Michigan is located in the Great Lakes Region of the United States. The
name of the state itself comes from the Native American word
"Michigama" which means "great lake." True to its name, Michigan is
surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes, giving it the longest
freshwater coastline of any political subdivision in the world. One
noteworthy piece of trivia is that a person in Michigan is never more
than six miles away from a fresh water source, or more than 85 miles
away from a Great Lakes shoreline.
There are 83 counties in the state of Michigan. It is interesting to
note that the boundaries for these counties have not undergone
substantial changes since 1897. The most populous county in the state
is Wayne County, followed by Oakland. Other highly populated areas in
the state are Genesee, Macomb and Kent Counties. Michigan is the eighth
most populated state in the U.S.
Michigan is the birthplace of the U.S. automotive industry, beginning
with Henry Ford's first manufacturing plant in Highland Park.
Automotive manufacturing is a major commerce of Detroit and Michigan.
The state is also home to two of the U.S. largest pizza chains, Dominos
and Little Caesars.
With all its beauty and industry, Michigan still has its share of
troubles. The unemployment rate is the highest in the nation, at 10.6%.
Increasing numbers of working class people are having a hard time
finding work. Crime happens in Michigan as it does everywhere else, and
the state has a system that responds to criminal acts. Incarceration
rates in Michigan are 457 per 100,000 residents, closely approaching
the national average of 502.
Michigan DUI laws reflect the philosophy that the best way to prevent
drunk driving is to administer strong punishments to those who break
the law.The goal of these laws is to deter would be offenders by
showing them that they will have a high price to pay for breaking the
DUI laws. Along with jail time and fines, a person found guilty of
driving under the influence can have their license suspended.
The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects our right to
bear arms, but that doesn't mean that everyone is allowed to have or
use a gun. Michigan gun laws very clearly outline who can own, buy or
sell a firearm. The laws also delineates an approved legal method for
transport of guns. If you are planning to own, operate or sell a gun in
Michigan, it's important that you familiarize yourself with these laws.
Every state has some crazy laws on the books, and Michigan is not
exempt. For example, it is legal for a robber to file a lawsuit if they
get hurt while burglarizing your home. In Detroit, it's illegal to let
your pig run free in the city unless the pig is wearing a nose ring.
Detroit also prohibits men from scowling at their wives, but only on
Sundays. Husbands who give the stink eye Monday through Saturday need