|Lower Peninsula of Michigan|
Central Michigan, often called Mid Michigan, is a region in the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. As its name implies, it is the central area of the Lower Peninsula. Lower Michigan is said to resemble a mitten, and Central Michigan corresponds roughly to the palm. The region consists mainly of farmland and some cities of moderate size, stretching from Michigan's eastern shoreline along Lake Huron into the fertile rolling plains of the Michigan Basin.
- 1 Definitions
- 2 Economy
- 3 Geography
- 4 Colleges and universities
- 5 Media
- 6 Transportation
- 7 Notable people
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
For the most part Central Michigan and Mid Michigan are synonymous with each other, representing generally the same geographic area of Michigan. However, some definitions of Central Michigan and Mid Michigan can vary significantly, depending on one's point of reference.
- The Greater Lansing area, sometimes called the Capitol Region, includes the area surrounding the state capitol of Lansing and nearby East Lansing.
- The Greater Tri-Cities area, also called the Great Lakes Bay Region, is a term that refers to the area surrounding the Saginaw Bay including the cities of Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and can be expanded to include Mt. Pleasant as well.
- The Thumb of Michigan is a peninsula that surrounded by Lake Huron in the east-central area of the state.
Central or Mid Michigan can also include areas that are referred to as Southern Michigan. This is loosely defined and can refer to a region in the south-central portion of the state characterized by the Irish Hills. The region includes the Adrian, Jackson, and Hillsdale areas which are also considered a part of Southeast Michigan.
Portions of Central or Mid Michigan can overlap with portions of Western Michigan. For example, areas of Montcalm County could fall into both regions, with the west side of the county such as Greenville aligning with West Michigan, and eastern portions identifying more with Central Michigan.
Also, some areas may overlap with what is known as Northern Michigan. These areas, such as Clare, Gladwin, and Arenac County are along the border of the two regions and can be considered parts of both, depending on your frame of reference.
Portions of Metro Detroit can overlap with Central Michigan, especially the counties of Genessee, Lapeer, Livingston and St. Clair are statistically included in Metro Detroit however geographically lie in Mid Michigan.
Major crops grown in this region include corn, sugar beets, and soy beans. The Michigan Sugar Company, which is a cooperative owned by 1,250 farmers, operates factories in Bay City, Caro, Croswell, and Sebewaing.
General Motors operates the Flint Truck Assembly factory in Flint and Powertrain plants in Flint, Bay City, Saginaw, and Delhi Township, Michigan. Until 2004, Mid-Michigan (specifically Lansing) was also known for being the location of the main Oldsmobile plant for General Motors. The world headquarters of Nexteer Automotive, a car parts supplier, is located in Saginaw. S.C. Johnson and Son has a manufacturing facility in Bay City making Ziploc products.
International Trade Corridor
The I-69 International Trade Corridor is a strategic commercial gateway between the Midwestern United States and Ontario, Canada, with multi-modal transportation infrastructure that offers a wide range of distribution options.The I-69 International Trade Corridor Next Michigan Development Corporation (NMDC) offers economic incentives to growing businesses, both existing and new, that utilize two or more forms of transportation to move their products and are located within the territory of the NMDC. The I-69 International Trade Corridor Next Michigan Development Corporation is the largest in the state of Michigan with 35 municipal partners.
The region includes many rivers including the Grand River, Red Cedar River, Saginaw River, Tittabawassee River, Shiawassee River and Flint River. A drainage divide occurs in Central Michigan, causing the Grand River to flow west into Lake Michigan and the Saginaw River to empty into the Saginaw Bay. The terrain has rolling hills and plains with fertile soil. Agriculture dominates in the rural areas, where corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and hey are grown. The region has mostly small towns with a few cities of notable size. Most of the area is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lansing or Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginaw. 
See also: Michigan Municipalities by Population
Central Michigan has several cities of regional and geographic importance:
- Lansing, is the capital of Michigan and centrally located in the Lower Peninsula. It is the fifth largest city in the state.
- Flint is the sixth largest city in the state and an important center for Michigan's automotive industry.
- The Greater Tri Cities area includes Midland, Bay City, and Saginaw
Main article: Lansing–East Lansing metropolitan area
The Thumb Area
Main article: The Thumb
Flint and Tri-Cities Area
See Also: Tri-Cities
Colleges and universities
Major educational institutions in Central Michigan, See Also: Southern Michigan for colleges not listed.
- Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant
- Michigan State University in East Lansing
- Michigan State University College of Law in East Lansing
- Lansing Community College in Lansing
- Mid Michigan Community College in Harrison and Mt. Pleasant
- Mott Community College in Flint
- Northwood University in Midland
- St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron
- Alma College in Alma
- Olivet College in Olivet
- Saginaw Valley State University in University Center
- Thomas M. Cooley Law School (the nation's largest) is headquartered in Lansing.
- University of Michigan–Flint
- Delta College in University Center
- Kettering University in Flint
- Baker College (throughout different areas of Michigan)
- Davenport University (throughout different areas of Michigan)
The Lansing State Journal is the sole daily newspaper published in metropolitan Lansing, and is owned by Gannett, which also owns the daily Port Huron Times Herald and USA Today. The Flint Journal is available in the Flint and Lapeer areas and is published four times a week. Editions of the Bay City Times, Midland Daily News and Saginaw News are available in the greater Tri-Cities area. The Times and the Saginaw News published three times a week, while the Midland Daily News publishes daily. The Great Lakes Bay Edition, a joint publication between the Saginaw News and the Bay City Times, focuses on those two cities, as well as Midland, and publishes once a week. The Hearst Corporation owns the Midland Daily News and the Huron Daily Tribune. Mount Pleasant is served by a daily newspaper called The Morning Sun.
The region is served by multiple radio stations. For a complete listing of stations, see one of the following markets:
- Lansing Area
- Flint Area
- Greater Tri-Cities including Saginaw, Bay City, and Midland.
- Thumb Area including Port Huron, Sandusky, and Lapeer.
- South Central Michigan including Jackson, Adrian, and Hillsdale.
- North Central Michigan including Mt. Pleasant, Caddilac, and Alma.
Television in the Central Michigan area varies from market to market. Availability of stations depend on reception of aerial signals, as well as availability on cable and satellite in a particular area. In some areas of the region, broadcasts from all three markets can be received over the air.
Scheduled airline service is offered from Lansing Capital Region International Airport. Airline service is also available from MBS International Airport near Midland, Michigan and Flint Bishop International Airport. Other portions are proximate to Gerald R. Ford International Airport, east of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport near Kalamazoo, Michigan.
- The Great Lakes Central Railroad is a regional railroad operating from Petoskey to Ann Arbor.
- CSX owns a major line between Detroit and Grand Rapids, passing through Lansing. It also owns a line from Toledo to Flint, and another south of Port Huron.
- Grand Trunk Western Railroad, a part of the Canadian National system has a busy line between Port Huron and Chicago, passing through Flint, Durand, and Lansing.
- Mid-Michigan Railroad, owned by Genesee & Wyoming and operating in the Alma area.
- The Huron and Eastern Railway is also owned by Genessee and Wyoming and has lines north of Durand branching into the Thumb.
- Lake State Railway serves each of the Tri Cities and stretches into Northern Michigan.
Major trunkline routes throughout the Mid-Michigan area:
- I-69 from Port Huron to Fort Wayne, Indiana, connecting Flint and Lansing.
- I-75 is a major artery connecting the Tri Cities with Flint and Detroit.
- I-475 business route to downtown Saginaw.
- I-675 business route to downtown Saginaw.
- I-94 from Port Huron to Chicago via Detroit, Jackson, and Battle Creek.
- I-96 from Grand Rapids to Detroit via Lansing.
- I-496 (R.E. Olds Freeway) in the Lansing area.
- US 10 an east-west route between Luddington and Bay City, connecting multiple communities in between.
- US 12 also known as Michigan Avenue and Chicago Road
- US 23
- US 127 comes from the south, through Lansing, and ends its 758-mile-long (1,220 km) journey at Grayling. It directly connects Northern Michigan (and the Mackinac Bridge via I-75) to Lansing, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee (all the way down to Chattanooga US 127 is the direct link between the state capital in Lansing and the Ingham County seat in Mason.
- M-13 runs roughly the same route as I-75 in the Genesee County/Shiawassee County border, the Saginaw County/Genesee County border then into Bay County
- M-15 runs north and south through Genesee County and Tuscola County and terminates in Bay City.
- M-20 is an east-west highway connection Mt. Pleasant with Midland
- M-21 runs east and west, roughly the same route as I-69 in Genesee County and is a direct east-west route connecting St. Johns and Owosso.
- M-24 runs north and south in Lapeer County and Tuscola County.
- M-25 is a highway of an arc-like shape closely following the outline of the Thumb along the Lake Huron/Saginaw Bay shoreline between Port Huron and Bay City. It is generally a scenic drive.
- M-43 is a highway in southwestern and central Michigan from South Haven to Webberville. is east-west surface route nearly bisects the Lower Peninsula of Michigan latitudinally.
- M-46— a cross peninsular road, running across the entire mitten including the thumb—from Port Sanilac on the Lake Huron shore; through Saginaw near Saginaw Bay; and then on to Muskegon on the Lake Michigan shore. This east-west surface route nearly bisects the Lower Peninsula of Michigan latitudinally.
- M-52 is a north-south highway connecting Webberville, Perry, Owosso and St. Charles.
- M-53 (Van Dyke Road) is a gateway route to The Thumb of Michigan, carrying vacationers to the resorts and cottages on Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron in the vicinity of Caseville and Port Austin. It goes up the middle of the Thumb, and directly connects in Macomb County, Michigan to the M-53 expressway.
- M-54 Dort Highway, a main road leading into Flint running roughly the same route as I-475, then follows I-75 to Birch Run
More comprehensive lists are available at individual cities, villages, etc.
- Jim Cash - Screenwriter Top Gun and other successful films
- Thom Hartmann - radio talk-show host & author
- Andy Hilbert - NHL hockey player
- John Hughes - film director
- Magic Johnson - NBA basketball star
- Lisa Kron - theatre actress & playwright
- Muhsin Muhammad - NFL football star
- Ransom E. Olds - Automobile Manufacturer; founded Olds Motor Vehicle Company
- Larry Page - co-founder of Google.com
- Greg Raymer - 2004 World Series of Poker champion
- Burt Reynolds - actor
- Steven Seagal - actor
- John Smoltz - MLB star and 1996 Cy Young Award winner
- Jim "Soni" Sonefeld - drummer & percussionist for Hootie & The Blowfish
- Debbie Stabenow - U.S. Senator - began political career in Ingham County
- Stevie Wonder - singer, attended the Michigan School for the Blind in Lansing (Born and raised in Saginaw, MI)
- Malcolm X - human rights activist
Tri-Cities and Flint
- Madonna - singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman (Born in Bay City, MI)
- Michael Moore - filmmaker, screenwriter, author, journalist, actor, and left-wing political activist
- http://i-69internationaltradecorridor.com/nmdc/ Next Michigan Development Corporation
- http://i-69internationaltradecorridor.com/about/ International Trade Corridor
- Archdiocese of Lansing home page and history, dioceseoflansing.org
- "Flint, Michigan Local News, Breaking News, Sports & Weather - MLive.com".
- "Bay City, Michigan Local News, Breaking News, Sports & Weather - MLive.com".
- "Saginaw, Michigan Local News, Breaking News, Sports & Weather - MLive.com".
- "About The Morning Sun". The Morning Sun.
- Lansing Capital Region International Airport, flylansing.com
- MBS International Airport, mbsairport.com
- Flint Bishop International Airport, bishopairport.org
- Gerald R. Ford International Airport, grr.org
- Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (AZO), azoairport.com
- M-25 end point photos.
- Archdiocese of Lansing home page and history
- Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University, Bibliography on Michigan (arranged by counties and regions)
- Michigan Geology -- Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University.
- Michigan Department of Natural Resources website, harbors, hunting, resources and more.
- Info Michigan, detailed information on 630 cities
- Michigan's Official Economic Development and Travel Site, including interactive map, information on attractions, museums, etc.
- Michigan Historic Markers
- Michigan's Official Economic Development and Travel Site.