Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes Region of the Midwestern United States. The name Michigan is the French form of the Ojibua word Mishigamaa, meaning “large water” or “large lake”. Michigan is the 9th most populous of the 50 United States, with the 11th most extensive total area. Michigan was admitted into the Union on January 26, 1837, as the 26th state.
Largest City: Detroit
Michigan has 65,980 inland lakes and ponds
A person in the state is never more than six miles (9.7 km) from a natural water source or more than 85 miles (137 km) from a Great Lakes shoreline.It is the largest state by total area east of the Mississippi River.
Michigan is the only state to consist of two peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula, to which the name Michigan was originally applied, is often noted to be shaped like a mitten. The Upper Peninsula (often referred to as “the U.P.”) is separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac, a five-mile (8 km) channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. The two peninsulas are connected by the Mackinac Bridge. While sparsely populated, the Upper Peninsula is economically important as a tourist destination as well as for its abundance of natural resources.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and its partners are earning high marks for the state’s business-friendly climate, from influential business-ranking publications and from company CEOs themselves. A total of 240 businesses voted with their feet in 2009, investing more than $11 billion here in 2009. Michigan was ranked #3 in the US in 2009 with 371 projects in the Site Selection Governor’s Cup competition, and 12th in the magazine’s Business Climate Ranking Index that includes a number of development criteria. Michigan had the highest number of new and expanded facilities in 2009. The state has never been out of the top 10 ranking since 1997 (12,489 major new corporate facilities projects).
The Detroit region is home to such highly regarded universities such as the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Michigan State University. Along with expertise in automotive, manufacturing, legal and other professional services, there are a growing number of biotechnology enterprises as well as alternative/renewable energy businesses.