South Central Michigan
From the bustle of the state capitol in Lansing to its surrounding rural settings, this region offers a perfect mix of urban amenities and small-town charm. Here, you can simply relax and enjoy a genuine slice of Midwestern hospitality.
What’s it like to live in South Central Michigan?
South Central Michigan boasts a diverse, well-educated and growing population—plus ready access to a wide range of cultural and recreation opportunities. From the bustle of the state capitol in Lansing to the surrounding rural settings, the region provides something for everyone.
- The greater Lansing region is home to Michigan State University, and there are another half-dozen colleges and universities in the region.
- Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School has the largest enrollment of any U.S. law school.
- MSU’s undergraduate program in video game design ranked No. 10 in the nation by the Princeton Review.
- The Lansing Promise and the H.O.P.E. Scholarship Program offer Lansing high school graduates free tuition to pursue post-secondary degrees.
- Michigan State University was named the 39th-most recruited university in the world by global business leaders.
- Residents and visitors enjoy 200 city, county and state parks, campgrounds and recreation areas.
- 30 golf courses within 30 miles—including Eagle Eye Golf Club and Timber Ridge, both on Golf Digest’s top course lists.
Where do people work in South Central Michigan?
South central Michigan offers plenty of opportunities in a wide variety of occupations.
- State of Michigan
- Michigan State University
- City of Lansing
- Meijer Companies, Ltd.
- Sparrow Health System
- McLaren Health Care Corporation
- Suntree-Oxford Associates Limited Dividend Housing Association
- Oak Lane Golf Course Inc
- Government of The United States
- Lansing Community College
- State Government
- Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
- Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
- Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
Top industry Earners
- Transportation Equipment Manufacturing at $94,230
Anticipated Biggest Job Growth Industry
- Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
- Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation
- Warehousing and Storage
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What do people do for fun in South Central Michigan?
From microbreweries and scenic golf courses to numerous sports and world-class performance venues, you’ll see why so many enjoy calling this region home.
Places to see, Things to do
- Enjoy local wines, microbrews and freshly crafted beers. One-of-a-kind distilleries offer small-batch spirits for the discerning whiskey or vodka drinker.
- In addition to Big 10 sports at Michigan State University, fans cheer on the Lansing Lugnuts, the region’s minor league baseball team. Also visit the Lansing Derby Vixens, Lansing’s original women’s flat track roller derby league.
- The Ledges in Grand Ledge’s Oak Park, a mile-long stretch of 60-foot sandstone ledges, is the only place in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula with climbable rock faces.
- The annual St. Johns Mint Festival celebrates the region’s mint farming heritage.
- See how apple cider is made at Uncle John’s Cider Mill in St. John’s.
- Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo houses more than 500 animals representing approximately 160 different species, including snow leopards, moose and red pandas.
- Old Town Lansing
- Michigan State University and MSU Dairy Store
- Lansing River Trail
- Cooley Law School Stadium/Lansing Lugnuts Minor League Baseball
- R.E. Olds Transportation Museum
- State Capitol Building
- Fenner and Woldumar Nature Centers
- The Lansing Symphony Orchestra offers live orchestral music in a number of locations throughout the region.
- A rich museum scene provides cultural experiences for the young at the Impression 5 Science Center, for the artsy at the Broad Art Museum, and for the archival at the Michigan Historical Museum.
- Wharton Center is Michigan’s largest performing arts venue offering Broadway shows and an A-list of high profile performers.