Everything you should know when Moving to Michigan
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What can be more exciting than relocating to a State, which is known as the cereal bowl of America? Battle Creek in the state produces most of the cereal consumed in America. Michigan Movers & Shippers are proud to introduce you to the state of Michigan, currently ranked as the 39th Smartest State* in the United States.
Michigan Movers & Shippers have been involved in the relocation business for many decades now with an enviable list of loyal customers all across America. We offer cost-effective Mich moving quotes, truck rentals, Michigan storage and even Michigan auto relocation services to our esteemed customers.
We realize that no two customer demand can be identical. That is why at Michigan Movers & Shippers we have devised customized relocation plans which can suit any budget. We spend considerable resources in training our staff be it our front desk or on-the-road truck drivers – so you can expect the most professional moving services at Michigan from one company. We have included a host of information on our website about Michigan – its history and social facts – so that you find yourself comfortable after moving to a new surrounding.
The first European permanent settlement was established in 1668 at Sault Ste. Marie. After the Revolutionary War, the U.S. acquired most of the region. Bordering on four of the five Great Lakes, Michigan is divided into Upper and Lower peninsulas by the Straits of Mackinac, which link lakes Michigan and Huron. The two parts of the state are connected by the Mackinac Bridge, one of the world’s longest suspension bridges.
While Michigan ranks first among the states in production of motor vehicles and parts, it is also a leader in many other manufacturing and processing lines, including prepared cereals, machine tools, airplane parts, refrigerators, hardware, and furniture. The state produces important amounts of iron, copper, iodine, gypsum, bromine, salt, lime, gravel, and cement. The farm products include apples, cherries, beans, pears, grapes, potatoes, and sugar beets. Michigan’s forests contribute significantly to the state’s economy, supporting thousands of jobs in the wood-product, tourism, and recreation industries. With 10,083 inland lakes and 3,288 mi of Great Lakes shoreline, Michigan is a prime area for both commercial and sport fishing.
Points of interest are the automobile plants in Dearborn, Detroit, Flint, Lansing, and Pontiac; Mackinac Island; Pictured Rocks and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshores; Greenfield Village in Dearborn; and the many summer resorts along both the inland lakes and Great Lakes
Here are a few interesting facts about Michigan:
Racial break-up: White: 7,966,053 (80.2%); Black: 1,412,742 (14.2%); American Indian: 58,479 (0.6%); Asian: 176,510 (1.8%); other race: 129,552 (1.3%); Two or more races: 192,416 (1.9%); Hispanic/Latino: 323,877 (3.3%).
Motto: Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look around you)
Flower – apple blossom
Bird – robin
Mammal – white-tailed deer
Fishes – trout, brook trout
Gem – isle royal greenstone (chlorastrolite)
Stone – petoskey stone
Tree – white pine
Reptile – painted turtle
Flag – “Blue charged with the arms of the state”
Wildflower – Dwarf Lake iris
Nickname: Wolverine State
Origin of name: From Indian word “Michigana” meaning “great or large lake”
10 largest cities: Detroit, 886,671; Grand Rapids, 193,780; Warren, 135,311; Sterling Heights, 128,034; Flint, 118,551; Lansing, 115,518; Ann Arbor, 113,271; Livonia, 97,977; Dearborn, 94,090; Westland, 85,623
State parks and recreation areas: 97
Residents are called: Michigander, Michiganian, Michiganite
* The smartest State designation is awarded on the basis of 21 factors selected from Morgan Quitno’s Annual Reference Book, Education State Rankings, 2006-2007. Rates for each of the 21 factors were processed through a formula that measures how a state compares to the national average for a given category. The end result is that the farther below the national average a state’s education ranking is, the lower and less smart it ranks. The farther above the national average, the higher and smarter a state ranks.