East Lansing is a medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 47,988 people and 21 constituent neighborhoods, East Lansing is the 31st largest community in Michigan.
East Lansing is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.45% 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 (14.75%), office and administrative support (12.30%), and food service (11.38%).
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.
Because East Lansing has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local East Lansing lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in East Lansing is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In East Lansing people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.
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 18.47 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in East Lansing use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of East Lansing‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in East Lansing. 58.15% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in East Lansing in 2010 was $26,362, which is middle income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $105,448 for a family of four. However, East Lansing contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
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.