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.

Region 7 information



  • 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.


    Interesting Facts

  • Where do people work in South Central Michigan?

    South central Michigan offers plenty of opportunities in a wide variety of occupations.

    Top employers

    • 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

     Top industries 

    • 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.

    Special attractions


Learn more about the South Central Michigan  and what it’s like to live, work and play in the area.  Also, visit our Resources page for State of Michigan Prosperity Region 7 Field Team contacts.