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Overview

Introduction to Lansing, Michigan

The city of Lansing, situated on the banks of Michigan's Grand River, is the capital city of the state. Located about 90 miles west of Detroit, Lansing is often referred to as the Car Capital of North America and is the birthplace of Oldsmobile, which was founded in 1897. Most of Lansing is located in Ingham County, although Lansing is the only U.S. state capital located in a county for which it is not also a county seat (the county seat of Ingham County is the city of Mason). The main thoroughfares servicing the Lansing area include Interstates I-69, I-96, and I-496; U.S. Route 127; and Michigan State Highways 43 and 99. The neighboring city of East Lansing, only four miles away, is well known for being the home of Michigan State University (MSU).

Although relatively undeveloped at the time, Lansing was chosen as a more favorable alternative to Detroit to become Michigan’s capital in 1847. The city's central location and Detroit's close proximity to British-controlled Canada were prime factors in this decision. By 1859, the small community had grown to a few thousand and became incorporated as a city. Lansing grew steadily through the next few decades with significant milestones including the completion of railroads through the city and the dedication of the state capitol building in 1879. The city later became an industrial powerhouse starting with the founding of the Olds Motor Vehicle Company in 1897. The ensuing decades saw the city transform itself into a major American industrial center for the manufacturing of automobiles and automobile parts as well as several other industries. Lansing today boasts an economy diversified among several industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, government service, and education.

Things to See and Do in Lansing

Lansing boasts several attractions and both cultural and recreational sites. The Potter Park Zoo, located along the city's Red Cedar River, houses hundreds of animals and offers several programs and events for children and families. Museums in town include the Michigan Historical Museum and the Telephone Pioneer Museum. Downtown theaters include the Riverwalk Theatre and the BoarsHead Theater, and entertainment is provided by the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and the Greater Lansing Ballet Company. Two of the state's larger music festivals, the Lansing JazzFest and the Old Town BluesFest, are held each year in Lansing. The eight mile long Lansing River Trail runs along the Grand and Red Cedar rivers, and passes Potter Park Zoo and several other places of interest. Nearby East Landing boasts several attractions of its own, including the Kresge Art Museum and the Michigan State University Museum, and hosts numerous annual events, including the East Lansing Film Festival and the Great Lakes Folk Festival.

Lansing boasts a thriving minor league baseball team. The Lansing Lugnuts are members of the Midwest League and serve as the Class Low-A affiliate of Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays. The Lugnuts play their home games at Lansing's Oldsmobile Park. Another pro team in town is basketball's Lansing Capitals, who play in the International Basketball League (IBL). Neighboring East Lansing is home to Michigan State University, whose Spartans participate in the Big Ten Conference. Michigan State is well-known as a Big Ten staple and has captured many national titles in both football and basketball.

People

Total Population 114,485
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 10.6%
Employed Population 16+ 50,723
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 34.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.7%
Median Earnings25+ $26,980
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,855
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,431

Wealth

Median Family Income $42,150
% Above Poverty Level 70.4%
% Below Poverty Level 29.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.2%
% Using Public Transportation 4.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.9%
Median Gross Rent $734
Median House Value $76,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41.9%
US/American 0.1%
English 8%
Irish 9.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lansing Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 81 miles W of Detroit, Michigan
County Ingham
Metro Area Lansing - East Lansing
Standard Zip Codes 48906, 48910, 48911, 48912, 48915, 48917, 48924, 48933
P.O. Box Zip Codes 48901, 48907, 48908, 48909
Company Zip Codes 48913, 48916, 48918, 48919, 48921, 48922, 48929, 48930, 48937, 48950, 48951, 48956, 48980
Phone Area Codes 517
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.732
Longitude -84.555

Lansing Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LANSING CAPITAL CITY AP
Distance 3.8 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 29 F
Apr Temp 35 to 57 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 31.5 inches
Station EAST LANSING 4 S
Distance 5.8 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 CHARLOTTE
Distance 19 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dimondale 1,162 $88,333
Eagle 93 $60,313
East Lansing 48,669 $88,566
Grand Ledge 7,792 $63,864
Mason 8,317 $57,688
Potterville 2,612 $57,962

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Lansing Public Libraries

Library
Capital Area District Library
401 SOUTH CAPITOL AVENUE
Lansing, Michigan
(517) 367-6300
Library Web Site
Delta Township District Library
4538 ELIZABETH ROAD
Lansing, Michigan
(517) 321-4014

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Lansing Hospitals

INGHAM REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
401 W GREENLAWN AVE
(517) 334-2967
Emergency Service: Yes

EDWARD W SPARROW HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1215 E MICHIGAN AVENUE
(517) 364-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Lansing High Schools

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EVERETT HIGH SCHOOL
3900 STABLER STREET
517-325-6600
Serves 1,624 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 54.1

EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL
220 N. PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE
517-325-6500
Serves 1,454 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 48.5

J.W. SEXTON HIGH SCHOOL
102 S. MCPHERSON AVENUE
517-325-6700
Serves 1,125 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 53.6

WAVERLY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
160 SNOW RD
517-323-3831
A Title I School.
Serves 1,064 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.4

DEWITT HIGH SCHOOL
3100 W. CLARK ROAD
517-668-3100
Serves 848 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

WALTER FRENCH ACADEMY
1900 S. CEDAR STREET
517-487-8983
A Charter School.
Serves 415 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.8

BEEKMAN CENTER
2901 WABASH ROAD
517-325-6764
A Special Education School
Serves 178 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 59.3

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS LEARNING CENTER
5815 WISE ROAD
517-325-6225
A Non-traditional School
Serves 96 students.

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