Under the guidance of governor Kauko Sipponen the administrative district of Central Finland concentrated on fostering the province's economic life and cultural projects. The activities of the district administration were extended to education and social departments and to area planning. The planning and construction departments focused on target and area plans extending over many years. The province became increasingly divided into industrial centres and rural municipalities where farming was the mainstay. The latter were situated on the edges of the administrative district, far from the main transport routes in Central Finland.

The population of Central Finland decreased by the end of the decade. Many residents of remote villages moved to towns and industrial centres in the province. Suburbs and other built-up areas were constructed in growth centres in the vicinity of main roads and the railway network. Central Finland's transport network was complemented by the Jämsänkoski-Jyväskylä railway intended for cargo and passenger traffic, rendering the Haapamäki junction almost useless.