Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes region of the Midwestern United States.
Michigan is the tenth most populous of the 50 United States, with the 11th most extensive total area.
Its capital is Lansing, and the largest city is Detroit.
Michigan consists of two peninsulas that lie between 82°30' to about 90°30' west longitude, and are separated by the Straits of Mackinac.
The Great Lakes that border Michigan from east to west are Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.
The heavily forested Upper Peninsula is relatively mountainous in the west.
The Porcupine Mountains, which are part of one of the oldest mountain chains in the world,rise to an altitude of 610m above sea level and form the watershed between the streams flowing into Lake Superior and Lake Michigan.
The Lower Peninsula is shaped like a mitten and many residents hold up a hand to depict where they are from.
The surface of the peninsula is generally level, broken by conical hills and glacial moraines usually not more than a few hundred feet tall.
The highest point in the Lower Peninsula is either Briar Hill at 1,705 feet (520 m), or one of several points nearby in the vicinity of Cadillac.