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.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of East Lansing spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.47 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
A lot of people in East Lansing take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in East Lansing, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to East Lansing, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. East Lansing is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 71.97% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
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.