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We are proud that the Department of Energy Office of Science has selected MSU as the home to North America’s next great isotope beam facility. Just as DOE will ensure that FRIB is a world-competitive laboratory to answer basic questions about the chemical elements in the cosmos, so too are many of us in mid-Michigan and beyond working to make sure our region is a prominent node in the worldwide network of smart, high-tech innovators. Key to this prominence will be the talented workers and experimenters that will come to design, build, operate and use FRIB. If you think you might be one of those workers or users, we hope you find some useful information here. And if you have a question about our region that’s not addressed here, please let us know.
The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) will be situated in one of the most livable regions in the United States. The campus setting at Michigan State University, one of the nation’s 10 largest research universities, provides a host to attractions ranging from performing arts to lectures by eminent scientists and bestselling authors to big-time college athletics. Mid-Michigan, oriented around the university and the city of Lansing, the state capitol, is known for its safe and affordable neighborhoods, excellent schools, vibrant community recreation programs, and a diverse and highly educated local population. The broader Great Lakes region is unique in North America, not only for the most spectacular freshwater lakes in the world but also for the well-trafficked section of the world’s longest and friendliest international border and its world-class cities such as Chicago and Toronto. The community and region at-large are connected to the global knowledge economy at many points -- directly by a several international airports and indirectly by the major research universities, businesses, institutions and cities that define the region.
Almost a half a million people call the Greater Lansing region home, and for lots of great reasons – we’ve got something for almost everyone.
The Greater Lansing region has literally stacked the building blocks of learning for people of all ages, interests, abilities and professions.
It begins with quality childcare and pre kindergarten. Next, we have outstanding school districts for K-12 both public and parochial including programs for special needs students.
Follow that with world class advanced learning at colleges and universities that offer the best of the Big Ten and our local communities.
Add on post-graduate opportunities along with two premier law schools and you have an outstanding array of choices to achieve your true potential.
Housing/Cost of Living
There are many things to like about the Greater Lansing region, but its affordability is high on the list.
A recent Kiplinger’s Personal Finance review of Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the United States confirmed that our local cost of living index is the same as the national average. And our region’s median household income of $49,169 put us in the top third of the 361 ranked MSAs.
Because the Greater Lansing region is so affordable, seven out of 10 area residents own their homes rather than rent them. And regardless of whether they own or rent, almost three-quarters of our region’s residents spend less than 30 percent of their household income on their monthly housing costs. (Nearly half of them spend less than 20 percent!)
In fact, our region was recently ranked among the Metropolitan Statistical Areas offering people the best access to a middle-class lifestyle by Expansion Management magazine. The magazine considered a number of factors in its rankings, including affordable housing, good public schools, continuing education opportunities, low crime levels and the labor market.
What’s not to like?
Location & Transportation
Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport provides a convenient, cost-effective connection to the rest of the world. It’s an international port of entry, with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials on site to process both passengers and freight. Last year, it handled more than 425,000 passengers and more than 26,000 tons of air cargo, express mail and regular mail.
Capital Region International Airport’s three passenger airlines offer direct daily flights from Lansing to three major U.S. airports: Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
The closest of these, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, is the 13th busiest airport in the United States and the 24th busiest in the world, handling more than 35 million passengers each year. Its 16 passenger airlines offer service to some 160 destinations around the globe, including non-stop flights to business destinations like Amman, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Mexico City, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Toronto. Detroit Metro is an easy, 25-minute flight from Lansing.
A fourth airline, Jet America, will begin offering direct flights from Lansing to New York and to Florida later this year, and Apple Vacations will begin offer non-stop seasonal service to Cancun on USA3000 Airlines in December.
With state of the art technology and the highest degree of professionalism, residents and visitors to the Lansing region rests assured that they have convenient access to the highest quality healthcare from emergency to long-term care services.
The Lansing region boasts health systems and facilities that are among the highest rated in the nation.
The Greater Lansing region offers both emerging and established businesses the opportunity to thrive.
Cultural events and attractions are plentiful in the Greater Lansing region and enrich the lives of local residents. Our region hosts a wide array of music and art festivals, cultural celebrations, Broadway productions, and Big Ten sports. World-class performances can be enjoyed at remarkable venues such as the Lansing Center, Breslin Center, Wharton Center, and many others. Other attractions in the region include museums, historical sites, nature preserves, and golf.