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LEAP Forward in the Lansing Region

The greater Lansing region is the perfect place for businesses looking to startup or expand and for professionals of all levels to create a home and cultivate a career. But don't just take it from us. Check out these facts about what makes this region special — we bet some might shock you!

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Educational pipeline produces nearly 18,000 college graduates each year 

The Lansing region produces about 18,000 college graduates each year, according to Emsi's December 2018 report. Of those graduates, Michigan State University accounts for approximately 12,800 and Lansing Community College for 2,900.
Emsi Dec 2018 report

#1 school (MSU) for supply chain talent in the US and worldwide 

"It’s no big surprise to see Michigan State atop this list.  The university has been at the forefront of professionalizing supply chain for a long time and has always produced work-ready graduates in volume.  What is noteworthy however are both the margin of dominance and the breadth of Michigan State’s fan base."
SCM World University 100; also cited in U.S. News and World Report

93% postgraduate placement rate (MSU)

Michigan State University's 93% postgraduate placement rate — comprised of graduates who are working, in graduate school or both — is 12% higher than the national average

Michigan's most sensory-friendly community
Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau

#1 Nuclear Physics program (MSU) in America, once spot ahead of M.I.T.
US News and World Report 

 #1 Packaging program (MSU) in U.S.; 

 #7 Biological / Agricultural Engineering program (MSU) in U.S.
US News & World Report 

 #2 Hospitality Business school (MSU) in U.S., #3 worldwide;; 

#7 Production / Operation Management program (MSU) in U.S. 
US News & World Report 

 #1 in MI for growing population ages 25-34 in 2017 

In 2017, Ingham Clinton and Eaton counties experienced 13.49% growth in population ages 25-34, representing the most growth of any region.
Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM)

#1 in MI for educational attainment ages 25-64 over last five years 

From 2012-2016, a total 47.75% of Ingham, Clinton and Eaton county residents age 25-64 held an associate's degree or higher, representing the most educated region in Michigan by nearly a full percentage point.
Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM)

#1 in MI in labor force growth ages 16+ over last five years 

From 2012-2017, labor force growth among those age 16 and older was 2.46%, the highest percentage change of any region in Michigan.
Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM)

Only region in MI with positive overall employment growth 2012-2017 

Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties represented the only region in Michigan to achieve positive overall employment growth at 0.61%.
Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM)

Lansing has 20 percent more millennials than comparably sized metros across U.S. 

According to Emsi's December 2018 economic overview report, the Lansing region is home to 116,547 millennials, about 20% more than the national average of 98,920 for comparably-sized metro areas.
Emsi Dec 2018 report 

43 percent of population has Associate’s or higher  level degree 
Emsi Dec 2018 report

Has 22 percent less property crime than comparably sized metros across U.S.
Emsi Dec 2018 report 

Lansing Community College ranked #2 community college in Michigan 

#7 Video Game Design program (MSU) in America
Princeton Review 

#1 Best Affordable Place to Live in America (Lansing) 

Lansing ranked #1 on's 2018 Best Affordable Places to Live study, which weighed factors like the city's plentiful educational options, cultural diversity and median home price of just $89,190. Lansing ranked #1 on's 2018 Best Affordable Places to Live study, which weighed factors like the city's plentiful educational options, cultural diversity and median home price of just $89,190.

Regain 15 days per year thanks to minuscule commutes
Washington Post 

#2 community college in the nation for vocational training (LCC)
Real Work Matters

Okemos is the 5th Best place to live in America 

By 2025, Michigan’s largest public utility, the Lansing Board of Water & Light, will provide all electricity coal-free 

Home to one of the top 25 film festivals in the world, the Capital City Film Festival (CCFF)

“Hospitality is spelled with a capital ‘H’” at the Michigan-based Capital City Film Festival, says a panelist, who adds, “These people know how to treat a filmmaker!"
MovieMaker Magazine

Birthplace of the Michigan Organization for Human Rights in 1977 and state’s first localized LGBT group, the Lansing Association for Human Rights, soon after;   

From 2017 to 2018, Lansing made the 4th greatest leap of any US community with growing jobs, technological development and wage gains

Lansing made the 4th greatest leap of any U.S. community with growing jobs, technological development and wage gains in the Milken Institute's 2018 Best Performing Cities Report, rising 49 spots to #89.
Milken Institute Best Performing Cities 2018 

Michigan’s insurance HQ hub, and a top hub across the Midwest, growing 23% in just the past 5 years 

Lansing is North America’s Particle Accelerator capital, with the most powerful machine of its type in the world being built at MSU, a $770 million accelerator-driven nuclear research lab – the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB)

McLaren’s brand new $500 million hospital and cancer center campus is under construction, in partnership with MSU; Lansing State Journal 

$555 million dairy processing campus under construction, led by Ireland’s fifth largest company, Glanbia
Area Development 

Home to GM’s two newest and most technologically advanced assembly plants in the US 

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