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US State
NicknameThe Great Lakes State, The Wolverine State
MottoSi quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you)
Official languagesNone (English, de-facto)
Largest cityDetroit
Largest metro areaMetro Detroit
Area Ranked11th
Total96716 sq mi 250493 km2
Width386 mi 621 km
Length456 mi 734 km
% water41.5
Pop. Rank8th
Median income$44,627 (21st)
Highest pointMount Arvon
1979 ft 603 m
Mean902 ft 275 m
Lowest pointLake Erie
571 ft 174 m
Other information
Admission to UnionJanuary 26, 1837 (26th)
GovernorRick Snyder (R)
Lieutenant GovernorBrian Calley (R)
LegislatureMichigan Legislature
Upper houseSenate
Lower houseHouse of Representatives
U.S. Senators 
U.S. House delegation9 Republicans
6 Democrats
- most of state - Eastern: UTC-5/-4
- 4 U.P. counties - Central: UTC-6/-5
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4

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Michigan c-enaudio=en-us-Michigan.oggˈmɪʃɨɡən is a U.S. state located in the Great Lakes Region of the United States of America. The name Michigan is the French form of the Ojibwa word mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake".

Michigan is the eighth most populous state in the United States, with the 2010 census placing its population at 9,883,640 residents. It has the longest freshwater coastline of any political subdivision in the world, being bounded by four of the five Great Lakes, plus Lake Saint Clair. Michigan is one of the leading U.S. states for recreational boating. The state has 64,980 inland lakes and ponds. A person in the state is never more than six miles (10 km) from a natural water source or more than 85 mi (136.8 km) from a Great Lakes shoreline. It is the largest state by total area east of the Mississippi River.

Michigan is the only state to consist entirely of two peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula, to which the name Michigan was originally applied, is often noted to be shaped like a mitten. The Upper Peninsula (often referred to as "The U.P.") is separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac, a five-mile (8 km)-wide channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. The two peninsulas are connected by the Mackinac Bridge. The Upper Peninsula is economically important for tourism and natural resources.

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