Lansing and Lake Michigan

Lansing and Lake Michigan

Race and Ethnicities

According to agooddir, Lansing’s racial makeup is as follows:

  • 9% White
  • 0% African American
  • 3% Hispanic
  • 8% Asian
  • 6% Indigenous natives
  • 4% Two or more races

The five largest groups in Lansing by descent are: Germans who make up 20.4% of the state’s population, African-American 14.2%, Irish 10.7%, English 9.9%, and Poles 8.6%. Other ethnic minorities are the French, Dutch and Italians.

Americans of German descent are present in all the Lansing regions Scandinavians especially Finnish, British and French have a notable presence in the Upper Peninsula. The west of the state is known nationally for the Dutch heritage of many of its residents. Lansing has the highest concentration of Dutch of any American state. The Detroit metropolitan region has many residents of Polish, Irish, Italian and Arab descent. African Americans are the majority in the city of Detroit


  • Jehoshaphat Catholic Church in Detroit.
  • Percentage of Michigan’s Population by Religious Affiliation: [9]
  • Christianity – 82%
  • Protestantism – 58%
  • Baptism – 15%
  • Methodism – 10%
  • Pentecostalism – 7%
  • Lutheranism – 5%
  • Reformism – 4%
  • Churches of Christ – 2%
  • Other Protestant affiliations – 12%
  • Catholicism – 23%
  • Other Christian affiliations – 1%
  • Islam – 2%
  • Judaism – 1%
  • Other religions – 1%
  • Non-religious – 15%

Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan. It is one of the five Great Lakes of North America. It is surrounded by the states of Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan, which is named after the lake.


Lake Michigan, a lake located in the northern part of the central United States, occupies the third place in extension of the lakes that are known as the Great Lakes. It is the only one that belongs entirely to the territory of the United States.


It limits to the north and east with the state of Michigan, to the south with Indiana, and to the west with Illinois and Wisconsin. It is 492 km long and up to 190 km wide. It occupies 57,757 km2 of surface.

To the north, the lake empties through the Strait of Mackinac, through which it communicates with Lake Huron. The Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal connects the lake with the Mississippi River. The Green Bay, on the western shore, and the Grand Traverse Bay, on the east, are the main bays of the lake. The lake has a complex of lighthouses, buoys, meteorological and storm forecasting stations, as well as other means of assistance to navigation, whose maintenance depends on the federal government.

In the northern part of the lake, which for four months of the year remains blocked by ice, there are several islands, of which Beaver (about 80 km long), Garden and North and South Manitou are the largest.


About 12 million people live along the shore of Lake Michigan. Many of them are small resorts that live off the benefits of Lake Michigan’s beauty and recreational opportunities. These cities increase their population in season thanks to the arrivals from Chicago and Milwaukee.


The cities of Chicago, Milwaukee and Muskegon are located on its shores. The repopulation of the lake with trout and the introduction of coho salmon have recovered sport and commercial fishing in the lake, after having been seriously contaminated by the industries that operate on its shores, especially in the south and west. The French explorer Jean Nicolet discovered Lake Michigan in 1634.

Lake Michigan has many beaches. The region is sometimes referred to as the “third coast” of the United States, after the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The sand is soft and whitish in color, known as “singing sands” because of the squeak (caused by the high quartz content) that occurs when you walk through it. Along the coast there are many tall sand dunes covered with green grass and ‘beach cherries’ (Prunus pumila) and the water is normally clear and cool (between 13 and 27 ° C), even in late summer.

Due to the prevailing westerly winds that tend to move surface waters to the east, there is a warmer flow of water along the Michigan shore in summer. On the beaches of Lake Michigan in northern Michigan is the only place in the world, apart from some inland lakes in that region, where Petoskey stones, the state stone, can be found.

State symbols

  • Flower: Apple Blossom (Pyrus coronaria), from 1897.
  • Bird: Migratory thrush (Turdus migratorius), since 1931.
  • Rock: Hexagonaria pericarnata (petrified coral found north of the Lower Peninsula), since 1965.
  • Fish: It has been trout since 1965, and the Michigan legislature specified in 1988 that it was specifically Salvelinus fontinalis.
  • Reptile: Painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) (since 1995).
  • Fossil: American Mastodon (Mammut americanum), since 2002.
  • Tree: Pinus strobus, since 1955.
  • Gem: Chlorastrolite (since 1972).
  • Wildflower: Lake Iris (Iris lacustris), since 1998.
  • Mammal: White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), since 1997, and, traditionally, the wolverine (Gulo gulo)

Lansing and Lake Michigan

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