Welcome to Michigan
Michigan is a state in the Midwestern and the Great Lakes regions of the United States.
The nickname for Michigan is often called “The Great Lakes State” and sometimes also “Water Wonderland”.
The name Michigan originates from the Ojibwe word mishigamaa (an indigenous language of North America), meaning “large water” or “large lake”. Michigan is the only state that touches four of the five Great Lakes.
The capital of Michigan is Lansing but the largest city of Michigan is Detroit.
Michigan is the tenth most populous of the 50 United States, with a population of about 10 million and Michigan is the largest state by total area east of the Mississippi River.
Michigan is the only state in the U.S to consist of two peninsulas, The Lower Peninsula and The Upper Peninsula.
The state of Michigan also has the longest freshwater coastline of any political subdivision in the world and 64,980 inland ponds and lakes. There are never more than six miles (9.7 km) from a natural water source in Michigan.
Michigan has a continental climate with two distinct regions. The southern and central parts of the Lower Peninsula have a warmer climate with hot summers and cold winters. The Upper Peninsula and northern part of Lower Peninsula has also warm summers but shorter and long very cold winters.
During the winter, Michigan has heavy lake-effect snow (which is produced when a cold air mass moves across long expanses of warm lake water).
The coldest recorded temperature in Michigan is −51 °F (−46 °C) at Vanderbilt on February 9, 1934.
The state of Michigan averages 30 days of thunderstorm activity and 17 tornadoes per year and these can be severe, especially in the southern part of the Michigan state.
Farther north, in Central Michigan, Northern Michigan, and the Upper Peninsula, tornadoes are rare.
For a decade since 2009 (the end of the worst recession in generations), Michigan’s economy has grown slow and steady and Michigan is now enjoying the longest economic recovery in more than a century (2019).
Michigan is the third leading grower of Christmas trees with 60,520 acres (245 km²) of land dedicated to Christmas tree farming.
There are nearly 100 Christmas tree farms across the Michigan state.
The soft drink company Faygo was founded in Detroit on November 4, 1907 and Domino’s Pizza (founded on 9 december 1960) has it’s headquarter in Detroit.
Before the September 11 attacks and the early 2000’s recession Detroit and Michigan was well known for it’s automotive industry like GM, Ford and Chrystler.
Michigan draw nature enthusiasts and hunters from all of the United States and Canada and the lakes, forests and thousands of miles of beaches are top attractions for tourists visiting Michigan. Hunting and fishing are also significant industries in the state.
Charter boats are based in many Great Lakes cities to fish for salmon, trout, walleye, and perch.
The “National Cherry Festival” and the “Tulip Time Festival” also draws a large number of tourists every year.
In Detroit visitors especially want to see “The Henry Ford” museum, Detroit zoo, Detroit Institute of Arts and also sports in Detroit.
Detroit is the largest American city and metropolitan region to offer casino resorts, the Michigan state also has the highest number of golf courses and is a world-class scuba diving destination.
Quick facts about Michigan
- Nickname: The Great Lakes State
- Capital city: Lansing
- Largest city: Detroit
- Area: 96,716 sq mi (250,493 km2) (ranked 11th of 50)
- Population: 9,995,915 (2,018) (ranked 10 of 50)
- Highest point: Mount Arvon
- Lowest point: Lake Erie
- Latitude: 41° 41′ N to 48° 18′ N
- Longitude: 82° 7′ W to 90° 25′ W
- Bordering states: Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and water border with Minnesota and Illinois