Michigan (US State) – The Best Guide, Must Knows & Fun Facts

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Michigan is the only U.S. state spread over two peninsulas, located in the Midwest along the Great Lakes. There are 65,000 lakes or ponds throughout the state, none of which are more than 10 kilometers from any point in the state. Economically, Michigan is known as a center of the automotive industry.

Michigan (US State) – The Best Guide, Must Knows & Fun Facts

Map of Michigan / Where is Michigan?

Table of Contents
  1. Basic information about Michigan
  2. What to See in the State of Michigan
  3. Fun Facts about Michigan
  4. Weather in Michigan
  5. Largest Cities in Michigan
  6. Food Prices in Michigan
  7. State Symbols of Michigan

Basic information about Michigan

  • State Name: Michigan
  • State Abbreviation: MI
  • Capital: Lansing
  • Largest City: Detroit
  • Area: 250,493 km2 (11th largest U.S. state)
  • Population: 9,986,857 (10th highest in the U.S.)
  • Time Zone: four counties in the north CST (UTC-6) and summer CDT (UTC-5), the rest of the state EST (UTC-5) and summer EDT (UTC-4)
  • More Information: Speed Limits in Michigan, Current Time in Michigan, Minimum Wage in Michigan

What to See in the State of Michigan

  1. Isle Royale National Park
  2. Detroit Institute of Arts
  3. The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn
  4. Ludington State Park
  5. Mackinac Island State Park
  6. Historic Greenfield Village
  7. Arch Rock Formation on Mackinac Island
  8. Maple Syrup Festival in Vermontville
  9. Capitol Building in Lansing
  10. Windmill Island

You can post tips for other sights and places of interest in Michigan in the discussion.

Fun Facts about Michigan

Michigan’s date of entry into the Union

January 26, 1837 (26th in order)

Michigan State Nickname

The Great Lakes State

The Highest Mountain in Michigan

Mount Arvon (603 metres)

Rivers in Michigan

  1. Grand River (406 km)
  2. Muskegon River (348 km)
  3. St. Joseph River (332 km)
  4. Manistee River (310 km)
  5. River Raisin (224 km)

Airports in Michigan

  1. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
  2. Grand Rapids – Gerald R. Fort International Airport
  3. Flint – Bishop International Airport
  4. Lansing – Capital Region International Airport
  5. Traverse City – Cherry Capital Airport

Michigan Sports Teams

  • NFL (American football): Detroit Lions
  • MLB (baseball): Detroit Tigers
  • MLS (football): no team
  • NHL (ice hockey): Detroit Red Wings
  • NBA (basketball): Detroit Pistons

University of Michigan

  • University of Michigan
  • Michigan State University
  • Wayne State University
  • Michigan Technological University

ZIP Codes


Weather in Michigan | Average Temperatures Michigan | Average Precipitation Michigan

Weather in Michigan

There are four seasons in Michigan, with significant differences between winter and summer. Winters in Michigan tend to be heavy with snow, with average temperatures just below freezing.

Michigan summers tend to be warm, but not extremely hot. Temperatures in July and August are around 20°C – 28°C in the shade. The south of the state is hit by several tornadoes during the year.

Current weather:

Largest Cities in Michigan

# City Population Map
1 Detroit 713,777 Show on Map
2 Grand Rapids 188,040 Show on Map
3 Warren 134,056 Show on Map
4 Sterling Heights 129,699 Show on Map
5 Lansing 114,297 Show on Map
6 Ann Arbor 113,934 Show on Map
7 Flint 102,434 Show on Map
8 Clinton 99,753 Show on Map
9 Dearborn 98,153 Show on Map
10 Livonia 96,942 Show on Map

Food Prices in Michigan

  • McDonalds Restaurant McMeal prices: $7.09
  • Restaurant Draft Beer (0.5L): $5.00
  • Cappuccino in restaurant: $4.70
  • Coca-Cola in restaurant (0.33 l): $1.82
  • Milk (1 l): $0.67
  • Bread (500 g): $2.36
  • Rice (1 kg): $3.70
  • Egg (12 pcs): $1.79
  • Cheese (1 kg): $8.81
  • Boneless chicken breast (1 kg): $7.99
  • Beef Loin (1 kg): $10.74
  • Apple (1 kg): $4.05
  • Bananas (1 kg): $1.23
  • Oranges (1 kg): $6.10
  • Tomatoes (1 kg): $4.05
  • Potatoes (1 kg): $2.87
  • Water (1.5 l bottle): $1.63
  • Bottle beer (0.5 l bottle): $2.90
  • Pack of Marlboro cigarettes: $7.50

Detroit grocery prices effective January 2021. Take these as a guide, prices vary widely from store to store. Tax is included in the price.

Michigan Flag | Michigan State Emblem

State Symbols of Michigan

  • Gemstone: chloroastrolite
  • Fossil: mastodon
  • Flower: apple blossom
  • Song: My Michigan
  • Snake: ornamental grass
  • Bird: Migratory thrush
  • Fish: American whitefish
  • Tree: pine woolly adelgid
  • Wild plant: lake cattail
  • Animal: Siberian wolverine

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