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 115,446 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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


Total Population 115,446
Daytime Population: Workers 95,556
Daytime Population: Residents 64,311
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 159,867
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.38
Population in Households 114,264
Population in Familes 79,666
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,182
Population Density2 2,951
Diversity Index3 69


Median Household Income $38,331
Average Household Income $49,366
Per Capita Income $21,237


Total Housing Units 55,434 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 25,344 (45.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 23,769 (42.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 6,321 (11.4%)
Median Home Value $89,190
Average Home Value $104,251


Total Households 49,113
Average Household Size 2.33
Family Households 25,975
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 0.11% 0.3%
Households 0.17% 0.34%
Families -0.16% 0.14%
Median Household Income   0.8%
Per Capita Income   2.16%

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, 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 # 6 99th
Population Density # 69 90th
Diversity Index # 7 99th
Median Household Income # 552 20th
Per Capita Income # 504 27th

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