Flag of Michigan
Use: Civil and state flag
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:
- On red ribbon: "E Pluribus Unum," means "Out of many, one," a motto of the United States.
- On light blue shield: "Tuebor," means "I will defend."
- 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|
"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"|
|Official language||None (English, de facto)|
|Spoken languages||English 91.11%
|Demonym||Michigander, Michiganian, Yooper (for residents of the Upper Peninsula)|
|Largest metro||Metro Detroit|
|• Total||96,716 sq mi
|• 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|
|• Total||9,995,915 (2018)|
|• Density||174/sq mi (67.1/km2)
|• 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)|
|• 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)
|• most of state||Eastern: UTC −5/−4|
|• 4 U.P. counties (Gogebic, Iron, Dickinson, and Menominee)||Central: UTC −6/−5|