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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A
Lansing is a city in Michigan with a population of 116,699. Lansing is in Ingham County. Living in Lansing offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Lansing there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Lansing and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Lansing are above average.
About Lansing...
Population
116,699

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$80,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$807
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%
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Lansing Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    826.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    10.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    117.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    149.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    641.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,870.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    308.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

Working in Lansing

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$40,325
National
$55,322
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Lansing Reviews

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I really enjoy exploring Lansing, MI. I may be biased because I went to Lansing Community College, a college within the downtown area. Lansing has great restaurants, my favorite being the Lansing Brewery. I also enjoy the coffee shops downtown such as Gipson's. There are so many family-friendly museums and attractions Lansing offers such as the R.E. Olds Museum, Impressions 5 Science Center, Michigan History Museum, Potter Park Zoo, and Michigan History Center. As one who does not drive, I appreciate the amazing public transportation. Some bus routes are free! Many locations are conveniently close and I can easily bus there. I also enjoy walking around the State Capital and reading on its history. Someday I hope to work at the Capital in Video Production. Although many places are great in Lansing, there are some areas not safe to walk alone at night (like the southern area). Overall, being in Lansing has been a wonderful experience.
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I first moved to Lansing in 2007 from the east coast. My brother in law told me I would have to look to find the gold in Lansing. I was fortunate enough to find it in the river trail, Michigan State University (MSU), the local Sierra Club Chapter and the contra dance community.

Lansing has an active arts and music scene with the Ten Pound Fiddle, Elderly Instruments and Marshal Music. There are plenty of different music festivals throughout the summer.

Lansing is a very affordable place to live. If you are looking for walkable neighborhoods like you find in bigger cities, Lansing is not your place however. There are very few areas where you can walk to a local restaurant, bar, coffeeshop or other shopping. I have always felt safe in Lansing even when I worked nights on Hospice and had to go into some less than desirable areas.

Lansing is centrally located to Detroit and Grand Rapids with all those places have to offer. Its an easy trip Up North
I love it here. Overall, it is clean and safe. The crime rate is low and there are two major hospitals and many clinics and urgent sites available. This city is racially diverse and home to so many different races of people, I cannot imagine that anyone would not be able to find a community and friends here. The schools are pretty good and we are the Capitol of this state with proximity to Michigan State University, the largest single campus in the state. MSU is a wonderful resource for this area and offers a superior educational experience to its students.