Capital: Lansing

State Abbreviation/Postal Code: Mich./MI

U.S. Representatives: 15

Organized as Territory: Jan. 11, 1805

Entered Union (rank): Jan. 26, 1837 (26)

Present constitution adopted:  April 1, 1963 (effective Jan. 1, 1964)

Motto: Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice
(If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you)

State Symbols
Flower: apple blossom (1897)
Bird: Robin (1931)
Mammal: White-tailed deer (1997)
Fishes: Trout (1965), Brook Trout (1988)
Gem: Isle Royal Greenstone (chlorastrolite) (1972)
Stone: Petoskey stone (1965)
Tree: White Pine (1955)
Soil: Kalkaska Soil Series (1990)
Reptile: Painted Turtle (1995)
Flag: Blue charged with the arms of the state (1911)
Wildflower: Dwarf Lake Iris (1998)

Nickname: Wolverine State

Origin of name: From Indian word "meicigama" meaning "Great Water"

10 largest cities - 1. Detroit 2. Grand Rapids 3. Warren 4. Sterling Heights 5. Flint 6. Lansing 7. Ann Arbor 8. Livonia 9 Clinton
10. Dearborn

Land area: 56,804 sq. mi. (147,122 sq. km)

Geographic center: In Wexford Co., 5 mi. NNW of Cadillac

Number of counties: 83

Largest county by population: Wayne

Largest county by area: Marquette

State parks and recreation area: 97

Residents: Michigander, Michiganian, Michiganite





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