East Lansing, MI

East Lansing profile

Living in East Lansing

East Lansing is a medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 47,741 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, East Lansing is the 31st largest community in Michigan. Much of the housing stock in East Lansing was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local East Lansing economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in East Lansing, where the median household income is $91,635.00.

East Lansing is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 94.48% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, East Lansing is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in East Lansing who work in management occupations (20.32%), teaching (14.19%), and sales jobs (11.30%).

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 12.14% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Because there are quite a few people attending college in East Lansing, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, East Lansing provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.

East Lansing, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

If knowledge is power, East Lansing is a pretty powerful place. 64.51% 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 $34,444, which is upper middle income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $137,776 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, Polish, Italian, and Dutch.

The most common language spoken in East Lansing is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Polish.