Lansing is the capital of Michigan. Lansing Michigan is located mostly in Ingham County; although, portions of the city extend west into Eaton County and north into Clinton County. The 2010 Census placed the city’s population at 114,297, making it the fifth largest city in Michigan. As a result, the population of its Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) was 464,036..
The Lansing Metropolitan Area, colloquially referred to as “Mid-Michigan”, is an important center for educational, cultural, governmental, commercial, and industrial functions. The area is home to two medical schools, one veterinary school, two nursing schools, two law schools (including Thomas M. Cooley and Michigan State University College of Law). In addition, Lansing has the Michigan State Capitol, the state Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, a Federal Court, and headquarters of four national insurance companies.
The Lansing metropolitan area’s major industries are government, education, insurance, healthcare, and automobile manufacturing. Being the state capital, many state government workers reside in the area. Furthermore, Michigan State University, Thomas M Cooley Law School, and Lansing Community College are significant employers in the region.
General Motors has offices and a hi-tech manufacturing facility in Lansing and outside the city, as well. The Lansing area is headquarters to four major national insurance companies: Auto-Owners Insurance Company, Jackson National Life, the Accident Fund, and Michigan Millers Insurance Company. Another insurer, based in Lansing, is the Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan.
As a result of early availability of high-speed Internet in 1996, Lansing Information Technology companies became prominent. In addition, MSU, Cooley Law School, and Lansing Community College, fostered an intellectual environment for information technology companies to incubate. Lansing has a number of technology companies in the fields of information technology and biotechnology.
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