Capital city Lansing
Population 10,077,331 (2020)
Surface 250,941 km²
Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D)
Member of the US since 1837

Michigan is one of the fifty states of the United States. The state is located in the north of the country, near the Great Lakes. Michigan’s abbreviation is MI. Its nickname is ‘The Wolverine State’. That means ‘the Glutton State’. A wolverine is an animal. With 9,876,187 residents, Michigan is the 8th most populous state in the US. Many Dutch emigrants live in Michigan. There are places like Holland and Overisel. Michigan borders the states of Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio. It also borders Canada. The capital of Michigan is Lansing.


There are a few cities in Michigan. Here are the five largest.

Michigan’s Largest Cities

Name Inhabitants County
1. Detroit 713,777 Wayne County
2. Grand Rapids 188.040 Kent County
3. warren 134.056 Macomb County
4. Sterling Heights 129,699 Macomb County
5. Lansing 114,297 Ingham County

How many counties in Michigan? The State of Michigan comprises 83 counties.

Detroit (Michigan)

Detroit is a large city in the United States of America, largest city in the state of Michigan and had a population of 912,062 in 2008 . The city used to have almost 2 million inhabitants, but that number has fallen dramatically in recent years. It is located on the Detroit River of the same name. The city was founded in 1701 by the Frenchman Antoine Laumet de la Mothe Cadillac. Three well – known American car brands that have their headquarters here are Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. Detroit is in the Rust Belt, a former economic and industrial center of the United States. In the year 1967 there were many race riots here (so quarreling between different races of people, eg: the whites against the blacks). Techno music is very popular in Detroit. Due to the credit crunch and rising oil prices, the population is declining enormously. As a result, there is now a lot of crime and poverty in Detroit. Detroit has a subway system called the Detroit People Mover.

Partner cities

Detroit’s skyline

  • Windsor (Canada)
  • Turin (Italy)
  • Nassau (Bahamas)
  • Toyota (Japan)
  • Kitwe (Zambia)
  • Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
  • Minsk (Belarus)

Interstate 194 in Michigan

Begin Battle Creek
End Battle Creek
Length 3 mi
Length 5 km
1 → Chicago / Detroit2 Columbia Avenue

3 Dickman Road

Interstate 194 is an Interstate Highway in the US state of Michigan. The interstate connects the city of Battle Creek with Interstate 94 that runs south of the city from Chicago to Detroit. The highway has 2×2 lanes and is more than 5 kilometers long. The I-194 opened in 1966.

Michigan Interstate 196

Get started Benton Harbor
End Grand Rapids
Length 81 mi
Length 130 km
  • 0 → Chicago / Detroit1 Benton Heights
  • 4 Coloma
  • 7 Lake Michigan Beach
  • 13 32nd Avenue
  • 18 South Haven
  • 20 South Haven
  • 22 South Haven
  • 26 109th Avenue
  • 30 Blue Star Highway
  • 34 Fennville
  • 36 Douglas
  • 41 Saugatuck
  • 46 → Holland
  • 49 South Holland
  • 52 Holland
  • 55 Zealand
  • 62 Hudsonville
  • 64 → Lansing
  • 67-81: Grand Rapids
  • 67 44th Street
  • 69 Chicago Drive
  • 70 28th Street
  • 72 Chicago Drive
  • 73 Market Avenue
  • 75 Lake Michigan Drive
  • 76 Walker Avenue
  • 77 → Kalamazoo / Cadillac
  • 77C Downtown Grand Rapids
  • 78 College Avenue
  • 79 Fuller Avenue
  • 81 → Lansing

Interstate 196 or I -196 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Michigan. The highway forms a north-south route along the west coast of the state along Lake Michigan and runs from I-94 in Benton Harbor to I-96 in Grand Rapids. The route is 130 kilometers long.

Travel directions

I-196 near Grand Rapids.

The interstate begins just east of Benton Harbor, when I-196 branches off from Interstate 94, the interstate highway from Chicago to Detroit. I-196 then heads north, right along the coast of immense Lake Michigan. On the way north you will pass a few small towns, such as South Haven. You then pass by Holland, a town where the US 31 exits towards Muskegon. I-196 continues east from here. One then reaches the city of Grand Rapids, a city of 200,000 inhabitants. Just before Grand Rapids, at the Hudsonville suburb, State Route 6. turnswhich forms the southern bypass of Grand Rapids. I-196 then continues to downtown, where it widens to 2×3 lanes. Here you cross the US 131, the highway from Kalamazoo to Cadillac. East of downtown, I-196 ends at Interstate 96, the highway from Muskegon to Lansing and Detroit.


Construction history

In the original plan for the Interstate Highways, the highway was envisioned as part of Interstate 96, which would branch southwest from Grand Rapids to I-94 at Benton Harbor. I-196 was a number planned for the route from Muskegon to Grand Rapids (modern day I-96). On October 21, 1963, AASHTO decided to renumber the Interstate Highways in western Michigan, swapping I-96 and I-196. I-96 at that time ran from Muskegon to Grand Rapids and I-196 from Benton Harbor to Grand Rapids. This meant that all signage had to be adjusted.

I-196 has been opened in several phases, the majority of which was opened to traffic in a short time between 1961 and 1964. The section through Grand Rapids was opened in one go on December 14, 1964. Finally, the bypass of Holland and Zeeland was opened in 1973. A 2×2 divided highway already ran through these places, so that this segment had less priority.

Opening history

from nasty length date
Exit 0 I-94 Exit 7 Hagar Shore Road 11 km 30-09-1961
Exit 7 Hagar Shore Road Exit 22 South Haven 24 km 00-08-1963
Exit 22 South Haven Exit 36 ​​Douglas 23 km 00-00-1963
Exit 41 Saugatuck Exit 44 Holland (south) 5 km 16-12-1963
Exit 36 ​​Douglas Exit 41 Saugatuck 8 km 31-07-1964
Exit 69 Grandville Exit 80 I-96 18 km 14-12-1964
Exit 44 Holland (south) Exit 69 Grandville 40 km 00-00-1973

Later adjustments

Between 2018 and 2020, I-196 through the interchange with I-296 and the bridge over the Grand River in Grand Rapids was renovated for $40 million. An additional lane to the west across the Grand River has also been created. During the same period, the interchange with I-96 in Grand Rapids was also reconstructed, a project called “The Flip.”

Traffic intensities

The highway isn’t exactly busy with 20,000 vehicles per day between Benton Harbor and Holland, rising to 42,000 just before Grand Rapids. A maximum of 66,000 vehicles drive per day at the center.

Michigan - The Great Lakes State

Michigan – The Great Lakes State
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