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A Capital City at the Center of Everything

From film festivals to live music shows, there’s always something happening in Lansing, Michigan. Living is easy here in the state capital and its surrounding metro area, which boasts an award-winning hospital, Big Ten University, welcoming, high-performing public K-12 schools, and a cost of living that sits well below the national average. Nature enthusiasts will love the abundance of city and regional parks, as well as an extensive trail system perfect for outdoor adventures, while still having a short commute to work in the city. Lansing is also located near the center of the state providing a connected location, where you are a short drive from major cultural hubs like Ann Arbor and a day trip from beach towns like Grand Haven.

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Where Innovation Meets Initiative

A diverse range of job opportunities in major innovative industries like electric mobility, medtech, insurtech and agtech await you in Michigan’s capital city of Lansing. Companies like General Motors are investing in new battery factories while insurtech companies like Dewpoint have expanded from 40 to 400 full-time employees in just a decade. Looking to start your own business? Lansing’s robust startup ecosystem is supported by the Entrepreneurship and Innovation team of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), fostering the growth of new businesses and providing resources for aspiring entrepreneurs. The city’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is also evident through LEAP’s Department of Equitable Economic Planning, which focuses on creating opportunities for the Black and Hispanic communities, who make up 24% and 13% of the population, respectively.

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A Life of Abundance

Boasting a blend of affordability, education and healthcare, the Lansing metro area stretches your dollar without compromising quality. Here, you’ll find an overall cost of living that is almost 10% lower than the national average and high-achieving schools like the Okemos Public Schools and the East Lansing Public School District. Additionally, Michigan State University, ranked No. 31 among the top public universities in the U.S., provides excellent higher education opportunities. When it comes to healthcare, Lansing is well-equipped with top-tier medical facilities like Sparrow Hospital and McLaren Greater Lansing. The city also offers a robust affordable housing program, making it easier for residents to find a comfortable place to call home.

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Entertainment that Runs the Gamut

Stay entertained in Lansing, Michigan with a plethora of activities for the whole family. Nature enthusiasts can explore the 20-acre Potter Park Zoo, home to over 350 animal residents, while kids can have a blast at the interactive Impression 5 Science Center. The city also hosts free community events throughout the year in East Lansing, and its robust arts scene remains active year-round with festivals and citywide celebrations that showcase local talent. When the sun sets, get ready for a thriving nightlife full of live music, dance and comedy clubs. And for outdoor lovers, Lake Lansing is a haven for swimming, fishing and picnicking, while the Red Cedar River, Grand River and various lakes provide extensive opportunities to go kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding.

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Christopher Sell

Executive Director Lansing 5:01 (517) 884 - 4546 sellchri@msu.edu

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