Lansing, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Lansing, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of Lansing is the 6th largest city in Michigan with a population of 113,999 as of July 1, 2016. Lansing ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Michigan. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Lansing is located at latitude 42.7143 and longitude -84.5593 in Ingham County. The formal boundaries for the City of Lansing (see map below) encompass a land area of 39.12 sq. miles and a water area of 0.63 sq. miles. Ingham County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 853 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Lansing are located in Ingham County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Eaton County.

The City of Lansing (GNIS ID: 1626588) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Lansing population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Lansing, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 113,999
Population in Households 112,797
Population in Familes 78,816
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,202
Population Density1 2,914
Diversity Index2 69


Total Households 48,499
Average Household Size 2.33
Family Households 25,764
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 54,952 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 25,373 (46.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 23,126 (42.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 6,453 (11.7%)
Median Home Value $86,460
Average Home Value $101,285


Median Household Income $37,375
Average Household Income $47,643
Per Capita Income $20,510
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.07% 0.22%
Households -0.01% 0.27%
Families -0.32% 0.09%
Median Household Income   0.51%
Per Capita Income   1.47%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Lansing, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Lansing to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 6 99th
Population Density1 # 70 90th
Diversity Index2 # 7 99th
Median Household Income # 532 23rd
Per Capita Income # 489 30th

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