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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 estimates.

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. 
  • Dearborn, 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. 
  • The 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 University.
  • 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; precision machinery.
  • 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 ideal."

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