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page last updated on August 8, 2011

   Introduction    Michigan

Michigan was the 26th state, admitted into the Union in 1837. Called the "Great Lakes State" because its shores touch four of the five Great Lakes, Michigan gets its name from an Ojibwa (Chippewa) Indian word meaning "large lake." Michigan has an unusual geography, as it consists of two land masses--the sparsely populated Upper Peninsula and the mitten-shaped Lower Peninsula, home to most of the state's residents. Detroit, its largest city, is known worldwide as the center of the American auto industry. The apple blossom is the state flower, the robin is the state bird and Lansing is the capital.

   Miscellaneous    Michigan

State Flower: Apple Blossom

State Motto: If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look around you

State Nickname: Wolverine State

State Bird: Robin

   Geography    Michigan

Land area, 2000 (square miles): 56,804

Length: 490 miles

Width: 240 miles

10 largest cities, 2010:
  1. Detroit, 713,777
  2. Grand Rapids, 188,040
  3. Warren, 134,056
  4. Sterling Heights, 129,699
  5. Lansing, 114,297
  6. Ann Arbor, 113,934
  7. Flint, 102,434
  8. Dearborn, 98,153
  9. Livonia, 96,942
  10. Clinton, 96,796

Geographic Center: 5 miles north-northwest of Cadillac

Geographic Center County: Wexford

Highest Point: 1,979 ft.-- Mt. Arvon

Lowest Point: 572 ft. — Lake Erie

Number of counties: 83

State parks and recreation areas: 96 (265,000 ac.)

Persons per square mile, 2010: 174

   People    Michigan

Population, 2010: 9,883,640
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010: -0.60%
Population, 2000: 9,938,492
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2009: 6.20%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2009: 23.60%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2009: 13.40%
Female persons, percent, 2009: 50.80%

White persons, percent, 2010 (a): 78.90%
Black persons, percent, 2010 (a): 14.20%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2010 (a): 0.60%
Asian persons, percent, 2010 (a): 2.40%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010 (a): Z
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2010: 2.30%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2010 (b): 4.40%
White persons not Hispanic, persons, 2010: 76.60%

Living in same house 1 year ago, pct 1 yr old & over, 2005-2009: 85.40%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2005-2009: 6.00%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2005-2009: 9.00%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 87.40%
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 24.50%
Veterans, 2005-2009: 751,248
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2005-2009: 23.7

Housing units, 2009: 4,541,680
Homeownership rate, 2005-2009: 74.60%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2005-2009: 17.80%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2005-2009: $147,500

Households, 2005-2009: 3,860,160
Persons per household, 2005-2009: 2.53
Per capita money income in past 12 months (2009 dollars) 2005-2009: $25,172
Median household income, 2009: $45,254
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009: 16.10%

(a) Includes persons reporting only one race.
(b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.

D: Suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information
F: Fewer than 100 firms
FN: Footnote on this item for this area in place of data
NA: Not available
S: Suppressed; does not meet publication standards
X: Not applicable
Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown

GDP Data — Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
Population and Economic Data — US Census Bureau
Government Data — Congress.Org

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