State Abbreviation MI
State Capital Lansing
State Size Total (Land + Water): 96,716 sq miles; Land Only: 56,804 sq miles
Number of Counties 83
Time Zone Eastern Time Zone, Central Time Zone
Bordering States Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota (water border), Ohio, Wisconsin
Highest Point Mount Arvon, 1,979 feet
National Parks Isle Royale National Park
State Population (2015) 9,922,576
State Population Density 174.7 people / square mile
Area Codes 231, 248, 269, 278, 313, 517, 586, 616, 679, 734, 810, 906, 947, 989
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Detroit (713,777)
Grand Rapids (188,040)
Sterling Heights (129,699)
State Bird American robin
State Fish Brook trout
State Flower Apple blossom
State Fossil Mastodon
State Game Mammal White-tailed deer
State Gem Chlorastrolite
State Motto Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you)
State Nickname Wolverine State
State Reptile Painted turtle
State Soil Kalkaska sand
State Stone Petoskey stone
State Tree White pine
State Wildflower Dwarf lake iris
•The name Michigan is derived from the Ojibwa Indian word "meicigama," meaning "large lake" or "large water."
•Michigan is the only state in the United Sates that touches four of the five Great Lakes (Huron, Michigan, Erie, and Superior).
•Michigan has world's only floating post office, a boat called J. W. Westcott II. It delivers mail to ships as they are underway.
•The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, a highway tunnel that connects Detroit, Michigan with Windsor, Ontario, Canada, is the first tunnel in the world that connects two countries.
•The Kalamazoo Mall is the first outdoor pedestrian shopping mall in the United States.
•Michigan has about 150 lighthouses, more than any other state in the United States.
•Battle Creek is called the Cereal Capital of the World. It is home to Kellogg's.
•In 1920, Detroit was home to the first four-way traffic light.
•Michigan is the only state made up of two peninsulas.
•In 1846, Michigan became the first state to abolish the death penalty (except for treason).
•In Michigan, it is unlawful to buy or sell cars on Sundays.
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