Michigan’s Fastest Growing County – Strategically located in the center of the Midwest and Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, Clinton County Michigan is part of the Lansing-East Lansing-Owosso Combined Statistical Area (CSA) which has a population of 523,609. Almost 57% of the CSA’s workforce over the age of 25 has some college, an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, or an advanced or professional degree.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Clinton County is the fastest growing Michigan County with 75,372 residents, an increase of 16.4 percent since 2000.
Clinton County has business-oriented government officials from the private sector; an excellent availability of reasonably priced land and office, commercial, and industrial space; a productive, knowledge-based workforce; close proximity to major interstate highways with connectivity to national north/south and east/west interstates; and international air service at Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport which is located in Clinton County.
Logistics and Transportation
Clinton County offers one of the most efficient business gateways to customers and suppliers in North America with 62 percent of all U.S. and Canadian manufacturing locations located within 600 miles or a one-day drive from Clinton County.
Interstate highways I-69 with direct access to Canada at the Blue Water Bridge which connects Port Huron, Michigan with Sarnia, Ontario and I-96 run directly through Clinton County. The County is also less than an hour west of I-275 which feeds into I-75 (Sault St. Marie, Michigan to Naples, Florida) and its connections to I-80 (New York to San Francisco) and I-90 (Boston to Seattle). U.S. 127 which bisects the County runs from Grayling, Michigan to Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Michigan State University
Part of East Lansing, the home of Michigan State University, is located within southern Clinton County. MSU is the 9th largest university campus in the U.S. with a total enrollment of 47,131 from all 50 states and 130 countries.
Research and other grants to MSU from top federal funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture totaled $495 million in the 2009–10 school year.
Michigan State’s graduate programs in nuclear physics rank first in the nation – graduating one in 10 of PH.Ds conferred in the United States. The University’s National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory is the nation’s premier rare isotope research facility.
In 2007, MSU was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to design and establish the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, a $600 million facility that will advance understanding of rare nuclear isotopes and the evolution of the cosmos as it provides research opportunities for scientists and students from around the globe.
Michigan State University is the only university in the country with three on-campus medical schools. MSU’s Eli Broad College of Business undergraduate supply chain program ranks second in the nation. Other top-ranked undergraduate programs at Broad include accounting and production/operations management, both ranked 12th, and international business, ranked 20th.
MSU has pioneered advancements in agricultural and natural resource research ranging from Malcolm Trout’s process for homogenizing milk to the hybridization of corn by William Beal.
Clinton County is the #1 Michigan County in milk production. Most dairy farmers in the County grow their own feed which provides stability for milk production. Clinton County is also known for its production of soybeans, corn and raising cattle. The County is 40% urban and 60% agricultural. It is a rich and varied agricultural area with about 90 percent of the farmland in the County classified as prime growing soil.
The growing of spearmint and peppermint is unique to this area, using the rich black soil that prevails. Mint farming began with a two-acre crop of peppermint in 1913. Today the County ranks first in the production of mint in Michigan, with approximately 5,000 acres of mint farmed. Each year the mint farming heritage is celebrated at the “St. Johns Mint Festival”.
Quality of Life
The December 2009 cost of living index in Clinton County was almost 20% below the national average at 80.9% versus the U.S. average of 100 making our community very affordable for housing, goods, and services.
Locally, residents can enjoy the Lansing Symphony, the Greater Lansing Ballet Company, or catch one of the many touring Broadway shows at Michigan State University’s Wharton Center for Performing Arts. There is Big 10 football, basketball and other sports at MSU. And, Detroit is only a 90 minute drive to the southeast for Major League Baseball and the Detroit Tigers, the NFL Detroit Lions, the NBA Detroit Pistons, and perennial NHL championship contenders in the Detroit Red Wings.
For swimming, boating and fishing enthusiasts, Clinton County is only a 90 minute drive to the beaches of Lake Michigan to the west or Lake Huron to the east. Lake Lansing or any one of the hundreds of local lakes and rivers in mid-Michigan can provide a local option.
All this make Clinton County one of the most exceptional areas to live and work in Michigan and the Midwest.