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
    C+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$75,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$763
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    50%
  • Own
    50%

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
    807
    283
  • Murder
    8
    6
  • Rape
    103
    41
  • Robbery
    226
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    779
    500
  • Theft
    1,782
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    326
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$36,851
National
$55,322
Children
20%
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%

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Lansing Reviews

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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!
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I am originally from the Grand Rapids area, where there is an abundance of artsy, non-traditional things to do in my spare time. Upon moving to Lansing in August of 2017, I was unpleasantly surprised with the plethora of chain restaurants and lack of pop-up weekend activities. Not to mention, the roads in Lansing are completely terrible! Almost every pot hole is within 4-12 inches deep. I feel like I'm in a video game every time I have to drive, dodging craters left and right to prolong the life of my car. There are many things with Lansing that I wish would change, but then again, every city is its own.
Lansing is a family friendly city with endless possibilities. There are so many small family-owned shops and restaurants and they all have their own unique vibe about them. You can head over to a Lugnuts game during the summer or walk around Old Town (which is also a great place for a photo-shoot!). Nightlife is always exciting and new events are constantly coming into town. If you haven't checked out Lansing, I would make that a priority!