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Winter on Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Winter on Lake Michigan - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
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About Michigan

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Location map of Michigan state USA
Where in the United States is Michigan? Location map of Michigan in the US.

Michigan is situated in the East North Central region of the United States. The state's name is the French version of the Ojibwa word mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake".

Michigan is bordered by the Canadian province of Ontario; by the U.S. states of Ohio and Indiana, and Wisconsin, and it shares a water boundary with Illinois and Minnesota.
Michigan has shorelines at four of the five Great Lakes: Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Lake Erie.

Short History
Michigan Topographic Regions Map
Topographic Map of Michigan.

From 1660 until the end of French rule, Michigan was part of the Royal Province of New France. French-Canadian fur traders and Jesuit Missionaries were the first European to explore and settle in the region in the 17th century. In 1691, the French established Fort St. Joseph, a trading post on the St. Joseph River, and in 1701 they founded Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit (Fort Detroit). The town became soon a major fur-trading and shipping post. In 1760, French Montreal fell to the British forces ending the French and Indian War (1754–1763) and the region of today Michigan became part of the British Province of Quebec.

The population of Michigan Territory (effectively consisting of Detroit and the surrounding area) grew slowly until the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, connecting the Great Lakes and the Hudson River and New York City. The new route brought a large inflow of people. By the 1830s, Michigan had 80,000 residents, more than enough to apply and qualify for statehood. Michigan entered the Union on 26 January 1837 as the 26th state.

Mackinac suspension bridge connecting  Michigan's two peninsulas
Mackinac suspension bridge (aka "Big Mac") is spanning the Straits of Mackinac, it connects Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas.
Image: Justin Billau

Michigan is an unusual shaped US state, for it is situated on two separate peninsulas.
The state covers an area of 250,485 km² (96,713 sq mi) [1] making it slightly larger than the United Kingdom. It is the largest of the East North Central states, but it would fit almost seven times into Alaska.

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The Wolverine State (its nickname) is divided into the Upper and Lower Peninsulas, which were physically separated from one another until the construction of the Mackinac Bridge in 1957 which provided easy access from one part to the other.

Upper Peninsula
Tahquamenon River Falls,  Upper Peninsula of Michigan
The Upper Falls of Tahquamenon River in Tahquamenon Falls State Park on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The 145 km long (90 mi) river empties into Lake Superior.
Image: Dennis Buchner

The Upper Peninsula features low rolling hills and occasional swamps in the east and higher hills with a rugged terrain in the west.
The eastern section of the Upper Peninsula is part of the Great Lakes Plain while the western section from Lake Superior into the Porcupine Mountains lies within the Superior Upland.

Lower Peninsula
The Lower Peninsula, also part of the Great Lakes Plains, is bordered on the west by Lake Michigan, on the east by Lake Huron and Lake Erie, and on the south by Indiana and Ohio. The terrain is made up of law rolling hills in the southernmost part and flat lands interspersed with hills in the northernmost section.

The Lower Peninsula includes four major landforms.
Harvest Moon over Lake Michigan
Harvest Moon over Lake Michigan. The third largest of the Great Lakes (by water surface) is the only Great Lake located entirely in the United States.
Image: Kenneth Snyder
The Hilly Moraines, covering the bottom half of the area, is composed of moraines, or low ridges, occurring at 10- to 25-mi intervals. The Beaches and Dunes section of the Lower Peninsula is comprised of low forest-covered areas alternating with high bare dunes. The High Plains and Moraines section, located north of Muskegon-Saginaw Bay, contains higher ridges. The Eastern Lower Plains Lowlands, extending from the Saginaw Bay area to the tip of the Lower Peninsula, encompasses the most industrialized section of the state, including Detroit.

Michigan State Capitol in Lansing
Rendered image of Michigan State Capitol in Lansing. The Neoclassical revival building houses the legislative branch of the government of Michigan.
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Michigan the 10th most populous US state with a population of 9.93 million (est. 2018) [2]. Capital city is Lansing, largest city is Detroit and largest metropolitan area is Metro Detroit (second largest U.S. metropolitan area). Other major cities (with a population of more than 100,000) are Grand Rapids, Warren, Sterling Heights, Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Flint.

By far the busiest airport in the state is Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (IATA code: DTW).

Cities and Towns in Michigan

The map shows the location of following cities and towns in Michigan:

Major cities:
Detroit, Grand Rapids (Michigan's second largest city), Warren, Sterling Heights, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Flint, Dearborn, and Livonia.

Skyline of Detroit, Michigan
Skyline of Detroit at the riverbank of Detroit River, with Renaissance Center to the right, seen from south. Michigan's primate city is the state's largest urban center, its metropolitan area, known as Metro Detroit, is home to 4.3 million people, almost half of Michigan's entire population.
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Other Michigan cities and towns:

Adrian, Alma, Alpena, Battle Creek, Bay City, Benton Harbor, Big Rapids, Burton, Cadillac, Cheboygan, Clare, Coldwater, Copper Harbor, Crystal Falls, East Lansing, Escanaba, Frankfort, Gaylord, Gladstone, Grand Haven, Grayling, Hancock, Harrisville, Holland, Houghton, Iron Mountain, Ironwood, Ishpeming, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kentwood, L'Anse, Ludington, Mackinaw City, Manistee, Manistique, Marquette, Menominee, Midland, Monroe, Mount Pleasant, Munising, Muskegon, Negaunee, Newberry, Niles, Norton Shores, Ontonagon, Owosso, Petoskey, Pontiac, Port Austin, Port Huron, Portage, Reed City, Rogers City, Saginaw, Sault Ste. Marie, Saint Ignace, Saint Johns, Saint Joseph, Standish, Tawas City, Taylor, Three Rivers, Traverse City, Troy, and Wyoming.

The detailed map below is showing the US state of Michigan with boundaries, the location of the state capital Lansing, major cities and populated places, rivers and lakes, interstate highways, principal highways, and railroads.

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Reference Map of Michigan
Reference Map of Michigan State

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