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The automobile is the single commodity with which Michigan is most identified. It is the home of the big three automakers: General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler.  More than 50% of Michiganders live in the southeastern corner of the state, where the car industry flourishes.

In the Upper Peninsula, across the Straits of Mackinac, lumber and copper have been the principal commodities from the 19th century, and the northern part of the Lower Peninsula boasts rich farmland.

Michigan's boundaries include parts of four of the five Great Lakes. It has more coastline than any state except Alaska.

Michigan has had an outstanding reputation in higher education. The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and Michigan State are helping to foster the state's high tech industries.

The state's heavy reliance on auto manufacturing makes it vulnerable to economic downturns, as well as the general contraction of the American industry.

The name Michigan comes from the Fox "mesikami", "large lake." It's nicknames are the Wolverine State and the Lake State.

Michigan's capital is in Lansing. Michigan. The state entered the Union on January 26, 1837 as the 26th state.

The state motto is "Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice," "If you are looking for a beautiful peninsula, look around you!"


  • Bird - Robin
  • Fish - Brook Trout
  • Flower - Apple Blossom
  • Gem - Isle Royale Greenstone (Chlorastrolite)
  • Insect - Dragonfly
  • Song - "Michigan, My Michigan" (unofficial)
  • Stone - Petoskey Stone
  • Tree - White Pine

    Michigan, My Michigan

    A song to thee, fair State of mine,
    Michigan, my Michigan.
    But greater song than this is thine,
    Michigan, my Michigan.
    The whisper of the forest tree.
    The thunder of the inland sea;
    Unite in one grand symphony
    Of Michigan, my Michigan

    I sing a State of all the best,
    Michigan, my Michigan;
    I sing a State with riches bless'd
    Michigan, my Michigan;
    Thy mines unmask a hidden store,
    But richer thy historic lore,
    More great the love thy builders bore,
    O Michigan, my Michigan.

    Sung to the melody of the Christmas song "O Tannenbaum."


    Total area of Michigan is 58,527 square miles (23rd largest in USA) including 1573 square miles of inland water. Michigan's borders are Lake Superior, Ontario, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Ohio, Indiana, Lake Michigan and Wisconsin. Some rivers are the Brule, Detroit, Kalamazoo, Menominee, Montreal, Muskegon, St. Joseph, and the St. Mary's.

    Major lakes include: Burt, Higgins, Houghton, Huron, Manistique, Michigan, Mullett, St. Clair, and Superior.

    Other Notable features include: Isle Royale, Mt. Curwood (1,980'), Saginaw Bay, Traverse Bay and Whitefish Bay.


    (1993) 9,477,545 (8th in nation).
    Race/National origin (1990):

    CITIES - 1990


    Gross State Product (GSP, 1990) $188.04 Billion (9th in the nation).

    Sectors of GSP:

    Fortune 500 companies (1993): 22 including General Motors, Ford Motor, Chrysler, Dow Chemical, Whirlpool, Kellogg, Upjohn, Dow Corning, Gerber Products, Thorn Apple Valley and La-Z-Boy Chair.




    Awesome Almanac : Michigan
    Everything you wanted to know!
    - by Jean Blashfield , Annette Newcomb(Compiler)
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