I've been all over the state of Michigan including both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas. Michigan is such a beautiful state with so much to offer. It's a great place to call home and the cost of living here is very reasonable.

According to thefactfile.org, Michigan is the 10th most populous and the 11th most extensive of the 50 states of the United States. The state attained statehood on January 26, 1837, becoming the 26th state to join the union.

Here are 10 interesting facts about the Great Lakes State we call home:

1. Michigan's inland lakes and ponds. There are an estimated 65,000 bodies of water in Michigan. That would put any person within a distance of six miles from a natural water source. I'm only 2 miles away from Lake Lansing.

2. Home to three major automobile manufacturing companies in the world. They are General Motors, Chrysler LLC and Ford Motor company.

3. Mackinac Bridge. One of the most beautiful sights you will ever see in the state of Michigan. It is 5 miles long and connects the Upper Peninsula to the other parts of the state.

4. Michigan borders 4 of the 5 Great Lakes. They are Superior, Huron, Michigan, and Erie. I've been to at least 4 out of the 5 Great Lakes. Lake Michigan is still my favorite.

5. First factory to assemble cars on a moving assembly line. It's called the Highland Park Ford plant, here in Michigan. In 1978, it became a National Historic Landmark.

6. Mount Arvon. This is Michigan's highest point which lies in the Upper Peninsula. More than 40% of the state is covered in water, which is more than any other state. I have not visited Mount Arvon quite yet, but it is on my to do list.

7. Home to 360 bird species. That also includes the rare Kirtland's Warbler. These birds require areas with small jack pines for nesting.

8. Lighthouses. Michigan has over 150 lighthouses. The most of any U.S. state. I've seen at least 20 of them here in Michigan. And that does include Ludington and Traverse City.

9. Most valuable fruit crop. Apples are the largest and most valuable fruit crop in Michigan. The state has 11.3 million apple trees. Michigan is the third largest apple producing state in the U.S.

10. Michigan State University. MSU is one of the top 30 public universities in the United States. It was founded in 1855 and today it is one of the largest universities in the U.S. (thefactfile.org)

There are so many wonderful and interesting facts about Michigan, please click on one of the above links for more facts.

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