East Lansing is a medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 48,145 people and 21 constituent neighborhoods, East Lansing is the 31st largest community in Michigan.
East Lansing is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 92.64% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, East Lansing is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in East Lansing who work in teaching (16.70%), office and administrative support (12.34%), and food service (11.37%).
Also of interest is that East Lansing has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
East Lansing is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in East Lansing have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. East Lansing’s economy is one such example of this.
East Lansing, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.
One of the benefits of East Lansing is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.47 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
Many people in East Lansing take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among East Lansing citizens for affordable transportation.
If knowledge is power, East Lansing is a pretty powerful place. 71.97% of the adults in East Lansing have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in East Lansing in 2018 was $21,116, which is lower middle income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $84,464 for a family of four. However, East Lansing contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. East Lansing also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 40.98% of its population below the federal poverty line.
East Lansing is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call East Lansing home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of East Lansing residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in East Lansing include German, Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in East Lansing is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.