B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C+
  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
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$76,600
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$734
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    815
    273
  • Murder
    8
    6
  • Rape
    103
    41
  • Robbery
    231
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    836
    525
  • Theft
    1,866
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    306
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$35,563
National
$53,889
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Lansing Reviews

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Lansing may be a small city, but it is wonderfully international and diverse. It sits next to the Michigan State University campus, and boasts a variety of restaurants, river trails, and historical sites. The Lansing Lugnuts, the local baseball team, rule the summer season at the stadium, and craft breweries abound nearby. I love being able to walk down-town and visit the capitol building which is always beautiful no matter how many times I see it.
I do find it odd that parts of Lansing are not actually the city, but the township, and our mayor has plenty to say about why townships make little sense. Economically, Lansing has been through some hard time with the recession and General Motor closing many plants within the city. There are some not-nice neighborhoods and a serious marijuana issue that wafts through the streets. But, the charms of the city far outweigh these, and Lansing is constantly moving forward in a better direction. I am proud to call this city home!
Review Lansing
Lansing has a lot to offer. Great diversity of people. A plethora of dining possibilities from local hang-outs to upscale fine dining. There is the Wharton Center near by for a broadway show, the capital to visit, and all sorts of shopping from malls to scores of small business districts. Many types of parks, including: the gardens at MSU and Moore's River Park rose gardens. Newly renovated Old Town has many art galleries and Reo Town just started it's refacing! We are surrounded by the history of the capital, downtown, RE Olds and the car industry, and MSU.
Lansing has a thriving restaurant scene, with some of the best restaurants in the state--Golden Harvest, Soup & Spoon, and a surprisingly large and diverse selection of food trucks--and while the local music scene is small, we do have great crowds. The Avenue, Mac's, Uli's Haus of Rock, and other venues are small but have good atmospheres. The city is alive with festivals from May to October; lots for families to do.

The housing is relatively cheap. Some of the housing prices are depressed due to crime. Work here is usually of the factory or service industry variety. The schools stink, and there's no way around that, but there are strong extracurriculars; Everett High School's marching band, for example, has played at multiple Presidential inaugurations.

Overall, come here. We're a city that is reinventing itself. Come between May and October and take in the festivals; you'll be glad you did.