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 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
Official State Web Site - www.michigan.gov
Michigan, My Michigan
(Unofficial State song)
(Named "an" official song, but not "the" official song)
United States Mint 50 State Quarters© Program coin:
(United States Mint Images)