Happy Birthday to the Mitten: Celebrate 185 years with these Michigan facts

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The Mitten State is celebrating the day it became part of the United States of America 185 years ago.

On January 26, 1837, Michigan became the 26th state in the union with Detroit as the capital. The state capital wasn't relocated to Lansing until 1847, according to a Tweet by Pure Michigan, an advertising campaign by the State of Michigan.

Various state agencies are taking to Twitter to shout out the Mitten state.

Although not yet legally established as a separate territory, census data for Michigan are available beginning in 1800, when the population of the Northwest Territory, of which Michigan was a part, was 45,916, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Today, roughly 10 million people live in Michigan, according to census data. And it is the 22nd largest state by area.

Graphic by U.S. Census Bureau. 

Graphic by U.S. Census Bureau. 

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Census data also revealed that about 35% of the state's population lives in Detroit, making it the largest city in the state.

The average age for people living in the state is 40.

Besides the Mitten State, the state's official nickname is the Great Lakes State, according to michigan.gov.

You can celebrate Michigan by enjoying the state's official muffin: blueberry.

Or, by visiting one of Michigan's seven national parks.

Isle Royale National Park has roughly 17,000 visitors each year, according to Pure Michigan.

Isle Royale National Park has roughly 17,000 visitors each year, according to Pure Michigan.

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Isle Royale National Park, a small island in the middle of Lake Superior, is one of the least visited national parks in the country because it is isolated. A five-hour boat ride from the Upper Peninsula is the most common way to get to the island.