About Michigan Cities
Michigan is the 8th-most populous state
representing 3.6% of the nation's population. It is growing at a steady,
sustainable rate with a population of 9,863,775 according to U. S. Census
Michigan's largest city is Detroit, on the Detroit River. Familiarly
known as the Motor City (or Motown, for the local record company known for
the highly original sound of the pop music recorded there). Michigan is the
automobile capital of the world. Ford Motor Company, Daimler
Chrysler and General Motors employ many Michigan Residents. The name of the city itself is often used
as a synonym for the automotive industry.
A major Great Lakes port,
Detroit has large steelworks, rolling mills, and many other industries.
Grand Rapids, the second largest city, is a transportation center that is
also well known for the manufacture of quality furniture. The state's third largest city is
Warren - primarily a blue-collar city and a nice place to raise a family.
- Flint, about 58 miles
(93 kilometers) northwest of Detroit, is a major automobile-manufacturing
center that was once a large producer of horse-drawn vehicles.
noted for its automobiles, is west of Detroit. It has an outlet to the
Great Lakes through the River Rouge.
- Saginaw lies near Saginaw Bay, an arm
of Lake Huron. Once the center of a thriving lumber industry, Saginaw is
now noted for its agriculture and general manufacturing businesses.
state capital is Lansing in the south-central part of Michigan.
- Pontiac is
an industrial city northwest of Detroit on the Clinton River. Its chief
products are automobiles and parts, trucks, and buses.
- The largest city in
the southwestern part of the state is Kalamazoo, which is the center of
Michigan's paper industry. Transportation equipment, pharmaceuticals, and
metal products are also manufactured here.
Largest Cities (1990 census)
- Detroit (1,027,974). Industrial city; Great Lakes port; automobile
manufacturing; steel; robots; computers; Ambassador Bridge; Detroit
Institute of Arts; Detroit Cultural Center; Children's Museum;
Cranbrook Academy nearby; University of Detroit; Wayne State
- Grand Rapids (189,126). City on Grand River; trade center for
western Michigan; furniture; automobile bodies and parts;
appliances; paper products; in center of fruit-growing area; Calvin
College and Theological Seminary; Aquinas College.
- Warren (144,864). Residential and industrial suburb of Detroit;
automobile manufacturing; Detroit Arsenal; General Motors Technical
Center; South Campus of Macomb County Community College.
- Flint (140,761). Wholesale trade center; automobile production;
structural steel; tents and awnings; General Motors Institute;
Michigan School for the Deaf; Flint College and Cultural Center.
- Lansing (127,321). State capital; automobile center; machinery;
farm tools; refrigeration units; marketing center for surrounding
farm area; Michigan Historical Museum; Impression Five Science
Museum; Kresge Art Museum; Michigan State University nearby.
- Sterling Heights (117,810). Residential city adjoining Warren.
- Ann Arbor (109,592). Educational and medical center; University of
Michigan; Kempf House; ball bearings; scientific instruments;
- Livonia (100,850). Industrial and residential suburb of Detroit;
Detroit Race Course; Madonna College.
Michigan Flag and Pledge
Michigan has an official pledge of allegiance to its
state flag. Written by Harold G. Coburn, it was adopted as Public
Act 165 of 1972. This is the pledge:
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of Michigan, and to
the state for which it stands, 2 beautiful peninsulas united by a
bridge of steel, where equal opportunity and justice to all is our