Mason, Michigan

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Mason, Michigan

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, which is in the Lansing - East Lansing metropolitan area, has a population of 6,714.

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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 13% Mason Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 19% Mason People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of Mason, Michigan

Comparing Mason 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
Well-Paid Single Women 7 8
Female Share of the Population 7 7
Well-Paid Single Men 6 7
Age of the Population 5 6
Senior Citizens 5 5
Male Share of the Population 4 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 3
Racial Diversity 3 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 5
Average Household Size 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 8 9
People in Middle Class or Better 7 9
College Educated Adults 7 9
Median Family Income 6 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 8 8
Short Commute Times 6 6
Public Transportation Use 4 7
Walking and Biking to Work 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 7
People Living Alone 7 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 4
Housing Recently Built 6 8
Affordability of Rents 5 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 2

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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
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Mason Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 6,714 100%
Male 3,177 47.3%
Female 3,537 52.7%
Under 18 1,720 25.6%
18+ 4,994 74.4%
65+ 900 13.4%
Median Age 36.5
Average Family Size 2.96
White 6,444 96%
African-American 43 0.6%
Asian 48 0.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 31 0.5%
Other 50 0.7%
Mixed Race 98 1.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 183 2.7%

Estimated Mason Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 7,985
Growth 1,271
Growth % 18.9%

Mason 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
German 25.1%
English 16.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.9%
Irish 8.7%
US/American 8.1%
Italian 6%
Scottish 4%
Dutch 3.4%
French (except Basque) 2.5%
Polish 2.4%
Scotch-Irish 2.3%
Swedish 2%
Danish 1.6%
Norwegian 1.3%
French Canadian 1.2%
Austrian 0.8%
Hungarian 0.7%
Swiss 0.6%
Canadian 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
Serbian 0.5%
Scandinavian 0.4%
Lebanese 0.4%
Russian 0.4%
Romanian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
British 0.2%
Slavic 0.2%
Australian 0.2%
European 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Mason 6,714 $53,519
Dansville 429 $51,964
Dimondale 1,342 $64,444
East Lansing 46,525 $61,985
Eaton Rapids 5,330 $48,239
Leslie 2,044 $48,162
Williamston 3,441 $51,014
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Serves 1,083 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

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