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Flag of Michigan

Use: Civil and state flag
Proportion: 2:3
Adopted: June 26, 1911; 107 years ago
Design: Coat of arms of Michigan on a blue field

The flag of the state of Michigan depicts the state's coat of arms on a dark blue field, as set forth by Michigan state law. (The Governor has a variant of the flag with a white instead of blue field.) The state has an official flag month from June 14 through July 14.

The state coat of arms depicts a blue shield, upon which the sun rises over a lake and peninsula, and a man with a raised hand representing peace and holding a long gun representing the fight for state and nation as a frontier state.

As supporters, the elk and moose are derived from the Hudson's Bay Company coat of arms, and depict great animals of Michigan. The bald eagle represents the United States which formed the state of Michigan from the Northwest Territory.

The design features three Latin mottos. From top-to-bottom they are:

  1. On red ribbon: "E Pluribus Unum," means "Out of many, one," a motto of the United States.
  2. On light blue shield: "Tuebor," means "I will defend."
  3. On white ribbon: "Si Quæris Peninsulam Amœnam Circumspice," means "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you." (The official state motto).
State of Michigan
Flag of Michigan State seal of Michigan
Flag Seal
"The Great Lake(s) State", "The Wolverine State", "The Mitten State", "Water (Winter) Wonderland"
Motto(s): Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice
(English: "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you")
State song(s): "My Michigan"
Map of the United States with Michigan highlighted
Official language None (English, de facto)
Spoken languages English 91.11%
Spanish 2.93%
Arabic 1.04%
Other 4.92%
Demonym Michigander, Michiganian, Yooper (for residents of the Upper Peninsula)
Capital Lansing
Largest city Detroit
Largest metro Metro Detroit
Area Ranked 11th
• Total 96,716 sq mi
(250,493 km2)
• Width 386 miles (621 km)
• Length 456 miles (734 km)
• % water 41.5
• Latitude 41° 41' N to 48° 18' N
• Longitude 82° 7' W to 90° 25' W
Population Ranked 10th
• Total 9,995,915 (2018)
• Density 174/sq mi (67.1/km2)
Ranked 17th
• Median household income $54,909 (34th)
• Highest point Mount Arvon
1,979 ft (603 m)
• Mean 900 ft (270 m)
• Lowest point Lake Erie
571 ft (174 m)
Before statehood Michigan Territory
Admitted to the Union January 26, 1837 (26th)
Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D)
Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist (D)
Legislature Michigan Legislature
• Upper house Senate
• Lower house House of Representatives
U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D)
Gary Peters (D)
U.S. House delegation 7 Democrats
7 Republicans (list)
Time zones
• most of state Eastern: UTC −5/−4
• 4 U.P. counties (Gogebic, Iron, Dickinson, and Menominee) Central: UTC −6/−5
ISO 3166 US-MI
Abbreviations MI, Mich.
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Categories: United States state flags,Symbols of Michigan,Flags of Michigan,Michigan,States and territories established in 1837,States of the United States,Midwestern United States,Former French colonies,New France,U.S. states with multiple time zones,1837 establishments in Michigan

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