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Year Entered the Union: 1837 – 26th State in the Union

Name Origin: Derived from the Indian words, “michi-gami”, meaning “large lake”

Nicknames: Great Lakes State, Winter Wonderland, Wolverine State

State Capital: Lansing

Number of Counties: 83

  • Michigan leads the nation in the registration of pleasure boats and snowmobiles.
  • Michigan’s park system contains 96 individual state parks spread over 260,000 acres.
  • First in the nation with roadside parks and picnic tables.
Other Resources:
  • Michigan Facts: includes factoids on geography, vacations, demographics and history.
  • Michigan Information Center's - Facts and Figures: A wealth of demographic, economic, educational, geographic and recreational data is available on this web site. The information is primarily related to Michigan.
  • Michigan in Brief: addresses Michigan public policy issues, describes local government organization and the three branches of state government, explains the state budget process, contains useful appendices, including economic forecasts, census information and other data.



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