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10 Fast Facts About Michigan:
1/ 50% of the land in Michigan is covered with forests, and approximately a third of this land is owned by the Government. Forestry is an important sector in the Michigan economy and employs 43,478 people, or approximately 3.8% of the manufacturing workforce. The annual payroll of this group of people amounts to $1.3 billion.
2/ Michigan has the longest freshwater coastline of any political subdivision in the world, being bounded by four of the five Great Lakes, plus Lake Saint Clair. A person in the state is never more than six miles (10 km) from a natural water source or more than 85 miles (137 km) from a Great Lakes shoreline.
3/ Although Michigan is frequently referred to as the "Wolverine State" there are no longer any actual living wolverines in Michigan. The last of them were killed by fur traders in the early 1800's and are now mostly confined to Alaska, Idaho and certain parts of Northern Canada. There was a sighting of a single wolverine in Michigan in February 2004, near Ubly, which was the first confirmed sighting of a Wolverine in Michigan in over 200 years, but the animal was found dead in 2010 and none have been seen since.
4/ As of March 2012 there were 812,066 boats registered in Michigan, which is the third highest of any of the states.
5/ The official state bird of Michigan is the Robin, the official state tree is the White Pine, and the official state fish is the Painted Turtle.
6/ The official state flag of Michigan (see below) was adopted in 1911 and shows the state seal on a blue background. It consists of a man in a field with the sun rising over water in a shield supported by a moose and an elk. The idea behind this is that it symbolizes the state's resources, wealth and people. There is also an eagle that sits on the top of the shield which is meant to represent the state protecting these wealth and resources for its people. Additionally, the seal contains three Latin Mottos that translate to, "I will defend", "One out of many", and "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you."
7/ The city of Detroit also has another notable landmark in the history of commerical radio broadcasts, because as far back as 1920, the radio station of WWJ - AM in Detroit, Michigan became the very first radio station in the US to broadcast commercial programs (plus, also regular news broadcasts).
8/ The highest point in the state of Michigan can be found northwest of Marquette in the Huron Mountains at Mount Arvon, which is 1,979 feet (603 meters) high.
9/ Michigan averages 17 tornadoes per year and 30 days of thunderstorms per year (some of which can be severe)
10/ Here are some average low and high temperatures (in Fahrenheit) for various cities in Michigan in August: