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What you need to know about Michigan:
The largest state east of the Mississippi River and the 10th most-populated state in the US, Michigan is a land of Great Lakes. There are 4 Great Lakes that border Michigan - Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Lake Erie and there are over 11,000 inland lakes in the State.
Michigan is the only state in the US to have two peninsulas, the Upper & Lower, which are separated by the Straits of Mackinac. The Upper Peninsula is rugged and mountainous, home to the mighty Porcupine Mountains, Huron Mountains and Mt. Arvon. The Lower Peninsula is mostly-flatland, with the terrain turning hilly the closer one gets to the North. Michigan is also one of the few US states to have seven islands and an archipelago to its name.
Many of Michigan’s lakes and Great Lakes function as the state’s commercial waterways, acting as the transport hub of the state.
Michigan Ethnic history
Based on 2018 population estimates, Michigan's population stands at just over 9.9 million people. 5.8% of this is under five years, 21.8% is under 18 years, 55.7% between 19 & 64 years and 16.7% over 65 years. Over 50.8% of the population is female.
Approximately 79.4% of the population is white, 14.1% back/African-American, 5.1% Hispanic/Latino, 3.2% Asian, 2.4% mixed-race, 0.7% American-Indian/Alaskan-native and less than 0.5% Pacific Islander/native-Hawaiian.
The primary language spoken is English, followed by Spanish and Arabic.
Michigan 12-recognized Native American tribes residing in the State – the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe), Hannahville Indian Community, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Bay Mills Indian Community, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians and Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians.
The State of Michigan is a republic state, governed by three separate entities – the Governor of Michigan Richard Dale Snyder (the 48th Governor of Michigan from the Republican party), the House of Representatives & Senate and the Judicial Courts.
Two Michigan senators, Democrats Debbie Stabenow, and Gary Peters currently the serve the US Senate as Class 1 and Class 2 senators respectively. Stabenow has been a US Senator since 2000.
Former-President of the United States Barack Obama campaigned for Michigan Democrats in 2012 and won 16 electoral votes at 54%.
Michigan Top cities of Michigan
The fifth most-populated city of Michigan and the State Capital, Lansing is the cultural, educational, political and commercial hub of the State. It offers some of the most notable historic landmarks and academic institutions in the State. Funnily, Lansing is the only US-capital to not be a county seat. Mason gets the honor here.
One of the largest and diverse cities of Michigan, Detroit is the heart of America’s commercially-successful automotive industry, giving it the name “Motor City." Some of the largest music record brands and artists hail from Detroit. This city has seen massive economic and cultural growth through the years.
- Grand Rapids
Michigan’s lush forests and successful furniture industry call Grand Rapids home, making this lightly-populated city extremely famous across the country. Many of Michigan’s art institutes, museums and conservatories have been set-up here. The city is also renowned for its breweries.
Other important cities of Michigan are:
- Sterling Heights
- Ann Arbor
- Clinton Township
Michigan Most-lucrative industries
Michigan is famed across the US for its work in the Medical Technology industry. It’s allied industry – Health Care – is also highly-developed, with over 17% of the State’s population having health care-related jobs. The Cybersecurity industry is also the most state-of-the-art in the country, offering its services across America. Other lucrative industries include:
- Composite materials manufacturing
- Life sciences
Must-visit landmarks and places in Michigan
- Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge
- Detroit Institute of Arts
- Ann Arbor
- Frederik Meijer Gardens
- Heidelberg Project
- Isle Royale National Park
- E. Olds Transport Museum
- Mackinac Bridge
- Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary
- Mackinac Island
- Matthaei Botanical Gardens
- Cass River
- Michigan Stadium
- Motown Museum
- The Henry Ford
- Kruizenza Art Museum
- Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
- Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
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