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Lower Peninsula of Michigan

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The regions of lower Michigan and their major cities are identified on this map.

Michigan's lower peninsula is surrounded by water on all sides except its southern border, which it shares with Ohio and Indiana. Geographically, the lower peninsula has a recognizable shape that many people associate with a mitten. This has led to several folkloric creation myths for the area, one being that it is a hand print of Paul Bunyan, a giant lumberjack and favorite folk character in Michigan. This has also led to the distinctive phenomenon of lower peninisula residents holding out their hand and pointing to a spot on it when asked where they are from.

The lower peninsula is also known to Michiganders as "The Mitten", "Below the Bridge", and occasionally "The L.P." (in parallel with "the U.P." for the upper peninsula). It is referred to - with more than a little sarcasm - as "Detroit" by residents of the Upper Peninsula. Residents of the Lower Peninsula are also referred to as "Trolls" (because they live "below the bridge").

Michigan's lower peninsula can be divided into six main regions based on geological, soil, and vegetation differences; amount of urban vs. rural areas; minority populations; and agriculture: Northern Michigan, Central (or Mid-) Michigan, the Thumb, Western Michigan, Southern Michigan, and Southeast Michigan (Metro Detroit).

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The Thumb

Major Cities

Central Michigan (Mid-Michigan)

Major Cities

Attractions

Southeast Michigan/Metro Detroit

Major Cities

Attractions

Southern Michigan

Major Cities

Attractions

Western Michigan

Major Cities

Attractions

Northern Michigan

Major Cities

Attractions

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Regions of Michigan Flag of Michigan
Copper Country | Keweenaw Peninsula | Upper Peninsula | Lower Peninsula | Metro Detroit | Northern Michigan | The Thumb | Western Michigan
Largest cities
Ann Arbor | Canton | Clinton | Dearborn | Detroit | Flint | Grand Rapids | Kalamazoo | Lansing | Livonia | Pontiac | Rochester Hills | Shelby | Southfield | Sterling Heights | Taylor | Troy | Warren | West Bloomfield | Westland
Counties
Alcona | Alger | Allegan | Alpena | Antrim | Arenac | Baraga | Barry | Bay | Benzie | Berrien | Branch | Calhoun | Cass | Charlevoix | Cheboygan | Chippewa | Clare | Clinton | Crawford | Delta | Dickinson | Eaton | Emmet | Genesee | Gladwin | Gogebic | Grand Traverse | Gratiot | Hillsdale | Houghton | Huron | Ingham | Ionia | Iosco | Iron | Isabella | Jackson | Kalamazoo | Kalkaska | Kent | Keweenaw | Lake | Lapeer | Leelanau | Lenawee | Livingston | Luce | Mackinac | Macomb | Manistee | Marquette | Mason | Mecosta | Menominee | Midland | Missaukee | Monroe | Montcalm | Montmorency | Muskegon | Newaygo | Oakland | Oceana | Ogemaw | Ontonagon | Osceola | Oscoda | Otsego | Ottawa | Presque Isle | Roscommon | Saginaw | Sanilac | Schoolcraft | Schiawassee | St. Clair | St. Joseph | Tuscola | Van Buren | Washtenaw | Wayne | Wexford

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