53 Facts About Michigan


Michigan has the longest freshwater coastline of any political subdivision in the United States, being bordered by four of the five Great Lakes and Lake St Clair.

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Michigan has the second-most water of any state, behind only Alaska.

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Michigan Territory was formed in 1805, but some of the northern border with Canada was not agreed upon until after the War of 1812.

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Michigan was admitted into the Union in 1837 as the 26th state, a free one.

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Michigan was recaptured by the Americans in 1813 after the Battle of Lake Erie.

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Michigan received the western part of the Upper Peninsula as a concession and formally entered the Union as a free state on January 26, 1837.

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Michigan led the nation in lumber production from the 1850s to the 1880s.

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Michigan made a significant contribution to the Union in the American Civil War and sent more than forty regiments of volunteers to the federal armies.

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Michigan modernized and expanded its system of education in this period.

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Michigan's economy underwent a transformation at the turn of the 20th century.

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Michigan held its first United States presidential primary election in 1910.

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Michigan converted much of its manufacturing to satisfy defense needs during World War II; it manufactured 10.

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Michigan is the leading auto-producing state in the US, with the industry primarily located throughout the Midwestern United States; Ontario, Canada; and the Southern United States.

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Metro Detroit area in Southeast Michigan is the state's largest metropolitan area and the eleventh largest in the United States.

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The Grand Rapids metropolitan area in Western Michigan is the state's fastest-growing metro area, with more than 1.

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Michigan has many popular tourist destinations, including areas such as Frankenmuth in The Thumb, and Traverse City on the Grand Traverse Bay in Northern Michigan.

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Michigan is governed as a republic, with three branches of government: the executive branch consisting of the Governor of Michigan and the other independently elected constitutional officers; the legislative branch consisting of the House of Representatives and Senate; and the judicial branch.

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Michigan has two official Governor's Residences; one is in Lansing, and the other is at Mackinac Island.

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Michigan has had four constitutions, the first of which was ratified on October5 and 6, 1835.

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Michigan was the home of Gerald Ford, the 38th president of the United States.

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Geographic orientation of Michigan's peninsulas makes for a long distance between the ends of the state.

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Feature of Michigan that gives it the distinct shape of a mitten is the Thumb.

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Michigan has about 150 lighthouses, the most of any U S state.

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Michigan has a continental climate, although there are two distinct regions.

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Center of population of Michigan is in Shiawassee County, in the southeastern corner of the civil township of Bennington, which is northwest of the village of Morrice.

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Michigan has the largest Dutch, Finnish, and Macedonian populations in the United States.

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Western Michigan is known for the Dutch heritage of many residents, especially in Holland and metropolitan Grand Rapids.

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When Michigan became a state in 1837, the boundary of the Diocese of Detroit was redrawn to coincide with that of the State; the other dioceses were later carved out from the Diocese of Detroit but remain part of the Ecclesiastical Province of Detroit.

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Michigan is home to the largest mosque in North America, the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn.

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Battle Creek, Michigan, is the birthplace of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which was founded on May 21, 1863.

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In 2017, 3, 859, 949 people in Michigan were employed at 222, 553 establishments, according to the U S Census Bureau.

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Michigan is the third leading grower of Christmas trees with 60, 520 acres of land dedicated to Christmas tree farming.

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Two of the top four pizza chains were founded in Michigan and are headquartered there: Domino's Pizza by Tom Monaghan and Little Caesars Pizza by Mike Ilitch.

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Michigan was second in the U S in 2004 for new corporate facilities and expansions.

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From 1997 to 2004, Michigan was the only state to top the 10, 000 mark for the number of major new developments; however, the effects of the late 2000s recession have slowed the state's economy.

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In 2008, Michigan placed third in a site selection survey among the states for luring new business which measured capital investment and new job creation per one million population.

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From 2007 to 2009, Michigan ranked 3rd in the U S for new corporate facilities and expansions.

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Michigan's workforce is well-educated and highly skilled, making it attractive to companies.

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Michigan led the nation in job creation improvement in 2010.

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Michigan's personal income tax is a flat rate of 4.

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Article IX of the Constitution of the State of Michigan provides limitations on how much the state can tax.

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Wide variety of commodity crops, fruits, and vegetables are grown in Michigan, making it second only to California among U S states in the diversity of its agriculture.

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Michigan produces wines, beers and a multitude of processed food products.

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Michigan is home to very fertile land in the Saginaw Valley and Thumb areas.

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Many school districts in rural areas of Michigan cancel school on the opening day of firearm deer season, because of attendance concerns.

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In 2020, Michigan consumed 113, 740-gigawatt-hours of electrical energy and produced 116, 700-gigawatt-hours of electrical energy.

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Michigan is served by four Class I railroads: the Canadian National Railway, the Canadian Pacific Railway, CSX Transportation, and the Norfolk Southern Railway.

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The vast majority of rail service in Michigan is devoted to freight, with Amtrak and various scenic railroads the exceptions.

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From 2009 to 2019, over 200 private schools in Michigan closed, partly due to competition from charter schools.

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University of Michigan is the oldest higher-educational institution in the state, and among the oldest research universities in the nation.

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Major theaters in Michigan include the Fox Theatre, Music Hall, Gem Theatre, Masonic Temple Theatre, the Detroit Opera House, Fisher Theatre, The Fillmore Detroit, Saint Andrew's Hall, Majestic Theater, and Orchestra Hall.

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Michigan is home to one of the major canoeing marathons: the 120-mile Au Sable River Canoe Marathon.

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Michigan is traditionally known as "The Wolverine State", and the University of Michigan takes the wolverine as its mascot.

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