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Michigan can be found in the Great Lakes region, upper Midwestern United States. Michigan has a population of almost 10.12 million people and an area of nearly 97,000 square miles (250,000 km). It is the 10th largest state by population and 11th largest by area. Metro Detroit is one of the largest and most populous metropolitan areas in the country. Its name derives from a gallicized variant of the original Ojibwe word misikami (mishigami), meaning “large water” or “large lake”.
Michigan is made up of two peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula resembles the shape of a mitten, and comprises a majority of the state’s land area. The Upper Peninsula, also known as “the U.P.” The Straits of Mackinac is a channel that connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, and separates the Upper Peninsula from the Lower Peninsula. The Mackinac Bridge links the two peninsulas. Michigan’s freshwater coastline is the longest of any political subdivision. It is bordered by four of five Great Lakes as well as Lake St. Clair. It also has 64 980 inland lakes, ponds, and the longest freshwater coastline in the world, just behind Alaska.