Michigan is the 26th state admitted to the Union side of the United States of America in on January 26th, 1837. The state's capital is Lansing.

Michigan is the 11th largest state in the US at 250,494 square kilometers in size. 103,687 of those square kilometers are in water making it the second largest state by water area. It is the 8th most populate state thanks to Detroit

Michigan's state symbols include, bird: American robin, fish: brook trout, mammal: white-tailed, reptile: painted turtle, flower: apple blossom, wildflower: Dwarf Lake iris, tree: white pine, stone: petoskey stone, gem: chlorastrolite, soil: kalkaska soil, and fossil: mastodont.

The state motto is si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice which translates to if you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you. The word Michigan is derived from the Chippewa Indian word meicigama which means "great water."

Michigan touches four of the five Great Lakes, more than any other, giving it the longest freshwater coastline of any state. Because of the large coastline Michigan has more lighthouses (116) than any other state. Michigan also has more registered boat owners than any other state (over 1 million).

Some of the cities in Michigan include: Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren, Sterling Heights, Flint, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Livonia, Dearborn, Clinton, East Lansing, and Grand Blanc.

Michigan is the birthplace of the modern automotive industry housing the world headquarters of General Motors, Ford, and Daimler-Chrysler. Although Michigan is most famous by outsiders for its booming industry, most of the state is rural forest land.

michigan.gov - Michigan's official site.