- U.S. State: Michigan
- Abbreviation: MI
- Joined the USA: January 26th, 1837 (26th State)
- Located: Midwestern United States
- Capital City: Lansing, MI
- Most Populated City: Detroit, MI
35 Michigan Facts for Kids
- Michigan is a state in the United States of America.
- Michigan became a U.S. State on Thursday, January 26th, 1837.
- Michigan was the 26th state to join the United States.
- The U.S. state of Michigan covers 96,716 square miles.
- Michigan is the 11th largest state by area in the United States.
- In 2019, the population of Michigan was estimated to be 9,987,000 residents by the U.S. Census Bureau.
- In 2019, Michigan was the 10th most populated state in the United States.
- A person who is from or lives in Michigan is called a Michigander or a Michiganian.
- The capital city of Michigan is Lansing.
- The four most populated cities in Michigan are Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren and Sterling Heights.
- The largest city by population in Michigan is Detroit.
- The largest metropolitan area in Michigan is the Detroit metropolitan area.
- The U.S. state of Michigan has 83 counties.
- The most populated county in Michigan is Wayne County with 1,749,000 residents (2019, U.S. Census Bureau).
- The largest county by area in Michigan is Keweenaw County with 5,966 square miles.
- The highest elevation point in Michigan is Mount Arvon at 1,979 feet above sea level.
- The lowest elevation point in Michigan is Lake Erie at 571 feet above sea level.
- The average precipitation (rain and snow) in Michigan is 32.7 inches.
- Michigan is the 35th wettest state by precipitation (rain and snow) in the United States.
- The average temperature in Michigan is 46.6 °F.
- Michigan is the 39th warmest state in the United States.
- The warmest temperature ever recorded in Michigan was 112 °F on July 13th, 1936.
- The coldest temperature ever recorded in Michigan was -51 °F on February 9th, 1934.
- A few natural disasters that can affect Michigan are blizzards, heat waves, ice storms, lightning, river flooding and thunderstorms.
- Michigan is in two time zone, Central Time Zone (CT) and Eastern Time Zone (ET).
- The USPS abbreviation for Michigan is MI.
- Michigan is also known as the Wolverine State.
- The official state motto for Michigan is “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.”
- The official state flower of Michigan is the apple blossom (Pyrus coronaria).
- The official state wildflower of Michigan is the dwarf lake iris (Iris lacustris).
- The official state tree of Michigan is the white pine (Pinus strobus).
- The official state fish of Michigan is the brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis).
- The official state reptile of Michigan is the painted turtle (Chrysemys picta).
- The official state bird of Michigan is the robin (Turdus migratorius).
- The official state fossil of Michigan is the mastodon.
Pictures of Michigan
A picture of the flag of the U.S. state of Michigan.
A picture of Lansing, the capital city of Michigan.
A picture of Detroit, the largest city in Michigan.
Additional Resources on Michigan
- About Michigan – Discover more about the U.S. state of Michigan on the Michigan.org website.
- History of Michigan – Learn about the history of Michigan on the History Channel website.
- Facts About Michigan – Find more facts about Michigan on the Circle Michigan website.
- Michigan – Wikipedia – Read this detailed article about the U.S. state of Michigan on the Wikipedia website.