The capital of Michigan is Lansing. The state's name was a French derivation of the Ojibwe word "mishigama," which means "large water," or "large lake. " The state borders four of the five Great Lakes'”Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. It is home to more lighthouses than any other state in the United States. The state is known for its manufacturing. It leads the production of motor vehicles and parts in the United States, and is also a major producer of prepared cereals, machine tools, airplane parts, refrigerators, hardware and furniture. The state also produces iron, copper iodine, bromine, salt, lime, gravel, cement, as well as agricultural products such as apples, cherries, beans, pears, grapes, potatoes and sugar beets.
Area: 52,419 sq mi (ranks 30th)
Governor: Rick Snyder
Largest cities: Detroit