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Offical Name State of Michigan
Nicknames Mitten State, The Birthplace of Automotives, The Great Lakes State, Water Winter Wonderland, The Wolverine State
Abbreviations MI, US-MI
Origin of Name Misshikama meaning "Great Lake" in Ojibwe Indian language

Official Language None
Admission to Union 26 January 1837
Time Zones Central, Eastern
Official Web Site www.michigan.gov

Capital Lansing
Largest City Detroit
Population 9.938,444 (as of 2000 census)
Economy Agriculture: corn, soybeans, wheat, timber, fishing, cherries, blueberries, apples, grapes, peaches

Industry: automobile manufacturing, cereal manufacturing, information technology, computer software, pharmaceuticals, medical products, aerospace systems equipment, military equipment, lasers, financial services, energy equipment, fuel cells, furniture and seating manufacturing, copper, iron

Area 97,990 square miles (25,793 km2)
Major Rivers Grand River, Kalamazoo River, St. Clair River, St. Marys River, Detroit River
Major Lakes Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, Lake Superior, Lake Michigan
Highest Point Mount Arvon - 1,979 feet (603 meters)
Bordering States Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin
Bordering Country Canada
Bordering Bodies of Water Lake Eerie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior

Flag Michigan Flag
Motto "Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice" - If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you
Song My Michigan
Animal Wolverine
Game Animal White-tailed Deer
Bird American Robin
Fish Brook Trout
Reptile Painted Turtle
Fossil Mastodon
Flower Apple Blossom
Wildflower Dwarf Lake Iris
Tree White Pine
Stone Petoskey Stone
Gem Isle Royale Greenstone (Chlorastrolite)
Soil Kalkaska Sand

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