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Did you know that the state of Michigan is situated in the Midwest area of America? Did you know that Michigan is the 26th state of the U.S. constitution? Our selection of interesting, cool fun facts and information will help you increase your knowledge on this fascinating American State.

Fun Fact 1: The name Michigan originated from American Indian word "majigan" which mean "clearing"

Fun Fact 2: The state flag is a field of blue which centrally depicts the state coat of arms. The coat of arms consists of an elk and a moose either side of a shield; the word "Tuebor" which means "I will defend", appears above an image of a sun rise over a lake, and a male figure with one hand raised, the other holding a long gun, he represents peace and the defence of civil liberties. Below the shield is a white banner that displays the state motto, above the shield is a bald eagle it holds an olive branch and a 3 arrows. Above the eagle on a red banner are the words from the official US motto "E Pluribus Unum," which translates "Out of many, one,"

Fun Fact 3: The state has 83 Counties. The Capital city of Michigan is Lansing

Fun Fact 4: The area of the State covers 250,493 square kilometers or 96,716 square miles

Fun Fact 5: There are four states that border Michigan they are; Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and Minnesota

Fun Fact 6: The Michigan state nickname is The Wolverine State. It is believed that the name originated during a dispute known as the Toledo war, the Michiganians were reputed as being as 'vicious and bloodthirsty as wolverines'

Fun Fact 7: State symbols include; animal symbol - the whitetail deer. State bird symbol - the robin. State flower symbol - apple blossom. State reptile emblem - painted turtle. State tree - white pine

Fun Fact 8: The official State Song is "Michigan, My Michigan" it was written by Giles Kavanagh and the music was composed by H. O'Reilly Clint

Fun Fact 9: The three largest cities in Michigan are Detroit, Grand Rapids and Warren

Fun Fact 10: The State Motto is "Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam, circumspice" the Motto translated reads "If you seek a pleasant Peninsula, look about you"

Fun Fact 11: A brief history of Michigan - The region was explored by the French in 1618. Control was conceded to Great Britain in 1763, and then to the United States over twenty years later (1783-1796). Michigan became the 26th State to be admitted to the Union on January 26, 1837

Fun Fact 12: The abbreviation letters for the state of Michigan are - Mich. The Postal Code abbreviation is - MI

Fun Fact 13: There are approximately 20 million acres of forest in Michigan; the forests cover approximately 53% of the State. The most common tree species in Michigan are: sugar maple, red maple, quaking aspen, northern white cedar, quaking aspen, northern red oak, white pine, eastern hemlock, basswood and black cherry

Fun Fact 14: Michigan is also known as the “Great Lake State", there are 64,980 lakes and ponds within the region, it is said that where ever you are in the state, you are less than 9.7 km (6 miles) from a natural water source

Fun Fact 15: The US Department of Commerce Census Bureau states that the Population of Michigan in 2012 was an estimated 9,883,360. This compares to a population of 2,420,982 in the 1920 census

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