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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population8,334
Male Share of the Population52.6%
Female Share of the Population47.4%
Senior Citizens14.9%
Employed Population 16+3,649
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married41.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher28.9%
Median Earnings25+$35,131
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,856
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,690

Wealth

Median Family Income$55,066
% Above Poverty Level89.5%
% Below Poverty Level10.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.3%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone29.2%
Median Gross Rent$875
Median House Value$115,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)21.1%
Irish17.7%
English12.6%
Polish5.5%
French Except Basque4%
Italian4%
Scottish3.8%
Canadian2.6%
Dutch2.6%
Swedish2.2%
Belgian0.9%
Hungarian0.8%
Norwegian0.8%
Danishn0.7%
Arab0.5%
Finnish0.5%
German0.4%
Greek0.4%
Lebanese0.4%
Welsh0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Ukrainian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Russian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Latvian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Serbian0.1%
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Mason Almanac

CategoryValue
County Ingham County
Standard Zip Codes48854
Phone Area Codes517
Time ZoneAmerica/Detroit
Approximate Latitude42.58
Approximate Longitude-84.44

Mason Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationEAST LANSING 4 S
Distance6.4 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
Distance20 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
StationST JOHNS
Distance30.7 miles
Jan Temp14 to 29 F
Apr Temp35 to 56 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp40 to 60 F
Annual Precip32.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Dansville603$61,875
Dimondale1,134$83,750
East Lansing48,395$92,476
Eaton Rapids5,212$52,557
Leslie1,865$55,385
Williamston3,859$71,198

Mason Public Schools

Alaiedon Elementary School
1723 Okemos Rd
ZIP: 48854
(517) 676-6499
Primary
Total Enrollment 443
Heartwood School
625 Hagadorn Rd
ZIP: 48854
(517) 244-1404
Other
Total Enrollment 95
Ingham Administrative Unit
2630 West Howell Rd
ZIP: 48854
(517) 244-1214
Primary
Mason High School
1001 South Barnes St
ZIP: 48854
(517) 676-9055
High
Total Enrollment 1019
Mason Middle School
235 Temple St
ZIP: 48854
(517) 676-6514
Middle
Total Enrollment 700
North Aurelius Elementary School
115 North Aurelius Rd
ZIP: 48854
(517) 676-6506
Primary
Total Enrollment 472
School To Work Transition Program
611 Hagadorn Rd
ZIP: 48854
(517) 244-1263
High
Total Enrollment 12
Slc/evergreen
611 Hagadorn Rd
ZIP: 48854
(517) 244-1354
Other
Total Enrollment 40
Steele Street Elementary School
531 Steele St
ZIP: 48854
(517) 676-6510
Primary
Total Enrollment 471
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