Map of Michigan and Flag | Michigan Outline, Cities, Counties and Road Map

Illustrated map of the state of Michigan, USA. Travel and attractions

Map of Michigan | Michigan Outline, Cities, Counties and Road Map


Michigan offers something to everyone, whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, food lover or love to immerse yourself in the city life. There are just endless possibilities for you and it does not matter whether you’re alone or with family. Simply stunning snowy scenery, starry skies, family entertainment, outdoor adventures, shopping, dining and staying local, anyone in Michigan will experience it all.

What is Michigan famous for?

Let’s hit you up with a fact, the Michigan Coastline is approximately 3,288 miles long, making it the longest Freshwater coastline in the United States of America. Therefore, Michigan is aptly known for the fishing industry. However, Forestry is also a great scheme in the State. Around ninety percent of the Upper Peninsula has tree cover. 

Why is Michigan called the Wolverine State?

This is pretty awkward because experts and scientists believe that there aren’t many wolverines in Michigan, so one might wonder why it is called the Wolverine State. One suggestion is that in Michigan, fur merchants used to swap animal pelts, including wolverines. Another concept includes a land tussle with Ohio in 1835. At the time, people from Ohio named “wolverines” to their Michigan neighbors as an insult.

Why is Michigan divided in two parts?

When the Michigan Territory campaigned for statehood, census misunderstanding and some form of lousy maps left a sample of land known as “the Toledo Strip” contested by both Michigan and Ohio. Tensions escalated and both parties raised forces and triggered the short and almost nonviolent Toledo War. To mediate a compromise, the Jackson Presidency moved in. In the federal government, Ohio had far more power and Michigan reluctantly agreed for a deal where it got the Upper Peninsula balance (it already had some of it) in return for giving up its claims to the Toledo Strip.

Michigan Flag

Michigan Flag
Michigan Flag

The flag of Michigan has a blue field and there are several different symbols and logos printed on it. The coat of arms, resulting from the Michigan state seal, has three Latin mottos: “E pluribus unum” (“One out of many”), “Tuebor” (“I will defend”), and “Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice” (“If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you”). There’s also a bald eagle at the upper portion, with an elk and a moose side by side under the eagle. Between the animals is a man holding up a shotgun.

Michigan Flag meaning

The meaning of the Latin translations is pretty clear. The bald eagle symbolizes America’s freedom. Meanwhile the elk and the moose are commonly found animals in Michigan. The man holding a shotgun represents the struggle for freedom. One tiny detail that is also observed is that his one hand is raised which represents peace.

Population of Michigan

The total population of Michigan is 9,986,857 people. The percentage of white people is 79.2%, the percentage of Black or African American people is 14.1%, the percentage of Asians is 3.4%. while the remaining 3.3% is people with various other ethnicities. 

Michigan Languages spoken

Michigan does not have any official language. Of course, English is the most widely used language and is a major mode of communication among people originating from different ethnicities. Other languages spoken include:

  • Spanish
  • Arabic
  • German
  • Chinese
  • French

Interesting Facts about Michigan

  • The only location with a floating post office in the world is Michigan. The J.W. Westcott II is the world’s only vessel carrying mail to vessels when they’re still mostly on route. This has been going on for about 125 years.
  • In Montague, the world’s biggest weathervane is installed. It is forty-eight-foot high and thirty-five hundred pounds in weight. The arrow of the wind is twenty-six feet long.
  • Michigan State University has the biggest student population of any Michigan university on a single campus. It is the state’s largest educational institution and one of the country’s largest universities.
  • Battle Creek was made the Cereal Capital of the World by the Kellogg Company. The Kellogg brothers inadvertently invented the flaked cereal product manufacturing process and sparked the start of the dry cereal industry.
  • There are also sand dunes on the western shore of Michigan. 460 feet above Lake Michigan, the Sleeping Bear Dunes begin rising. The dwarf lake iris, the state’s official wildflower, grows in the dunes.
  • A person standing anywhere in the state is within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes.
  • In Detroit, Vernors ginger ale was created and became the first soda pop manufactured in the United States. In 1862, when he was called away to represent the nation in the Civil War, pharmacist James Vernor was attempting to make a new beverage. When he returned, 4 years later, he had developed a delightful gingery taste from the drink he had kept in an oak box.

Best Places to visit in Michigan

Mackinac Island – Travelling to Mackinac Island will make you feel as if you have traveled back in time. There are various horse-drawn carriages and buildings based on Victorian Architecture. Visitors can try some of its world-famous fudge while being on Mackinac, visit historical sites such as Fort Mackinac and explore its state park, which occupies over 80 percent of the island.

Grand Rapids – There are various public art museums and different historic sites in Grand Rapids which attract plenty of tourists. But, the main attraction of Grand Rapids are the breweries. Grand Rapids has become an award-winning beer destination, so much so that it has earned the nickname of Beer City USA. There are guided tours as well as hotels that offer beer pints as souvenirs. 

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – The Sleeping Bear Dunes are known for their serene beauty and stunning views. To enjoy their environment, tourists can climb up to the top of the dunes or enjoy a nice lunch at the base. The national park also provides almost 100 miles of hiking, biking, skiing and snowshoeing trails, including the Heritage Trail of the Sleeping Bear, which swirls its way past several of its dunes and bodies of water across the lakeshore.


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