List of sister cities in Michigan

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This is a list of sister states, regions, and cities in the U.S. state of Michigan. Sister cities, known in Europe as town twins, are cities which partner with each other to promote human contact and cultural links, although this partnering is not limited to cities and often includes counties, regions, states and other sub-national entities.

Many Michigan jurisdictions partner with foreign cities through Sister Cities International, an organization whose goal is to "promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation."[1] Sister cities interact with each other across a broad range of activities, from health care and education to business and the arts.[2]

Sister states of Michigan[edit]

Michigan jurisdiction Sister state, region, or city Country Since
State of Michigan Groningen, Groningen Province Netherlands Netherlands
Shiga Prefecture Japan Japan 1968[3]
Sichuan Province China China 1982[4]

Sister cities of Michigan cities and counties[edit]

The Peterborough Lift Lock in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, amongst Ann Arbor's sisters since 1983
Toyota, Japan and Detroit are paired because of each other's importance to the automobile industry.
Saltillo is the sister city of Lansing, Michigan.
The Welsh town of Brecon is one of two sisters to Saline.
Michigan jurisdiction Sister state, region, or city Country Since()
Adrian Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture Japan Japan
Albion Noisy-le-Roi, Yvelines France France 2001[5]
Ann Arbor Belize City, Belize District Belize Belize 1967[6]
Dakar, Dakar Senegal Senegal 1997[6]
Hikone, Shiga Prefecture Japan Japan 1969[6]
Juigalpa, Chontales Nicaragua Nicaragua 1986[6][7]
Peterborough, Ontario Canada Canada 1983[6]
Remedios, Villa Clara Cuba Cuba 2003[6]
Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg Germany Germany 1965[6][8]
Battle Creek Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture Japan Japan
Bay City Ansbach, Bavaria Germany Germany 1960[9]
Goderich, Ontario Canada Canada
Lomé Togo Togo
Poznań, Greater Poland Voivodeship Poland Poland 1987
Belleville Machynlleth Wales Wales, UK
Birmingham Rittō, Shiga Prefecture Japan Japan 1976[10]
Bronson Moryń, West Pomeranian Voivodeship Poland Poland
Cadillac Rovaniemi, Lapland Finland Finland 1983[11]
Chelsea Shimizu, Hokkaido Prefecture Japan Japan
Clinton Charter Twp. Yasu, Shiga Prefecture Japan Japan
Coldwater Soltau, Lower Saxony Germany Germany 1971[12]
Dearborn Qana, South Governorate Lebanon Lebanon
Detroit Chongqing China China
Dubai United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 2003[13]
Kitwe, Copperbelt Province Zambia Zambia
Minsk, Minsk Voblast Belarus Belarus
Nassau, New Providence The Bahamas Bahamas
Toyota, Aichi Prefecture Japan Japan 1960[13]
Turin, Piedmont Italy Italy 1998[14]
Chernihiv Ukraine Ukraine
DeWitt Konan, Shiga Prefecture Japan Japan
Dundee Yoshida, Niigata Prefecture Japan Japan 1992[15]
East Lansing Cluj-Napoca, Cluj County Romania Romania
Flint Changchun, Jilin Province China China
Hamilton, Ontario Canada Canada 1987[16]
Kielce, Świętokrzysie Voivodeship Poland Poland
Tolyatti, Samara Oblast Russia Russia
Frankenmuth Gunzenhausen, Bavaria Germany Germany 1962[17]
Fremont Yahaba, Iwate Japan Japan
Gaylord Pontresina, Graubünden Switzerland Switzerland
Grand Rapids Bielsko-Biała, Silesian Voivodeship Poland Poland 1991[18]
Ga District Ghana Ghana 1994[19]
Ōmihachiman, Shiga Prefecture Japan Japan 1986[20]
Perugia, Umbria Italy Italy 1993[21]
Tirana Albania Albania
Zapopan, Jalisco Mexico Mexico 2007[22]
Hancock Porvoo, Eastern Uusimaa Finland Finland
Holland Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro Mexico Mexico
Holly Leamington, Ontario Canada Canada
Jackson Carrickfergus Northern Ireland Northern Ireland, UK 2006[23]
Varel, Lower Saxony Germany Germany 2002[24]
Kalamazoo Kingston, Surrey Jamaica Jamaica
Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture Japan Japan 1963[25]
Pushkin, St. Petersburg Russia Russia 1992[26]
Lansing Akuapim, South District Ghana Ghana 1997[27]
Belmopan, Cayo District Belize Belize
Cosenza, Calabria Italy Italy 2000[27]
Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico Mexico 1982[27]
Lanzhou, Gansu Province China China
Ōtsu, Shiga Prefecture Japan Japan 1969[28]
Saltillo, Coahuila Mexico Mexico 1994[27]
Sanming, Fujian Province China China 1997[27]
Mackinac Island Lybster Scotland Scotland, UK
Marquette Yokaichi, Shiga Prefecture Japan Japan
Marshall Koka, Shiga Prefecture Japan Japan
Midland Handa, Aichi Prefecture Japan Japan
Zigon, Sichuan China China
Monroe Hōfu, Yamaguchi Japan Japan 1993[29]
Mount Pleasant Okaya, Nagano Prefecture Japan Japan 1965[30]
Valdivia, Los Ríos Chile Chile
Muskegon Antalya, Antalya Province Turkey Turkey
Hartlepool England England, UK
Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture Japan Japan 1994[31]
Niles Redditch England England, UK
Novi Ōwani, Aomori Prefecture Japan Japan 1991[32]
Oxford Oxford England England, UK
Petoskey Takashima, Shiga Prefecture Japan Japan
Pontiac Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture Japan Japan
Redford Gau-Algesheim, Rhineland-Palatinate Germany Germany
Georgina, Ontario Canada Canada
St. Johann in Tirol, Tyrol Austria Austria
Rochester Hills Tuzi, Podgorica municipality Montenegro Montenegro
Saginaw Awka, Anambra Nigeria Nigeria
Tokushima, Tokushima Prefecture Japan Japan
Zapopan, Jalisco Mexico Mexico
Saline Brecon, Wales Wales, UK 1966[33]
Lindenberg im Allgäu, Bavaria Germany Germany 2003[33]
Sault Ste. Marie Ryūō, Shiga Prefecture Japan Japan
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario[a] Canada Canada 2012[34]
South Haven Quilalí, Nueva Segovia Nicaragua Nicaragua
Sparta Słomniki, Lesser Poland Voivodeship Poland Poland
Sterling Heights Sorsogon City, Sorsogon Philippines Philippines 2008[35]
Tetovo, Tetovo Municipality Republic of Macedonia Macedonia
Sturgis Wiesloch, Baden-Württemberg Germany Germany 1966
Tecumseh La Verpillière, Isère France France 1984
Traverse City Tsuchiyama, Shiga Prefecture Japan Japan 1968[36]
Troy Aley, Mount Lebanon Governorate Lebanon Lebanon
Walker Colac, Victoria Australia Australia 1993[37]
Wyandotte Komaki, Aichi Prefecture Japan Japan
Ypsilanti Nafplion, Argolis Greece Greece

See also[edit]


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