Sites

1) Isle Royale National Park
This National park is located on a archipelago in Lake Superior.

2) Father Marquette Nation Memorial
This memorial includes a museum and outdoor pavilion that commemorated the French Jesuit missionary Father Marquete who was the first European explorer of Michigan.