East Lansing, MI Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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East Lansing, Michigan - Basic Facts

The City of East Lansing had a population of 50,598 as of July 1, 2017. East 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 East Lansing is located at latitude 42.7489 and longitude -84.4824 in Ingham County. The formal boundaries for the City of East Lansing (see map below) encompass a land area of 13.55 sq. miles and a water area of 0.08 sq. miles. Ingham County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 856 feet.

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

The City of East Lansing (GNIS ID: 1626207) 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 East Lansing population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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East Lansing, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 50,598
Daytime Population: Workers 24,884
Daytime Population: Residents 28,981
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 53,865
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.06
Population in Households 35,164
Population in Familes 13,857
Population in Group Qrtrs 15,434
Population Density2 3,733
Diversity Index3 45


Median Household Income $31,938
Average Household Income $60,478
Per Capita Income $20,332


Total Housing Units 16,631 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,043 (30.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 10,628 (63.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 960 ( 5.8%)
Median Home Value $203,286
Average Home Value $232,325


Total Households 15,671
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 4,921
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.57% 0.57%
Households 0.82% 0.78%
Families 0.32% 0.43%
Median Household Income   1.64%
Per Capita Income   2.44%

East Lansing, MI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares East Lansing to the other 692 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Michigan by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 25 97th
Population Density # 43 94th
Diversity Index # 78 89th
Median Household Income # 648 7th
Per Capita Income # 549 21st

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