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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population114,773
Male Share of the Population48.1%
Female Share of the Population51.9%
Senior Citizens10.7%
Employed Population 16+51,932
Age of the Population32

Families

% of people married33.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher25.4%
Median Earnings25+$27,369
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,013
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,498

Wealth

Median Family Income$42,644
% Above Poverty Level70.5%
% Below Poverty Level29.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.6%
% Using Public Transportation4.6%

Housing

People Living Alone38.1%
Median Gross Rent$763
Median House Value$75,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)41.2%
Irish9.7%
English7.8%
Polish4.4%
Italian3.1%
French Except Basque2.9%
Dutch2.5%
Scottish2.1%
Arab1.8%
African1.4%
Canadian1.2%
Swedish1.1%
Lebanese0.7%
Hungarian0.5%
Finnish0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Czech0.5%
Iraqi0.5%
West Indian0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Russian0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Somali0.3%
Greek0.3%
Belgian0.3%
Ukrainian0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Haitian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Jordanian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Sudanese0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
German0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
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Lansing Almanac

CategoryValue
County Ingham County, Eaton County
Standard Zip Codes48906, 48910, 48911, 48912, 48915, 48917, 48924, 48933
P.O. Box Zip Codes48901, 48908, 48909
Company Zip Codes48913, 48916, 48918, 48919, 48921, 48922, 48929, 48930, 48937, 48951, 48956, 48980
Phone Area Codes517
Time ZoneAmerica/Detroit
Approximate Latitude42.7
Approximate Longitude-84.55

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)

StationLANSING CAPITAL CITY AP
Distance3.8 miles
Jan Temp14 to 29 F
Apr Temp35 to 57 F
Jul Temp58 to 82 F
Oct Temp39 to 60 F
Annual Precip31.5 inches
StationEAST LANSING 4 S
Distance5.8 miles
Jan Temp13 to 29 F
Apr Temp35 to 56 F
Jul Temp59 to 82 F
Oct Temp38 to 60 F
Annual Precip30.9 inches
StationCHARLOTTE
Distance19 miles
Jan Temp15 to 29 F
Apr Temp36 to 56 F
Jul Temp60 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 59 F
Annual Precip33.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Dimondale1,134$83,750
Eagle104$64,688
East Lansing48,395$92,476
Grand Ledge7,794$66,092
Mason8,334$55,066
Potterville2,621$59,375

Lansing Public Libraries

Capital Area District Library
401 SOUTH CAPITOL AVENUE
Lansing, Michigan
(517) 367-6300
Delta Township District Library
5130 DAVENPORT DRIVE
Lansing, Michigan
(517) 321-4014

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Lansing Hospitals

Sparrow Health System-st Lawrence Campus
(Non-profit)
1210 W Saginaw
Edward W Sparrow Hospital
(Non-profit)
1215 E Michigan Avenue
Mclaren Orthopedic Hospital
(Non-profit)
2727 S Pennsylvania
Mclaren - Greater Lansing
(Non-profit)
401 W Greenlawn Ave
Sparrow Specialty Hospital
(Non-profit)
1210 W Saginaw

Lansing Public Schools

Gier Park School
401 East Gier St
ZIP: 48906
(517) 755-1360
Primary
Total Enrollment 321
Cumberland School
2801 Cumberland Rd
ZIP: 48906
(517) 755-1280
Primary
Total Enrollment 260
Mid-michigan Leadership Academy
730 West Maple St
ZIP: 48906
(517) 485-5379
Primary
Total Enrollment 248
Blended Learning Academies Credit Recovery High School
1754 E Clark Rd
ZIP: 48906
(517) 214-1880
High
Total Enrollment 53
Sheridan Road
16900 Cedar St
ZIP: 48906
(517) 755-1630
Middle
Total Enrollment 287
El-hajj Malik El-shabazz Academy
1028 West Barnes Ave
ZIP: 48910
(517) 267-8474
Primary
Total Enrollment 301
Kendon School
827 Kendon Dr
ZIP: 48910
(517) 755-1450
Primary
Total Enrollment 176
Pleasant View Magnet School
4501 Pleasant Grove Rd
ZIP: 48910
(517) 755-1600
Primary
Total Enrollment 480
Cole Academy
1915 West Mount Hope Ave
ZIP: 48910
(517) 372-0038
Primary
Total Enrollment 207
Mt. Hope School
1215 E Mount Hope Ave
ZIP: 48910
(517) 755-1550
Middle
Total Enrollment 245
Beekman Center
2901 Wabash Rd
ZIP: 48910
(517) 755-1170
Other
Total Enrollment 94
Ingham Academy/family Center
1601 West Holmes Rd
ZIP: 48910
(517) 352-2692
High
Total Enrollment 77
Forest View School
3119 Stoneleigh Dr
ZIP: 48910
(517) 755-1330
Primary
Total Enrollment 167
Lyons School
2901 Lyons Ave
ZIP: 48910
(517) 755-1480
Primary
Total Enrollment 307
Life Tech Academy
3101 Technology Blvd
ZIP: 48910
(517) 325-5469
High
Total Enrollment 90
Lansing Charter Academy
3300 Express Ct
ZIP: 48910
(517) 882-9585
Primary
Total Enrollment 741
Reo School
1221 Reo Ct
ZIP: 48910
(517) 755-1620
Primary
Total Enrollment 203
Everett High School
3900 Stabler St
ZIP: 48910
(517) 755-1080
High
Total Enrollment 1525
Cavanaugh School
300 West Cavanaugh Rd
ZIP: 48910
(517) 755-1250
Primary
Total Enrollment 227
Gardner Academy
333 Dahlia Dr
ZIP: 48911
(517) 755-1120
Primary
Total Enrollment 755
North School
333 East Miller Rd
ZIP: 48911
(517) 755-1710
Primary
Total Enrollment 536
Woodcreek Achievement Center
4000 Woodcreek Ln
ZIP: 48911
(517) 755-1700
High
Total Enrollment 343
Lansing K-8 Stem Magnet Academy
2600 Hampden Dr
ZIP: 48911
(517) 755-1160
Primary
Total Enrollment 518
Forrest G. Averill School
3201 Averill Dr
ZIP: 48911
(517) 755-1220
Primary
Total Enrollment 288
Lewton School
2000 Lewton Pl
ZIP: 48911
(517) 755-1460
Middle
Total Enrollment 238
Attwood School
915 Attwood Dr
ZIP: 48911
(517) 755-1210
Middle
Total Enrollment 300
Wexford Montessori Magnet School
5217 Wexford Rd
ZIP: 48911
(517) 755-1740
Primary
Total Enrollment 346
Post Oak School
2320 Post Oak Ln
ZIP: 48912
(517) 755-1610
Primary
Total Enrollment 351
Fairview School
815 North Fairview Ave
ZIP: 48912
(517) 755-1310
Primary
Total Enrollment 225
Pattengill Academy
626 Marshall St
ZIP: 48912
(517) 755-1130
Middle
Total Enrollment 493
Eastern High School
220 North Pennsylvania Ave
ZIP: 48912
(517) 755-1050
High
Total Enrollment 1321
Willow School
1012 West Willow St
ZIP: 48915
(517) 755-1680
Primary
Total Enrollment 237
J.w. Sexton High School
102 Mcpherson Ave
ZIP: 48915
(517) 755-1070
High
Total Enrollment 872
Riddle Elementary
221 Huron St
ZIP: 48915
(517) 755-1720
Primary
Total Enrollment 186
Elmwood Elementary School
1533 Elmwood Rd
ZIP: 48917
(517) 321-3383
Primary
Total Enrollment 318
Meryl S. Colt Elementary School
4344 West Michigan Ave
ZIP: 48917
(517) 323-3777
Primary
Total Enrollment 204
Delta Center Elementary School
305 South Canal Rd
ZIP: 48917
(517) 925-5540
Primary
Total Enrollment 587
Waverly Middle School
620 Snow Rd
ZIP: 48917
(517) 321-7240
Middle
Total Enrollment 441
East Intermediate School
3131 West Michigan Ave
ZIP: 48917
(517) 484-8830
Middle
Total Enrollment 364
Windemere Park Charter Academy
3100 West Saginaw St
ZIP: 48917
(517) 327-0700
Primary
Total Enrollment 721
St. Vincent Home
2800 West Willow St
ZIP: 48917
(517) 244-1354
Other
Total Enrollment 22
Waverly Senior High School
160 Snow Rd
ZIP: 48917
(517) 323-3831
High
Total Enrollment 1021
Insight School Of Michigan
6512 Centurion Dr
ZIP: 48917
(240) 461-9924
Other
Total Enrollment 423
Winans Elementary School
5401 W Michigan Ave
ZIP: 48917
(517) 321-2371
Primary
Total Enrollment 386
The Early College @ Lansing Community College
430 N. Capitol Ave. Suite 118
ZIP: 48933
(517) 244-1254
High
Total Enrollment 190

Lansing Private Schools

Emanuel Lutheran School
1001 N Capitol Ave
ZIP: 48906
Elementary
Total Enrollment 49
Immaculate Heart Of Mary-st Casmir School
3830 Rosemont St
ZIP: 48910
Elementary
Total Enrollment 221
Pam's Academy Of Champions
1205 Pierce Rd
ZIP: 48910
Elementary
Total Enrollment 37
Lansing Baptist School
1902 E Cavanaugh Rd
ZIP: 48910
Secondary
Total Enrollment 20
Lansing Christian School
3405 Belle Chase Way
ZIP: 48911
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 520
Resurrection School
1527 E Michigan Ave
ZIP: 48912
Elementary
Total Enrollment 154
Montessori Childrens House
2100 W Saint Joseph St
ZIP: 48915
Elementary
Total Enrollment 99
New Covenant Christian School
4415 W St Joseph Hwy
ZIP: 48917
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 95
Greater Lansing Adventist School
5330 W St Joe Hwy
ZIP: 48917
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 46
Our Savior Lutheran School
7910 E St Joe Hwy
ZIP: 48917
Elementary
Total Enrollment 167
St Gerard Elementary School
4433 W Willow Hwy
ZIP: 48917
Elementary
Total Enrollment 472
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