Another environmental oddity of the Great Lakes region is the existence of snowbelts or large areas impacted by lake effect snow.
The majority of pumpkin acres in Illinois are devoted to varieties that get turned into pie filling or other food products. By comparison, just 3% of pumpkin acres in Michigan are devoted to production.
Thirty million people live within the Great Lakes Watershed, which make up roughly 10% of the US population and 30% of the Canadian population.
Hundreds of shipwrecks have been mapped out but researchers believe more are out there.
Are there enough charging stations to drive your electric vehicle to the most scenic places in the Great Lakes? Our mapping expert answers that question.
There are billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs in Great Lakes shipping.
Aging housing is prevalent all around the region, but in some cities the old infrastructure lingers more than in others.
Around the region, you can find power plants for hydro, solar, wind, coal and more. In this map, see where those plants stand.
Tapping maple trees for their syrup has been a Great Lakes region tradition for a long time – Indigenous groups on both sides of the lakes have been sugaring maple trees for thousands of years.
The Great Lakes coastline is practically outlined in lighthouses, many of which now serve as historical sites and vacation rentals.
What really makes a region? Is it geographic boundaries, interdependent economics, cultural connectivity or a general shared sense of place?
Many areas in the Great Lakes region hold a large number of wind turbines, and significant plans to increase funding for alternative energy programs are underway in the U.S. and Canada.
Where do we get our water? It’s a critically important and highly regulated question, yet it took some digging to find the answers.