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The 26th state in the USA, admitted on January 26, 1837.

Michigan is split into two peninsulas which are bounded by four of the five Great Lakes. Spanning the five mile wide channel which connects Lake Michigan to Lake Huron is the Mackinac Bridge, one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. Michigan has more shoreline than any other state except Alaska and the longest freshwater shoreline in the world. A leading grower of fruit in the United States, fruit orchards and vineyards are fed by 36,000 miles of streams that crisscross the state. Vacationers travel to Michigan to enjoy 11,000 inland lakes, the sand dunes running along its western shoreline, and annual festivals like the Tulip Time Festival and the National Cherry Festival. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is also a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

Some facts about Michigan:

State Abbreviation: MI
Population: 9,883,640
Area: 96,716 square miles
State Nickname: The Great Lakes State
State Motto: Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice
State Capital: Lansing
Largest City: Detroit
Official Web Site: http://www.michigan.gov/


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