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Michigan Almanac
 
Michigan got its name from the Indian word meaning "Great Lake." This state touches on all but one of the Great lakes and has 40,000 square miles of water within its boundaries. Woodland Indians lived in the land when French explorers and fur traders first came to it.  Once the timber, minerals, and fertile soil were discovered, settlers flocked to Michigan. They stayed to make this state first in production of automobiles, breakfast cereals, furniture, cherries, cucumbers, navy beans, and seedling pines.
 
Quick Facts
 
Michigan  "Wolverine State" Admitted to the Union: Thursday, January 26, 1837 Capital: Lansing Motto: Si Quaeris Peninsulam Ameonam, Circumspice (If You Seek a Beautiful Peninsula, Look Around) Land Area (square miles): 58,216
 
Population Statistics
 
1810         4,762
1820         8,896
1830         31,639
1840         212,267
1850         397,654
1860         749,113
1870         1,184,059
1880         1,636,937
1890         2,093,890
1900         2,420,982
1910         2,810,173
1920         3,668,412
1930         4,842,325
1940         5,256,106
1950         6,371,766
1960         7,823,194
1970         8,875,083
1980         9,262,078
1990         9,295,297
 
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