Skip to Main Content
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A+
East Lansing is a town in Michigan with a population of 48,395. East Lansing is in Ingham County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in East Lansing offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In East Lansing there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in East Lansing and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in East Lansing are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$176,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$896
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    67%
  • Own
    33%
Sponsored Mortgage Options for East Lansing
Get Rates
  • $0 Lender Fee on Home Loans Limited Time Only
  • Biggest Home Loan Sale Ever. Low interest rates. Get a quote today!
Niche may be compensated by the third party lenders and others who place ads on the website. Niche is not a lender and does not endorse the products of these advertisers. Fees that Niche receives for ads do not affect the terms you may be offered by the lender you choose. There are many additional borrowing options available.

East Lansing Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    90
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    45
    41
  • Robbery
    33
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    217
    500
  • Theft
    1,100
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    280
    284
Home Security Options for East Lansing
Learn More
  • 24/7 Whole home protection with no contract
  • CNET Editor’s choice winner 2018

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$34,153
National
$55,322
Children
6%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    42%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    17%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    9%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
Places like East Lansing
More

East Lansing Reviews

159 reviews
All Categories
East Lansing is beautiful college town! It is diverse, vibrant and active! Family friendly with great public schools and a booming real estate market, East Lansing is a wonderful place to live.

East Lansing and Michigan State University is such a wonderful location! Michigan State University is at capacity with enrollment and trying to find ways to accommodate incoming students. Because of this East Lansing has seen a multi million dollar boom in development in the area for housing which is both bad and great. We have many wonderful live acts, politicians and world renowned individuals come to the University to speak. EL is the place to live!
Start Your Review of East Lansing
Rate It!
East Lansing is definitely a college town! There are a lot of people, from all different backgrounds, and many different countries. It is a great place to meet new people wherever you go. There's great restaurants and two close three close malls. Most people are young and friendly. It's a pretty safe place. Nightlife is great, if you like a lot of people! The down size would probably be the cost of living. Rent prices are spiked because they know you need living and especially close to campus. CATA makes commuting easy, but if you live in certain places sometimes the buses get full and drive right by. I've had to get to the bus stop an hour before my class starts because I've had five buses pass me. It's a risk you'll have to take, but the drivers are usually very friendly.
There's a great public transportation system that runs between Lansing and East Lansing. The public schools and the public library is very nice. East Lansing is steadily growing and right now there are multiple sites of construction. Lovely fall foliage as well!