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The City of Lansing is the 6th largest city in Michigan with a population of 116,455 as of July 1, 2021. 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 42.7325 and longitude -84.5555 in Ingham County. The formal boundaries for the City of Lansing 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 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.

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Lansing, MI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 116,455 (100%)
Population in Households 115,228 (98.9%)
Population in Families 79,586 (68.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 1,227 ( 1.1%)
Population Density 2,972
Diversity Index2 71


Median Household Income $42,376
Average Household Income $55,032
% of Income for Mortgage4 10%
Per Capita Income $23,518
Wealth Index5 42


Total HU (Housing Units) 55,897 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 27,438 (49.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 22,325 (39.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 6,134 (11.0%)
Median Home Value $98,076
Average Home Value $128,299
Housing Affordability Index3 190


Total Households 49,763
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 25,906
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.16% 0.34%
Households 0.23% 0.43%
Families -0.12% 0.2%
Median Household Income   2.15%
Per Capita Income   2.5%
Owner Occupied HU   0.55%

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, 2021 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 # 68 90th
Median Household Income # 558 20th
Housing Affordability Index # 303 44th
Per Capita Income # 504 27th
Diversity Index # 7 99th

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