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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.
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.
Michigan is an unusual shaped US state, for it is situated on two separate peninsulas.
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The state covers an area of 250,485 km² (96,713 sq mi)  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.
The Upper Peninsula features low rolling hills and occasional swamps in the east and higher hills with a rugged terrain in the west.
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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.
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.
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.
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Michigan the 10th most populous US state with a population of 9.93 million (est. 2018) . 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:
Detroit, Grand Rapids (Michigan's second largest city), Warren, Sterling Heights, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Flint, Dearborn, and Livonia.
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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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