Wheat fields, a vibrant college campus, and plenty of diversity await newcomers in Lansing. The state capital of Michigan ranks as one of the Best Places to Liveby U.S. News with plenty of events and entertainment. There are also many job opportunities here, and unemployment has significantly dropped in recent years. Still not sure about living here? Allow us to show you the top five reasons to move to Lansing.
1. Lower Cost of Living
Low housing prices translate to a lower cost of living compared to the national average. As with many areas of the Midwest, you can find a home for less than $100,000. The average Lansing home has a large yard which is great for families who want to spend more time outdoors. Rent prices are also lower, at around $800 per month, compared to other areas of the state. As a state surrounded on by lakes on three sides, Lansing can see humid summers that may drive up the power bill to keep the air conditioner running.
2. Strong Job Market
As with many capital cities, the top employer in Lansingis the state government, which employs nearly 15,000 people. Michigan State University is also one of the leading employers with an impressive 10,000 employees. Other top employers include Sparrow Health System and General Motors. Many newcomers transfer to the area to work at one of these top companies. Unemployment has dropped, and it's possible to find a wide range of jobs and work schedules.
3. Sports Galore
People in Lansing are avid sports fans., cheering on Michigan State University, home of the Spartans and part of the Big 10 Conference. The local baseball team, the Lansing Lugnuts, is just as popular. Soccer fans won’t miss out on the action as the Lansing United is a National Premier Soccer League team. Community sports teams are also available and a great way to meet others when new to the area.
4. Enjoy the Outdoors
Getting out into nature is a priority for people here. You’ll find cultivated trails that are great for running, walking, or taking a bike ride with the family. The Lansing River Trail, which is part of Crego Park, features over 13 miles of paths. Winter is also a favorite time to get outdoors as many cross-country skiers enjoy the 4-mile Anderson Park Trail. There's plenty of green space for people of all ages, from retirees, active adults, children, and even the family pooch. There’s also no shortage of lakes. Lake Lansing, Park Lake, Duck Lake, and Narrow Lake are all excellent for fishing and kayaking.
5. Vibrant Art Community
There's no shortage ofconcerts and eventsinside and outside the Lansing Center. Michigan State hosts many activities, and the music program is a local favorite, offering recitals throughout the year. Summertime is the best chance to catch one of the many festivals and outdoor art fairs that pop up all over the city.
These are just the top five reasons to love Lansing. The food trucks, Lake Lansing, great public transportation system, vibrant downtown area, and family-friendly communities also make Lansing a great place to call home.
Karen Squire is a freelance journalist and photographer who enjoys traveling. When she’s not taking pictures of her kids, you’ll find her photographing wildlife and national monuments around the country.
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