East Lansing, Michigan

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East Lansing, Michigan

Introduction to East Lansing, Michigan

The Michigan city of East Lansing, best known as the home of Michigan State University (MSU), lies in northwest Ingham County and is the largest suburban community of the state capital of Lansing. Other large cities nearby include Jackson (40 miles to the south), Flint (45 miles to the northeast), Grand Rapids (65 miles to the west), and Detroit (85 miles to the east). Principal highways serving the area include Interstates I-69, I-96, and I-496; U.S. Route 127; and Michigan State Highway 43.

Incorporated as a city in 1907, East Lansing's actual origins trace back more than fifty years prior, when the State Board of Agriculture established a college for the teaching of scientific agriculture in a barely-developed wilderness a few miles east of the newly-constructed wood-framed State Capitol building. In those early days the surrounding village, officially registered as "Collegeville", owed its existence to the presence of teachers and students. Michigan Agricultural College was eventually renamed Michigan State College in 1925 and later Michigan State University in 1955. During this time the city and its university have grown in tandem, and today East Lansing is a thriving college town and Michigan State University has become the largest educational institution in the state.

Points of Interest in East Lansing

East Lansing is the cultural, artistic, and recreational center of central Michigan. Numerous large scale street festivals, outdoor concerts and special events exist year-round to entertain residents and visitors. The East Lansing Film Festival, largest of its kind in Michigan, screens a large variety of genres every spring including features, documentaries, shorts and student films from around the world. The East Lansing Art Festival is another springtime event, held on the weekend before Memorial Day. The Great Lakes Folk Festival, which takes place in August, combines the elements of an arts fair, music festival, county fair, and multi-ethnic cultural celebration into one large event. Other annual celebrations include the Annual Summer Solstice Jazz Festival (June) and the Fountain Square Concert Series (July/August). Cultural sites in town include the Kresge Art Museum, repository since 1959 of Michigan State University's collection of over 7,000 works of art; and the Michigan State University Museum, one of the oldest museums in the Midwest and the first in the state to receive affiliate status from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Other points of interest in and around East Lansing include the following:

  • W. J. Beal Botanical Garden: Oldest of its kind in the United States
  • Michigan State University Horticulture Gardens
  • Beaumont Tower
  • Red Cedar River
  • Michigan Women's Historical Center & Hall of Fame
  • Breslin Center
  • Hannah Community Center
  • East Lansing Family Aquatic Center
  • 4-H Children's Garden
  • Lake Lansing
  • East Lansing Family Aquatic Center
  • Fenner Nature Center
  • Woldumar Nature Center
  • Impression 5 Science Center
  • Potter Park Zoo
  • FunTyme Adventure Park
  • R.E.Olds Transportation Museum
  • Timber Ridge Golf Course
  • Forest Akers Golf Course

For sports fans, Michigan State's outstanding NCAA Division I-A athletic program offers 14 varsity sports for men and 15 for women. The MSU Spartans participate in the Big Ten Conference in all varsity sports except ice hockey (Central Collegiate Hockey Association). Renowned nation-wide for its success in collegiate athletics, Michigan State has captured multiple national titles in football and is the only NCAA Division One Athletic program to have won multiple national championships in both football and basketball.

Neighboring Lansing is home to a professional sports team, Minor League Baseball's Lansing Lugnuts. The Lugnuts compete in the Midwest League as a Class Low-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. Less than two hours to the east is the metropolitan Detroit area, home to several major-league caliber pro teams. Among them are the NFL's Detroit Lions (football), Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers, the NHL's Detroit Red Wings (hockey), and the National Basketball Association's Detroit Pistons. Also in the city is the Detroit Shock of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).

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High Points

East Lansing strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Michigan):

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy East Lansing Walking and Biking to Work
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy East Lansing College Educated Adults
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 2% trophy East Lansing Public Transportation Use
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy East Lansing Short Commute Times
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 7% East Lansing Racial Diversity
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 15% East Lansing Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of East Lansing, Michigan

Comparing East Lansing to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Michigan (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Female Share of the Population 7 5
Well-Paid Single Women 6 7
Racial Diversity 6 10
Male Share of the Population 4 6
Well-Paid Single Men 3 3
Senior Citizens 1 1
Age of the Population 1 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 1 2
Portion of People Married 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
Median Family Income 7 9
People in Middle Class or Better 1 1
People Above Poverty 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Short Commute Times 10 10
Public Transportation Use 8 10
Working at Home 6 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
People Living Alone 10 9
Affordability of Rents 7 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 3
Housing Recently Built 5 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 7 5
Low Violent Crime 5 3

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East Lansing Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles E of Lansing, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 78 miles W of Detroit, Michigan
County Ingham
Metro Area Lansing - East Lansing
Standard Zip Codes 48823, 48824, 48825
P.O. Box Zip Codes 48826
Phone Area Codes 517
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.736
Longitude -84.483

East Lansing Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 4.9 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 29 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 60 F
Annual Precip 30.9 inches
Station ST JOHNS
Distance 19.6 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 29 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 40 to 60 F
Annual Precip 32.9 inches
Distance 22 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 59 F
Annual Precip 33.8 inches
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East Lansing Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 46,525 100%
Male 22,377 48.1%
Female 24,148 51.9%
Under 18 4,200 9%
18+ 42,325 91%
65+ 2,813 6%
Median Age 21.7
Average Family Size 2.82
White 37,645 80.9%
African-American 3,441 7.4%
Asian 3,819 8.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 155 0.3%
Other 442 1%
Mixed Race 985 2.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,252 2.7%

Estimated East Lansing Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 46,419
Growth -106
Growth % -0.2%

East Lansing Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.4%
German 17.6%
Irish 8.9%
English 7.5%
Polish 7.4%
Italian 6.2%
US/American 2.5%
Dutch 2.5%
French (except Basque) 2.2%
Scottish 1.9%
Scotch-Irish 1.6%
Swedish 1.5%
Russian 1.5%
European 1.2%
French Canadian 1.2%
Greek 1%
Norwegian 1%
British 0.7%
Hungarian 0.7%
Welsh 0.7%
Finnish 0.7%
Canadian 0.6%
Ukrainian 0.6%
African 0.5%
Danish 0.4%
Iranian 0.4%
Czech 0.4%
Armenian 0.4%
Belgian 0.4%
Lebanese 0.4%
Austrian 0.3%
Ethiopian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Eastern European 0.3%
Nigerian 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Egyptian 0.2%
Slavic 0.2%
Syrian 0.2%
Other Arab 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Other Subsaharan African 0.2%
Brazilian 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
East Lansing 46,525 $61,985
Dimondale 1,342 $64,444
Laingsburg 1,223 $47,656
Lansing 119,128 $41,283
Mason 6,714 $53,519
Perry 2,065 $48,977
Williamston 3,441 $51,014

East Lansing Public Libraries

East Lansing Public Library
East Lansing, Michigan
(517) 351-2420
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Student/teacher ratio: 18.6

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1. Madison, Wisconsin 93.7   35.3% 9.2% 48.2% 19 $59,840 5.2% 16% 208,054 15% 35 0.3% 4.1
2. Iowa City, Iowa 93   33.7% 7% 55.9% 17 $57,568 4.6% 12.7% 62,220 21.7% 29.7 0.2% 3.4
3. Ann Arbor, Michigan 92.6   35.4% 7.9% 69.3% 20 $71,293 5% 25.3% 114,024 16.6% 27.2 0.5% 2.3
4. Chapel Hill, North Carolina 91.9   31.1% 8% 73.7% 19 $73,483 3.6% 22.1% 48,715 21.6% 45.8 0.7% 4.6
5. Bloomington, Indiana 91.1   39% 7.9% 54.8% 16 $50,054 4.1% 13% 69,291 29.6% 36 0.6% 2.1
6. San Luis Obispo, California 90.8   32.8% 12.1% 40.9% 16 $56,319 3.4% 15.9% 44,174 26.6% 44.6 0.6% 4.1
7. Columbia, Missouri 88.6   32.9% 8.6% 50.5% 16 $52,288 5.8% 18.5% 84,531 19.2% 35.7 0.3% 5.1
8. West Chester, Pennsylvania 88.6   35.4% 9% 39% 21 $51,018 4.2% 24.6% 17,861 21.4% 31.8 0.3% 4.9
9. Auburn, Alabama 87.4   36.6% 6.4% 56% 17 $55,619 4.1% 21.9% 42,987 38.1% 49.3 0.5% 3.4
10. Stevens Point, Wisconsin 83.1   32.8% 12.1% 26.1% 15 $47,176 5% 7.5% 24,551 17.3% 35.6 0.2% 2.7
11. Warrensburg, Missouri 80   30.1% 9.7% 37.2% 19 $45,845 5.2% 13.1% 16,340 24.3% 32.1 0.1% 2.4
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Library (museum, Michigan Agricultural College i.e. Michigan State University) between 1905 and 1920

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Library (museum, Michigan Agricultural College i.e. Michigan State University) between 1905 and 1920

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