In the American midwest, bounded by the four of the five Great Lakes, the State of Michigan’s two peninsulas are located. The region was settled by Native American tribes first, then, the French explored and colonized the area during the 17th century. At one point, the British took over, then eventually, the area became the 26th state of the United States in 1837.The State Capital is Lansing, and the largest city is the famous Detroit, the center of automobile industry.
There are numerous International crossings such as bridges, tunnels, and ferry services connecting Michigan with Ontario, Canada, and there are many tourists from the US and Canada visiting Michigan’s state parks especially during the cool summer.
Michigan is one of the prominent centers for the US automobile manufacturing where the Big Three domestic automakers: Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles locate their headquarters. Michigan also has headquarters of other famous companies such as the direct distributing company: Amway and the well-known cereal brand manufacturer: Kellogg Company. Michigan’s other notable industries include information technology, aerospace, military equipment, mining of copper and iron ore, etc.
Two lakes connect Michigan to Canadian borders; and there are 10 variations of Canadian international crossings available: bridges, tunnels, and ferry services. Amtrak, the long-distance intercity passenger railroad service, connects three Michigan major cities to Chicago, Illinois, the important Amtrak hub.
Beside Amtrak and some scenic ones, other railways are freight trains including 2 major Canadian railways.
Additionally, there are many domestic and international airports: the major ones are the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, The Gerald R. Ford International Airport, and Flint Bishop International Airport.
Highways connect Michigan to bordering Ontario, Canada, Ohio, Indiana, and Chicago, IL, and among interstate cities of Detroit, Flint, Saginaw, and Battle Creek.
Michigan’s two peninsulas have different climates. The Upper Peninsula is mountainous and located in western region with warm short summer and very long cold winter. While the land is relatively flat, the Lower Peninsula has higher temperatures in both seasons and more severe weather where thunderstorms and tornados occur. In addition, the region is subjected to the lake-effect snow that deposits huge amount of snowfall covering the areas during the winter.
The majority of Michigan residents are descendants of European immigrants. The Asian and Arabian immigrants are increasing in recent years. As the automobile industry grows, the investment from Japan as well as employment opportunities and Japanese immigrants and expatriates increased; they form communities in proximity to Japanese groceries and high-performing schools.
The University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University are the important research institutions that receive huge grants each year. The well-educated and high-skilled graduates from the universities are the main workforce for the automobile and high-tech industries in Michigan.
Many automobile related companies have offices in Michigan. With the industry and the skilled workforce, the region’s salary and living standards are relatively high. Many Japanese manufacturers offer a variety of opportunities and positions from sales/ sales assistant to engineers supporting various sections of production.