Lansing Named Among America’s Best Big Small Cities

By Natalie Jones / 09.09.20 / 3 min read

We’re excited to see that Lansing ranks at No. 22 in a recent list of the best places to live in the United States following COVID-19. This is partially due to the city’s significant share of remote jobs at 41%, one of the highest among all cities on the list. Additionally, the cost of living falls 8.8% below the country’s average.

Another positive about Lansing comes with its population. Area Development classifies the city as a “midsize” market. Lansing is a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) with a population of 464,036, fitting the qualifications of a reduced-density population that attracts Americans, according to Business Insider.

The type of jobs present an appealing quality of Lansing. 44% of Lansing’s jobs are included under “durable employment sectors” according to the Yardi Matrix. These jobs remain sturdy during times of economic distress such as the current state with COVID-19.

Bob Trezise, president and CEO of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), praised the business landscape of the city. “Before the great disruption of the coronavirus crisis, we knew that Lansing, including the surrounding region of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties, is America’s best big small city” said Trezise.

“Our region is the perfect fit for businesses looking to grow or land in the United States and for talent seeking the balance of a midsize community that provides both big-city amenities and smalltown community and charm.”

With established educational institutions in Michigan State University (MSU) and Lansing Community College (LCC), Lansing possesses a strong talent pipeline that propels the city. Area Development cites these pipelines as the dominant factor when considering location and the midsize market size. The talent paired with people moving to an urban center and the array of work options creates a bright future for Lansing.

As the city focuses on economic recovery from COVID-19, it simultaneously embraces the “big small city” image with strength in business, industry, and talent. To read the full press release about Lansing, click here: https://martinquiver.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Lansing-Michigan-America’s-Best-Big-Small-City.pdf