Michigan FAQ

Where is Michigan?

The state of Michigan is in the upper Mideast region of North America, south of the Canada–United States border below the Canadian province of Ontario. Michigan comprises two separate land masses, or peninsulas, caused by the formation of Lake Michigan.

It‘s bordered by three other Great Lakes which include Superior, Huron, and Erie, but not Ontario. The five Great Lakes are freshwater lakes, connected by channels that create a natural border between Canada and the United States. Known as America's fourth seacoast with a combine coastline of approximately 10,500 miles, the five Great Lakes, together, make up the largest body of fresh water on Earth.

What Time Zone is Michigan In?

The state of Michigan is in two time zones. Most of the state is in the Eastern Time Zone. Four counties (Gogebic, Dickinson, Iron, and Menominee) of the western upper Michigan peninsula are in the Central Time Zone.

What Region is Michigan In?

Michigan is a part of two regions in the United States: the Great Lakes region and the Midwestern region. Also, regional divisions used by the United States Census Bureau has Michigan in Region two, which is the Midwest, and in division three of the Midwest, which is the East North Central area along with Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

When Did Michigan Become a State?

Michigan Territory submitted an application to the U.S. Congress for statehood in 1833. Usually the petitioning territory, writes a state constitution after approval is given by the Congress according to the enabling act. But in 1834, Michigan didn't win approval on its first attempt at statehood, however, it did become the 26th state of the union on January 26, 1837.

What is the Capital of Michigan?

Lansing is the current capital of Michigan after Detroit. The majority of Lansing is situated in Ingham County, but parts of the city reach north into Clinton County and west into Eaton County. The fifth largest city in Michigan, Lansing became the new state capital of Michigan in 1847, ten years after Michigan acquired statehood.

Who is the Governor of Michigan?

The current governor of Michigan is Gretchen Whitmer, who is a member of the Democratic Party. She went through gubernatorial inauguration on January 1, 2019, as Michigan's 49th governor. She is eligible to run for a second four-year governing term under Michigan's term limits.

How Many Counties are in Michigan?

There are 83 counties in the state of Michigan. The county with the highest population is Wayne County with 1,820,584 people, which makes it the 19th most populated counties in the United States.

The largest county in Michigan by land size is Marquette County in the upper peninsula of Michigan. The county has a total area of 3,425 square miles, with 1,808 square miles of land and 1,616 square miles of water.

How Many People Live in Michigan?

The population of Michigan is 10,020,043 as of 2019, ranking Michigan as the 10th state with the highest population in the United States With a yearly growth rate of 0.29 percent and having 3.05 percent of the American people calling Michigan their home state, it is one of the largest states in the U.S. both by land mass and population.

What is the Minimum Wage in Michigan?

The current minimum wage in Michigan is $9.25 per hour as of January 1, 2018, which is more than the Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25 per hour. The weekly minimum wage for a 40-hour work week is $370.00 which adds up to be $19,240.00 for a yearly minimum wage income.

When people work over 40 hours per week, they earn an overtime wage of 1.5 times over the regular minimum wage. So in overtime, minimum wage is $13.88 per hour, with no daily or weekly cutoff for overtime worked.

How Big is Lake Michigan?

Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America and the only one located entirely inside the borders of the United States. Its maximum length is 307 miles and maximum width is 118 miles, with the shoreline measuring approximately 1,640 miles long.

The other four Great Lakes, shared by the U.S. and Canada, create a natural border between the two countries. Lake Michigan is the second-largest of the Great Lakes, after Lake Superior, by volume, which is 1,180 cubic miles and is the third-largest by the surface area of 22,404 square miles after Lake Superior and Lake Huron.

Lake Michigan is the largest lake on Earth that lies within one country by surface area, but Lake Baikal, in Russia, is larger by water volume. It is the fifth largest lake in the world, bordered by the U.S. states of Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan. A part of the large waterway of the Great Lakes, it has ports on its shoreline which belong to Muskegon, Michigan; Milwaukee; Chicago; Gary, Indiana; and Green Bay, Wisconsin.

How Deep is Lake Michigan?

Lake Michigan's average depth is 279 feet, with its greatest depth being 923 feet. It has an average elevation of 579 feet above sea level, containing a volume of 1,180 cubic miles of water. Lake Michigan's deepest region, lies in its northern-half of the lake, named Chippewa Basin after the prehistoric Lake Chippewa. It’s separated from South Chippewa Basin, by a relatively shallower area called the Mid Lake Plateau.