Introduction to Mason, Michigan

Mason, Michigan, in Ingham county, is 12 miles SE of Lansing, Michigan (center to center) and 73 miles W of Detroit, Michigan. The city is in the Lansing - East Lansing metropolitan area.

Mason History

The Ojibwa tribe of Native Americans originally inhabited the area. Lewis Lacey, the first settler to arrive in 1836, built a saw mill for Noble & Co., following which a member of the firm, Ephraim B. Danforth, settled in the region. Around the same time, Charles Noble purchased part of a forest and established Mason Center on 20 acres of cleared woodland. Soon after, the "Center" part of the name was dropped, and the community was then known as "Mason" in honor of Stevens T. Mason, Michigan's first governor. In 1847, Mason became the seat of Ingham County. It was incorporated first as a village, and in 1875, Mason was given the status of a city. For most of the 20th century, Mason produced baby formula. The Dart Container Corporation is also headquartered in the city.

Mason and Nearby Attractions

  • Mason Area Historical Museum
  • W.K. Kellogg House
  • Waterloo State Recreation Area
  • Potter Park Zoo
  • Lansing Art Gallery

Things To Do In Mason

Artifacts in the Mason Area Historical Museum reflect the area's natural and cultural history. R.E. Olds Transportation Museum showcases exhibits of Oldsmobiles, buggies, bicycles, trucks, and other vehicles including the REO, Durant, Viking, and Star. Battle Creek Sanatarium, and W.K. Kellogg House are historic sites nearby. The Waterloo State Recreation Area, which occupies over 20,000 acres, features 11 lakes, a discovery center, 47 miles of hiking trails, and swimming and picnic areas. Hidden Lake Gardens, Potter Park Zoo, W.J. Beal Botanical Garden, and Binder Park Zoo are other popular places to visit. The residents of Mason also host the Down Home Days, Spring Fling, Ingham County Fair, Mason Steam Engine & Thresher's Club Show, Independence Day Celebration, and Mason Holidays Celebration.

Mason Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Bishop International Airport.

Mason Higher Education

Colleges near Mason are Lansing Community College, Michigan State University, Jackson Community College, and Spring Arbor University.


Total Population 8,317
Male Share of the Population 51.7%
Female Share of the Population 48.3%
Senior Citizens 12.4%
Employed Population 16+ 3,798
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 43.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.7%
Median Earnings25+ $34,669
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,288
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,746


Median Family Income $57,688
% Above Poverty Level 90.7%
% Below Poverty Level 9.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 31.1%
Median Gross Rent $851
Median House Value $117,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.8%
US/American 0%
English 11.4%
Irish 18.9%

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

Mason Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles SE of Lansing, Michigan (center to center)
Nearest Large City 73 miles W of Detroit, Michigan
County Ingham
Metro Area Lansing - East Lansing
Standard Zip Codes 48854
Phone Area Codes 517
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.579
Longitude -84.443

Mason Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.4 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
Distance 20 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
Station ST JOHNS
Distance 30.7 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dansville 526 $65,625
Dimondale 1,162 $88,333
East Lansing 48,669 $88,566
Eaton Rapids 5,221 $49,971
Leslie 1,720 $46,625

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

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Mason High Schools

Serves 1,083 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

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