Profile for Lansing, Michigan, MI
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Lansing is a city in Ingham County. (The community straddles Ingham and Eaton counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)
It is the state capital.
The community was named after Lansing, NY.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Michigan named Lansing. For links to other places called Lansing, MI, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Lansing is 42.732N. The longitude is -84.555W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 853 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 118,379.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Lansing demographic reports
Lansing is at the junction of the Grand, Red Cedar, and Sycamore rivers.
When the state capital was moved from Detroit, Lansing was still a forested area with a sawmill and a log house.
The local economy blossomed with the rise of Ransom E. Olds, automotive pioneer.
Public transportation: Capital Area Transportation Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,220. The number of murders and homicides was 8. The violent crime rate was 10.3 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Soni, drummer with Hootie and the Blowfish
· Earvin "Magic" Johnson, basketball player
· John Smoltz, baseball player
· Timothy Busfield, actor
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Beaner?s Gourmet Coffee, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Festival of the Sun - June 23, 2007
- Caribbean Festival - Aug. 25, 2007
- Apple Butter Festival - Oct. 13-14, 2007
- Maple Syrup Festival - March 17-18, 2007
- Riverbank Traditional Pow Wow - June 15-17, 2007
- JazzFest - Aug. 3-4, 2007
- Common Ground Festival - July 9-15, 2007
- Oktoberfest - Oct. 5-6, 2007
- Old Town BluesFest - Sept. 21-22, 2007
- Reo Town Music Festival - Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2007
Dates often change. Check Lansing web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra
Sports teams: Lugnuts (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Michigan Historical Center, Impression 5 Science Museum, Michigan Museum of Surveying, R.E. Olds Museum
Colleges and universities:
Lansing Community College, Thomas M Cooley Law School, Great Lakes Christian College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 144
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Ancestry & family history
17% of Lansing residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Lansing ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Lansing was $17,924, compared with $21,587 nationally.
21% of Lansing residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Lansing festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Common Ground Festival - J
- Apple Butter Festival - O
- Old Town BluesFest - S
- Maple Syrup Festival - M
- Reo Town Music Festival - A
- Riverbank Traditional Pow Wow - J
- Festival of the Sun - J
- JazzFest - A
- Caribbean Festival - A
- Oktoberfest - O
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Lansing, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $454. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $755.
Libraries in Lansing include Capital Area District Library, Foster Community Library, Library of Michigan, South Lansing Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Lansing include Lansing State Journal
TV stations in Lansing include WLAJ, WLNS, WSYM.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WLNZ.
Ingham County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Lansing political report.
The average commute time for Lansing workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 18 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Lansing between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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