Michigan covers 96,810 square miles and has a population of 9,938,444 people. Michigan’s capital is Lansing which has a population of 119,128. Other important cities are Detroit (pop. 951,270), Grand Rapids (pop. 197,800), Warren (pop. 138,247), Flint (pop. 124,943), Sterling Heights (pop. 124,471), Ann Arbor (pop. 114,024), Livonia (pop. 100,545), Dearborn (pop. 97,775) and Westland (pop. 86,602).
Michigan was admitted to the Union on January 26, 1837 as the 26th state. The state flower is the “Apple Blossom” and its’ nicknames are the “Wolverine State” and the “Great Lakes State”. Michigan is bordered byIllinois, Indiana, Minnesota (water border), Ohio and Wisconsin. Michigan’s economy is broken into two categories; agriculture and industry. Dairy products, apples, blueberries, cattle, vegetables, hogs, corn, nursery stock and soybeans provide for the agricultural side. While Motor vehicles and parts, machinery, fabricated metal products, food processing, chemical products, mining and tourism provide for the industrial side.