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Live in Lansing, Michigan

America’s Best Big Small City

Modern workers are increasingly stressed by long commute times and a lack of affordability on all levels. They want a more balanced work-life relationship and the financial flexibility to live, work, play and explore their community.

Lansing, Michigan offers diversity and inclusion in the form of a global community, affordable living and recreation, more time and less commute, a little more space to play, faster decisions with quicker results and more—all factors driving career and location decisions across age groups. Values are shifting, especially among our youngest workers, along with traditionally-expected wage and career ambitions.

More and more, talent is seeking the work that is most meaningful to them over the work that pays the best and is seeking it in communities that balance big-city amenities with small-city charm and personality. Communities like Lansing, Michigan.

A growing community with high-tech businesses and opportunities, a world renowned university, a state capital, immersive and vast creative outlets and sophisticated arts and culture, robust entrepreneurialism, unique and fun nightlife and incredible outdoor recreation and natural areas.

This is the Lansing region. The place for people. The future of business.

Location is Everything
  • Centrally located, Lansing is one hour from Detroit, Grand Rapids and 90% of Michigan’s population
  • Our population boasts half a million people regionally across Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties
  • We offer affordable housing of every kind, including some of the most accessible home-ownership opportunities for young people
  • Incredible schools from elementary to post-secondary prepare our next generation of talent
  • Our three counties have it all: big downtowns, suburbs, small hometowns and rural living. Take your pick!
  • The cross-regional commute of 20 minutes or less will save you 16 days per year
Diverse, Stable Climate and Outdoor Recreation
  • Numerous Riverfronts, river trails and parks
  • Vast, fertile farmland
  • Plus, no earthquakes or hurricanes!
Big-City Arts, Culture and Recreation
  • The very best in performing arts at Michigan State University’s Wharton Center for Performing Arts — one of two university performing arts centers nationwide large enough to host first-run Broadway shows
  • Nationally leading college sports and events at Michigan State University
  • Professional sports teams
Proactive Support for Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Consistent population growth
  • Reasonable wage growth
  • Fortune 500 headquarters
  • Sustained growth of high-tech companies
  • An active and robust entrepreneurial ecosystem

But don’t just take our word for it. Explore more highlights of our region below — we bet some might shock you!


In Vocational Training Nationwide


Consecutive Years of Population Growth


Greatest Leap Nationwide in Jobs, Tech and Wages

Our People

Talent and Education

Educational pipeline produces nearly 18,000 college graduates each year | Emsi Dec 2018 report

93% postgraduate placement rate (MSU) | spartansuccess.msu.edu

#1 school for supply chain talent worldwide (MSU) | SCM World University 100; U.S. News and World Report

#1 nuclear physics program in the nation (MSU), one spot ahead of M.I.T. | U.S. News and World Report

MSU ranks in top 8% of higher education instituations in the nation | QS World University Rankings

#1 packaging program in the nation (MSU) | CollegeRaptor.com; universities.com

#7 biological/agricultural engineering program in the nation (MSU) | U.S. News and World Report

#2 hospitality business school in the nation (MSU), #3 worldwide | thebestschools.org; collegechoice.net; CEOWorld Magazine

#7 production/operation management program in the nation (MSU) | U.S. News and World Report

#1 in MI for educational attainment ages 25-64 over last five years | Business Leaders for Michigan

43% of regional population has associate’s degree or higher | Emsi Dec 2018 report

#2 community college in MI (LCC) | schools.com

#2 community college for vocational training in the U.S. (LCC) | Real Work Matters

#7 video game design program in the nation (MSU) | Princeton Review

Our Place

A Diverse Community

8 consecutive years of positive population growth (Lansing) | U.S. Census

#1 in MI for growing population ages 25-34 in 2017 | Business Leaders for Michigan

#1 in MI for labor force growth ages 16+ over last five years | Business Leaders for Michigan

20% more millennials than comparably-sized metros in the nation | Emsi Dec 2018 report

22% less property crime than comparably-sized metros in the nation | Emsi Dec 2018 report

#1 in US for mobile network performance 2019 | RootMetrics

#1 Best Affordable Place to Live in America (Lansing) in 2018 | Livability.com

#15 Best Small City in America in 2020 | BestCities.org

#18 Best place to live after COVID-19 pandemic | Business Insider

Regain 15 days per year thanks to minuscule commutes | Washington Post

#8 Best Place to Live in America (Okemos) in 2019 | Niche.com

Largest public utility in MI will be coal-free by 2025 (Lansing BWL) | lbwl.com

Home to one of the top 25 film festivals in the world (CCFF) | MovieMaker Magazine

Birthplace of the first localized LGBT group in MI (Michigan Organization for Human Rights) and the Lansing Association for Human Rights soon after | lahronline.org; wikipedia.org

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

Our Industry

Careers and Innovation

4th greatest leap of any U.S. community with growing jobs, technological development and wage gains (Lansing) from 2017 to 2018 | 2018 Milken Institute Best Performing Cities report

Insurance hub of MI and top hub in the Midwest, growing 23% in the past five years | purelansing.com/insurance

#3 metro in the nation for sustainable development in 2019 | Site Selection Magazine

44% of jobs are categorized as “durable employment” — the highest percentage in the nation | Yardi Matrix

North America’s particle accelerator capital (Lansing) and home to $770M accelerator-driven nuclear research lab (FRIB) | frib.msu.edu

$500M hospital and cancer center under construction (McLaren and MSU) | prnewswire.com; Lansing State Journal

$555M dairy processing campus (Spartan MI), the largest in MI, under construction (Glanbia, Dairy Farmers of America and Select Milk Producers) | Area Development

GM’s two newest and most technologically advanced plants (Lansing) | media.gm.com

Only region in MI with positive overall employment growth from 2012-2017 | Business Leaders for Michigan