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Michigan, the "Great Lakes State" "Wolverine State"

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Michigan gets its name from an Ojibwa (Chippewa) Indian word meaning "large lake." in 1837, Michigan became the 26th state in the Union. Michigan is one of the nation's leading manufacturing states and it leads in the production of automobiles. Detroit, Michigan's largest city, is called the Automobile Capital of the World or Motor City. Michigan touches four of the five Great Lakes - Erie, Huron, Michigan and Superior. It also has an additional 11,000 smaller lakes. The state's 5,000 kilometer shoreline is longer than that of any other state except Alaska. Michigan has year-round activities for people who enjoy sports and the outdoors. Michigan has an unusual geography, as it consists of two land masses - the sparsely populated Upper Peninsula and the mitten-shaped Lower Peninsula, home to most of the state's residents.

Michigan hat seinen Namen von dem Ojibwa (Chippewa) Wort für "großer See" erhalten. 1837 wurde Michigan als 26. Staat in den Verbund aufgenommen. Michigan ist einer der führenden Bundesstaaten der herstellenden Industrie. Er steht an erster Stelle bei der Kraftfahrzeugproduktion. Detroit, Michigans größte Stadt, wird „Autohauptstadt der Welt" oder „Motorstadt" genannt. Michigan berührt vier der fünf Großen Seen: den Eriesee, den Huronsee, den Michigansee und Lake Superior. Neben den Großen Seen hat Michigan 11.000 kleinere Seen aufzuweisen. Mit 5.000 Kilometern Seeufer besitzt Michigan mehr Ufer- bzw. Küstenland als irgendein anderer Staat mit der Ausnahme Alaskas. Für Leute, die Sport und Natur mögen, hat Michigan das ganze Jahr über etwas zu bieten. Die Geographie Michigans ist ungewöhnlich, da es aus zwei Landmassen besteht - der dünn besiedelten Upper Peninsula und der Lower Peninsula, die in ihrer Form einem Handschuh ähnelt, der Heimat des Großteils der Bevölkerung.

Governor: Jennifer Granholm, D (to Jan. 2011)
Senators: Carl Levin, D (to Jan. 2015); Debbie A. Stabenow, D (to Jan. 2013)
House of Representatives: 15 districts | Search by zip code

Population (July 2005):
10,121,000; National Rank: 8; Percent change since April 2000: 1.8%
Land Area: 56,809 sq mi.; National Rank:
10 largest cities (2005 est.): Detroit, 886,671; Grand Rapids, 193,780; Warren, 135,311; Sterling Heights, 128,034; Flint, 118,551; Lansing, 115,518; Ann Arbor, 113,271; Livonia, 97,977; Dearborn, 94,090; Westland, 85,623

Gross State Product 2005 prel. (billions of current dollars): 377.9
Per Capita Personal Income 2005: $33,116; National Rank: 24
State Exports 2005 (millions of dollars):
37,584; National Rank: 5
Dairy products, cattle, vegetables, hogs, corn, nursery stock, soybeans.
Industry: The largest industries in 2001 were services, durable goods manufacturing, and state and local government.

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