Some facts about Michigan are that Michigan is the 11th-largest state in the United States in terms of land but the 9th-largest state in terms of population, as of 2015. Bordering four of the five Great Lakes, Michigan has more shoreline than 48 other states, with only Alaska boasting a longer coast. In addition, Michigan has a large suspension bridge called the Mackinac Bridge.
83 counties make up Michigan's 96,810 square miles. The oldest county in the state is Wayne County, and the county incorporated in 1815. Residents did not build the state capitol building in Lansing until 1879.
The University of Michigan first began in Detroit in 1817 with the name Cathelepistemian. Michigan State University began in 1855 with a grant of land. At various points in Michigan's history, the English, Spanish and French flags flew over land that is now part of Michigan.
Residents of Michigan call themselves Michiganders, Michiganians or Michiganites. The state motto says that if a person wants to see a pleasant peninsula, she needs only to look around. 40 of the state's 83 counties border at least one of the Great Lakes. At any point in Michigan, a person is no farther than 85 miles from one of the Great Lakes.
Michigan is famous for car production, with Detroit known as the world's car capital. In addition, Michigan has more registered boats than any other state. In addition to the Great Lakes, Michigan has 11,000 inland lakes and 116 lighthouses.
The Mackinac Bridge is a suspension bridge that spans five miles over the Straits of Mackinac. Nicknamed The Mighty Mac, the Mackinac Bridge took three years to build. It opened to traffic in 1957.