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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  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 115,222. 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.
About Lansing...
Population
115,222

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$77,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$791
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    50%
  • Own
    50%
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Lansing Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    819.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    126.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    155.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    739.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,918.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    372.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    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
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$38,642
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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In Lansing, you can see the effort to bridge the gap among all of the different groups of people, however it is not necessarily seen through. Local government officials create events for community members such as outdoor picnics, community outreach opportunities, and support the schools. The problem in Lansing though, is that people are not willing to come out to these events because there is not necessarily a "inviting-environment". A bigger issue in Lansing though, is the crime rates. People are leaving the city and constantly talking down on it because we have very high crime rates and they do not seem to be going down.
I moved to Lansing from Grand Rapids, and I must say that the city does not have the most appealing ambiance. Moving to Lansing from such an artsy city has made me realize how fortunate I am to call Grand Rapids my true home. Although Lansing has more of a commercial atmosphere, I definitely feel like the city could expand in terms of uniqueness, such as coffee shops, local businesses, art venues, etc. I know that Lansing has the potential to be a GREAT city, especially with it being the Capitol of Michigan! It just needs a little TLC in order to get there!