MI Capital Region

The Regional Prosperity Initiative is designed to empower local and regional stakeholders to develop a collaborative strategy for economic prosperity. South Central Prosperity Region 7 (comprising Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties) is building a blueprint of a united economic vision that will become the catalyst for sustainable regional prosperity. Snapshots of our region’s key indicators provide foundational measures of success, opportunities, and assets.

 

Economy & Financial Health

The basic ability to provide for
oneself and one’s family.

 

Education & Talent

Developing and maintaining
a diverse talent pool.

 

 

Environment

All things that contribute to
our daily surroundings.

 

Culture & Lifestyle

Elements that create a lifestyle
one is content with.

TOTAL EMPLOYMENT

The number of jobs (full time and part time) in the region each year. Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis

262,495

2013

266,477

2014

267,594

2015

271,439

2016

275,517

2017

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

The percentage of the population that is not employed and is actively looking for employment. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

NUMBER OF BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTS
The number of business establishments in the region each year. Source:  U.S. Census Bureau

9,474

2012

9,469

2013

9,486

2014

9,453

2015

9,506

2016

ASSET LIMITED, INCOME CONSTRAINED, EMPLOYED (ALICE) POPULATION

The percentage of households, as of 2017, below the ALICE threshold for meeting basic costs of living. Source: United Way of Michigan

34%

Clinton County

30%

Eaton County

44%

Ingham County

43%

Michigan

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME

Half of all households in the region have an income higher than the median, and the other half have an income lower than the median. Source: U.S. Census Bureau

 

$50,132

2008

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$54,016

2017

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

The percentage of households that are spending an “affordable” amount on housing (less than 30 percent of income). Source: U.S. Census Bureau

 

HOUSING TENURE: RENTAL VS. OWNERSHIP

The average cost to rent and median price to buy a single-family home. Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

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$827/month

RENT

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$158,000

OWN

Lansing housing tenure map courtesy of Christopher Greene-Szmadzinski.

NUMBER OF PEOPLE MOVING TO THE REGION


The number of people currently living in the region that lived in a different state or nation the previous year. Source: U.S. Census Bureau

 

 

MEDIAN AGE IN POPULATION

The average age of residents by county in the region and the state. Source: American Community Survey

clinton county
40

Clinton County

eaton county
41

Eaton County

ingham county
31

Ingham County

michigan
39

Michigan

KNOWLEDGE SECTOR: 2009–2018

The change in occupations classified within the knowledge sector compared to change in total occupations. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Knowledge sector occupations are projected for significant growth in the coming decades. The knowledge sector is defined by occupations that require a significant level of education, adaptable skills, and/or creativity. Knowledge sector occupations include nine of the 22 broad standard occupational classification (SOC) codes utilized by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The nine SOC codes include Management; Business and Financial Operations; Computer and Mathematical; Architecture and Engineering; Life, Physical, and Social Science; Legal; Education, Training, and Library; Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media; and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical occupations.

 

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+7.28%

All Occupations

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+16.52%

Knowledge Sector Occupations

REGIONAL PRIVATE SECTOR VS. GOVERNMENT SECTOR GDP GROWTH

A five-year comparison of the region’s economic health. Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

 

TOP EMPLOYMENT BY OCCUPATION

The top percentages of occupations within the knowledge sector in the Lansing region as of 2017. Source: U.S. Census Bureau

 

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10.2%

Management Occupations

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8.11%

Education, Training, and Library Occupations

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5.19%

Business and Financial Operations Occupations

 

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3.63%

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations

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3.39%

Computer and Mathematical Occupations

POPULATION WITH ASSOCIATES DEGREE OR HIGHER


The percentage of individuals who have obtained a degree beyond high school. Source: U.S. Census Bureau

 

POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTION ENROLLMENT

The number of individuals enrolled in postsecondary institutions in the region as of 2017. Source: U.S. Census Bureau

graduate

66,673

HIGH-SCHOOL DROPOUT RATE

The percentage of public high-school students who, after beginning ninth grade four years ago, dropped out of school. Source: MI School Data

 

2018: 9%

9%

HIGH-SCHOOL GRADUATION RATE

The percentage of public high-school students who, after beginning ninth grade four years ago, graduated high school. Source: MI School Data

 

2018: 81%

81%

 

POPULATION AGES THREE AND FOUR IN PRESCHOOL
The percentage of children ages three and four currently enrolled in preschool. Source: U.S. Census Bureau

 

39%

2007
44%

2012
45%

2017

NATURAL ASSETS

This section provides the total acres of parks in the region, including public and private parks; the acres of potential conservation areas, defined as areas with potential for high-quality natural areas and unique natural features; and the total miles of nonmotorized trails.

 

COMMUTING & AIR QUALITY

This section includes information that describes regional air quality and commute patterns.

 

 

RACIAL DIVERSITY
The percentage of the population self-identifying as a particular race. Source: U.S. Census Bureau

 

2008

 

As of 2008, the total Hispanic population in the tri-county area is 27,420 people or 5.9 percent of the population.
2017

 

As of 2017, the total Hispanic population in the tri-county area is 30,814 people or 6.5 percent of the population.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT POPULATION

The number of international students (undergraduate, graduate, and nondegree) enrolled at Michigan State University. Source: Michigan State University

7,645

2014

7,572

2015

7,269

2016

6,850

2017

6,263

2018

QUALITY OF LIFE

This section includes information describing the region’s commitment to creating communities that are great places to live, work, and play.

The Regional Prosperity Initiative is a voluntary competitive grant process. Partners spearheading this initiative include Capital Area Michigan Works!Lansing Community CollegeLansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Lansing Economic Area PartnershipMichigan State University,  and the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission. We actively look for innovative and sustainable ways to leverage regional resources to support our comprehensive economic strategy.

Please contact Rachel Elsinga at relsinga@mitcrpc.org for additional information.