State of Michigan
Counties, Government, Facts and History
The State of Michigan was organized as territory on Jan. 11 1805 and entered the union as the 26th state on Jan. 26 1837. It has 83 Counties. The capital is Lansing and the official state website is michigan.gov/.
The State of Michigan is bordered by Wisconsin (west) Ohio (south) Indiana (south) Minnesota (across Lake Superior). It has a land area of 96,810 square miles making it the 11th largest state.
The 2010 population was 9,883,640 and the largest cities (2010) are Detroit 713,777; Grand Rapids 188,040; Warren 134,056; Sterling Heights 129,699; Lansing (Capital) 114,297; Ann Arbor 113,934; Flint 102,434; Dearborn 98,153; Livonia 96,942; Clinton Township 96,796.
The State of Michigan name is from an Algonquian Chippewa Indian word "meicigama" that means "big sea wate". The State Nickname is the Wolverine State and the State Motto is "Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circum spice" which means If you are seeking a amenable (pleasant) peninsula look around you.