Lansing city, Michigan

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Lansing city, Michigan

Lansing city, Michigan
Nickname(s):Capital City, L-Town, The Heart of Michigan
- Total:114.297 (2010)
- Density:3.089,1/sq mi (1.215,9/sq km)
Area code(s):517
Time zone:EST (UTC-5)
Summer Time zone:EDT (UTC-4)
- Total:38 sq mi (96 sq km)
- Land:37 sq mi (94 sq km)
- Water:1 sq mi (2 sq km)
- % water:2,08 %

Quick information summary of the Lansing city area.

Lansing city is located in the state of Michigan. It occupies the area of 38 square miles. 1 square miles are water areas and 37 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Lansing city lies at +42.7097871, -084.5562219 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 114.297 living in the Lansing city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : White (61.23%), Black or African American (23.74%) and Two or More races (6.18%). Median age is 31 for the males and 33 for the females.

Lansing is the capital and the fifth-largest city in the state of Michigan. It has a population of 114,297 (as of 2010 Census) and it is the only state capital in the USA that is not also a county seat. The city is located in Ingham County and also partly in Eaton County.

The city was founded in 1835 and today it occupies an area of 36 square miles. It lies in the Eastern Time Zone (UTC-5). Residents of Lansing are called Lansingites.

The Lansing Metropolitan Area, often called “Mid-Michigan” because of its central location within the state, has 464,036 inhabitants and is an important educational, cultural, technological, governmental and health care center.

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Statistical data for the Lansing city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

White alone
69,98361.23 %
Black or African American alone
27,13823.74 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
8820.77 %
Asian alone
4,2563.72 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
540.05 %
Some Other Race alone
4,9184.30 %
Two or More races
7,0666.18 %

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Population break-up based on Counties and Subdivisions in the area

Counties Subdivisions
County (whole county) Lansing city part within the County Subdivision (whole subdivision) Lansing city part within the Subdivision
Eaton County 107.759- Lansing city part4.734
Lansing city 4.734- Lansing city part4.734- Lansing city part109.563
Ingham County 280.895- Lansing city part109.563
Lansing city 109.563- Lansing city part4.734- Lansing city part109.563

Profile of the Lansing city

History of Lansing

The Lansing area was first explored in 1790, however at the time it did not seem appropriate for settling or even purchasing. In 1835, two brothers from Lansing, New York ventured into the area and plotted a piece of land just south of present-day downtown Lansing. The land was frequently flooded and it certainly wasn’t good for settling, but the brothers still came back to their home town, told their friends and fellow residents about this great new city and sold a lot of plots. When the new owners came, they realized they were victims of a fraud, but remained in the area nevertheless, settling in what is today Metropolitan Lansing, naming the area after their hometown back in New York. The new town was small and had only 20 residents but its fate changed in 1847, when it was decided that the state capital should be moved from Detroit to a safer location in the central part of the state, away from Canada. Several large cities were considered for the capital, but when the consensus could not be reached, the frustrated state representatives chose Lansing, surprising and aggravating everyone.

Naturally, after it became the capital of Michigan, Lansing experienced a sudden boom. New settlements emerged and formed a larger township, focused around three key points: Lower Town (present-day Old Town), Upper Town (present-day REO Town) and Middle Town (present-day downtown). The city was incorporated in 1859 and it soon got its first railroad, a plank road and the capitol building.

Lansing became what it is today mostly thanks to the foundation of Olds Motor Vehicle Company in 1897. The company changed name to REO Motor Car Company in 1905 and was quickly joined by other automotive companies, such as Clarkmobile. Over the course of the 20th century, Lansing became a major industrial center, especially for automobiles and car parts.

Geography and Climate

Lansing is located in central Michigan, a region often called Mid-Michigan, at the south central part of the peninsula. It was founded near the confluence of Grand River and Red Cedar River. The Grand River, which is the largest river in the state, runs through downtown Lansing and the Red Cedar River flows through the Michigan State University campus. Lansing area has two lakes: Park Lake and Lake Lansing. The elevation in the city ranges from 890 feet to 805 feet.

The city has a humid continental climate, typical for a Midwestern city and influenced by the Great Lakes. The summers are warm to hot and humid, while winters are cold, with a lot of snow.

Lansing is divided into four sections. The Eastside is the most ethnically diverse and has the most foreign-born citizens. The Westside is the most socio-economically diverse part of Lansing and it contains the downtown area as well as a number of residential neighborhoods. The Southside is the largest, the most populous and mostly suburban. The Northwest side is the smallest, mostly suburban and partly rural as well.


The largest racial group in Lansing are Whites (61.2%), followed by African Americans (23.7%), Hispanics or Latinos (12.5%), Asians (3.7%), Native Americans (0.8%) and Pacific Islanders (0.4%).


In the past, the automotive industry has been the number one economy sector in Lansing. Today, the economy is much more diversified, with the most important sectors being state and local government, education, healthcare and insurance.

General Motors has a strong presence in Lansing and its metropolitan area. Insurance companies with headquarters in Lansing include Jackson National Life, Accident Fund, Auto-Owners Insurance and Michigan Millers Insurance Company. One of the large employers in the city is also Quality Dairy, a locally owned chain of convenience stores.

The city also has a number of companies from the fields of biotechnology and information technology, such as Neogen, Emergent BioSolutions, Liquid Web,, IBM and others.


Sparrow Hospital and McLaren-Greater Lansing Hospitals are two major teaching hospitals in the Lansing area. Michigan State University located in Lansing, with the ninth-largest campus in the USA, is one of the Big Ten Conference. It has 200 study programs and fourteen schools and colleges.

Another important institution of higher education in Lansing is the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, the largest law school in the United States. Other colleges and universities include Lansing Community College, Western Michigan University, Davenport University, Central Michigan University and Great Lakes Christian College.

Culture and Attractions

Lansing has several smaller, specialized museums, most notably the Michigan Museum of Surveying, R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame, the Turner-Dodge House, Impression 5 Science Center and Michigan Library and Historical Center. As for the theatre, the city has a number of companies (most notably the Peppermint Creek Theatre Company) and theatrical venues. It also has a ballet company and a symphony orchestra.

Some of the large festivals held annually in Lansing include Old Town BluesFest and Lansing JazzFest, as well as the Common Ground Festival, Oktoberfest and Blues on the Square.

Other attractions in Lansing and its greater area include farmers’ markets, the historic Potter Park Zoo, the Library of Michigan, Lansing Art Gallery, Wharton Center for Performing Arts, Abrams Planetarium, the MSU Museum and Kresge Art Museum.


The largest airport in the city is Capital Region International Airport. Major highways in and around Lansing include I-69, I-96, I-496, Capitol Loop, US 127, M-99 and M-43.

Passenger air service is provided by Amtrak on the Blue Water Line (Chicago-Port Huron). Greyhound provides inter-city bus routes while Michigan Flyer provides service to Ann Arbor, Jackson and Detroit Metro Airport. Public transit in the city, which consists of buses, is provided by Capital Area Transportation Authority.

Statistical data for the Lansing city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

White alone
69,98361.23 %
Black or African American alone
27,13823.74 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
8820.77 %
Asian alone
4,2563.72 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
540.05 %
Some Other Race alone
4,9184.30 %
Two or More races
7,0666.18 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Not Hispanic or Latino
100,00587.50 %
Hispanic or Latino
14,29212.50 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Not Hispanic or Latino
100,00587.50 %
White alone
63,38163.38 %
Black or African American alone
26,19426.19 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
6810.68 %
Asian alone
4,2024.20 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
380.04 %
Some Other Race alone
2140.21 %
Two or More races
5,2955.29 %
Hispanic or Latino
14,29212.50 %
White alone
6,60246.19 %
Black or African American alone
9446.61 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
2011.41 %
Asian alone
540.38 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
160.11 %
Some Other Race alone
4,70432.91 %
Two or More races
1,77112.39 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes

Household Type

Family households
26,23454.15 %
Husband-wife family
14,93956.95 %
Other family
11,29543.05 %
Male householder, no wife present
2,62623.25 %
Female householder, no husband present
8,66976.75 %
Nonfamily households
22,21645.85 %
Householder living alone
16,94976.29 %
Householder not living alone
5,26723.71 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Lansing city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Lansing city center coordinates

Distance limit:

Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Lansing city center


  • Ingham Medical Helistop [0.51 mi] [0.83 km]
  • Michigan National Guard Headquarters Heliport [0.25 mi] [0.4 km]


  • Lansing Fire and Rescue Station 9 [1.09 mi] [1.75 km]
  • South Lansing Library [1.01 mi] [1.63 km]
  • Lansing Fire Training Academy [1.23 mi] [1.98 km]
  • Lansing Fire and Rescue Station 5 [0.23 mi] [0.37 km]


  • Mount Hope Cemetery [1.55 mi] [2.5 km]
  • Deepdale Memorial Park [2.58 mi] [4.15 km]
  • Evergreen Cemetery [2.38 mi] [3.83 km]


  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Church [1.22 mi] [1.96 km]
  • Tabernacle of David Church [1.83 mi] [2.94 km]
  • Judson Memorial Baptist Church [1.04 mi] [1.68 km]
  • Pennsylvania Avenue Church of God [1.3 mi] [2.09 km]
  • Tithe Missionary Baptist Church [1.2 mi] [1.92 km]
  • South Church of the Nazarene [0.87 mi] [1.4 km]
  • Redeemer Lutheran Church [1.87 mi] [3.01 km]
  • Millet Bible Baptist Church [3.63 mi] [5.84 km]
  • Holmes Road Church of Christ [0.89 mi] [1.44 km]
  • Trinity African Methodist Evangelical Church [2.31 mi] [3.71 km]
  • New Home Missionary Baptist Church [1.47 mi] [2.37 km]
  • New Testament Assemblies Church [0.61 mi] [0.98 km]
  • Capital Area Church of Christ [0.81 mi] [1.3 km]
  • Church of the Brethren [0.63 mi] [1.01 km]
  • Friendship Baptist Church [1.52 mi] [2.45 km]
  • Kehillat Israel Congregation [1.74 mi] [2.79 km]
  • Bethany Baptist Church [0.98 mi] [1.58 km]
  • Solid Rock Baptist Church [0.93 mi] [1.49 km]
  • Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church [0.82 mi] [1.33 km]
  • Christ Temple Church [0.54 mi] [0.86 km]
  • Colonial Village Baptist Church [1.04 mi] [1.68 km]
  • Doors of Healing Church [0.86 mi] [1.38 km]
  • Mayflower Congregational Church [1.69 mi] [2.72 km]
  • Grace United Methodist Church [1.03 mi] [1.66 km]
  • Saint Joseph Melkite Catholic Church [0.36 mi] [0.58 km]
  • Faith Tabernacle of Lansing [0.47 mi] [0.75 km]
  • Child Evangelism Fellowship Church [1.81 mi] [2.91 km]
  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church [0.57 mi] [0.91 km]
  • Mount Hope United Methodist Church [0.49 mi] [0.78 km]
  • River's Edge Community Church [3.39 mi] [5.45 km]
  • Saint Casimir Church [0.52 mi] [0.84 km]
  • Bethlehem Temple Church [0.49 mi] [0.79 km]
  • South Church [3.41 mi] [5.49 km]


  • City of Lansing [0.17 mi] [0.27 km]


  • Ingham Regional Medical Center-Pennsylvania Campus [1.17 mi] [1.88 km]
  • Ingham Regional Medical Center-Greenlawn Campus [0.41 mi] [0.65 km]


  • Millett Station [3.39 mi] [5.45 km]
  • Michigan State University Observatory [3.7 mi] [5.95 km]
  • Forest Akers Golf Course [3.14 mi] [5.05 km]
  • Sycamore Driving Range [1.33 mi] [2.15 km]
  • Lansing Country Club [1.36 mi] [2.18 km]


  • Anderson Nature Park [3.65 mi] [5.88 km]
  • Fulton Park [3.1 mi] [4.99 km]
  • Waldo Park [1.25 mi] [2.01 km]
  • Hawk Island County Park [1.66 mi] [2.67 km]
  • Everett Park [1.03 mi] [1.65 km]
  • Poxson Park [1.22 mi] [1.96 km]
  • Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church Historical Marker [2.32 mi] [3.74 km]
  • Averill Park [2.23 mi] [3.59 km]
  • Scott Woods Park [1.41 mi] [2.28 km]
  • Glen Eden Park [2.01 mi] [3.24 km]
  • Tammany Park [2.29 mi] [3.68 km]
  • Lyons Park [1 mi] [1.61 km]
  • Forest View Park [1.83 mi] [2.95 km]
  • Ingham Park [1.69 mi] [2.72 km]
  • Reola Park [0.5 mi] [0.81 km]
  • Washington Park [0.39 mi] [0.62 km]
  • Carl G Fenner Arboretum [1.93 mi] [3.1 km]
  • Elmhurst Park [0.96 mi] [1.54 km]
  • Greencroft Park [0.15 mi] [0.24 km]
  • Lewton Park [1.79 mi] [2.87 km]
  • Clifford Park [0.58 mi] [0.93 km]
  • Crego Park [2.23 mi] [3.59 km]
  • Shubell Park [1.34 mi] [2.15 km]
  • Quentin Park [0.99 mi] [1.59 km]
  • Sycamore Park [1.1 mi] [1.78 km]
  • REO Motor Car Company Historical Marker [0.54 mi] [0.86 km]
  • REO Clubhouse Historical Marker [0.54 mi] [0.86 km]

Populated Place

  • Millett [3.38 mi] [5.43 km]
  • Riverview Estates Mobile Community [2.04 mi] [3.28 km]

Post Office

  • Millett Post Office (historical) [3.38 mi] [5.44 km]


  • Everett High School [1.08 mi] [1.73 km]
  • Woodcreek Elementary School [2.77 mi] [4.46 km]
  • Our Savior School [1.31 mi] [2.11 km]
  • Everett School [0.97 mi] [1.56 km]
  • Pleasant Grove School [1.52 mi] [2.45 km]
  • Forest View Elementary School [2.24 mi] [3.6 km]
  • Averill Elementary School [2.27 mi] [3.65 km]
  • Lyons Elementary School [0.89 mi] [1.42 km]
  • Forest Road School [1.73 mi] [2.78 km]
  • Rich Junior High School [1.49 mi] [2.4 km]
  • Snow Road School [3.33 mi] [5.35 km]
  • Elmhurst Elementary School [0.87 mi] [1.4 km]
  • Maplewood School [0.39 mi] [0.63 km]
  • French Junior High School [0.37 mi] [0.6 km]
  • Lewton Elementary School [1.75 mi] [2.81 km]
  • Mount Hope Elementary School [1.11 mi] [1.78 km]
  • Saint Casimir School [0.51 mi] [0.81 km]
  • Barnes Avenue School [0.68 mi] [1.09 km]
  • Moores Park School [0.46 mi] [0.74 km]


  • Sycamore Creek [1.45 mi] [2.33 km]

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LansingMi Department Of Revenue48922, 48929, 48956
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