Michigan State Facts and Symbols

Michigan became the 26th state in 1837 and is the 10th largest state by population with almost 10 million residents. It is also the 22nd largest state by land and water area with a total area of 96,716 square miles. Michigan is home to Detroit, which is the nation's 11th largest city with a population of approximately 900,000 people.

The name Michigan came from the Indian words "Michi-gama" meaning large lake.

Included below are more facts and symbols, a state map, the state songs and views of the Michigan State Quarter.

Michigan State Flag

Michigan State Flag

Michigan State Facts

Michigan State Capital - Lansing

State Nickname - The Great Lake State

State Motto - "Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice"
(If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.)

State Flower - Apple Blossom

State Wildflower - Dwarf Lake Iris

State Tree - White Pine

State Bird - American Robin

State Fish - Brook Trout

State Game Mammal - White-tailed Deer

State Reptile - Painted Turtle

State Gemstone - Chlorastrolite

State Fossil - Mastodon

State Rock or Stone - Petoskey Stone

State Soil - Kalkaska Sand

Michigan State Map:

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Michigan State Map

Michigan State Songs:

Michigan, My Michigan
(Unofficial State song)

My Michigan
(Named "an" official song, but not "the" official song)

Michigan State Quarter

Michigan State Quarter - FrontMichigan State Quarter - Back

United States Mint 50 State Quarters© Program coin:
(United States Mint Images)


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