MICHIGAN FACTS

State Name: “Michigan” is derived from the Native American word “Michigama,” meaning large lake.

State Nickname: The “Wolverine State.”

Capitol: Lansing, since 1847.

Admission to the Union: On January 26, 1837, Michigan became the 26th state.

State Motto: Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice 
(If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.)

Size of State: Length: 456 miles; width: 386 miles. Area: 59,954 square miles of land; 1,573 square miles of inland lakes; and 38,575 square miles of Great Lakes.

Population as of the 2010 Census: 9,883,640.

Population Ranking: 8th among 50 states.

Inland Lakes in State: 11,037.

Number of Counties: 83.

Number of State Senators: 38.

Number of State Representatives: 110.

A living flag on the Capitol's steps on Memorial Day, 1904.  Admiral George Dewey, hero of the Spanish-American war, is visible on the left.
In 1897 the Michigan Legislature designated the apple blossom our official state flower. It was the first official state symbol adopted in Michigan.
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STATE SYMBOLS
decorative flourish used to seperate sections

State Flower: The apple blossom, adopted in 1897.

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State Seal: Adopted by the legislature in 1911.

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State Bird: The robin, adopted in 1931.

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State Tree: The white pine, adopted in 1955.

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State Stone: The Petoskey stone, adopted in 1965.

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State Gem: Chlorastrolite (known as “greenstone”), adopted in 1972.

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State Fish: The brook trout, adopted in 1988.

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State Soil: The Kalkaska Soil Series, adopted in 1990.

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State Reptile: The painted turtle, adopted in 1995.

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State Game Mammal: The white-tailed deer, adopted in 1997.

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State Wildflower: The dwarf lake iris, adopted in 1998.

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State Fossil: The mastodon, adopted in 2002.

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