East Lansing, MI
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East Lansing is a medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 48,471 people and 21 constituent neighborhoods, East Lansing is the 31st largest community in Michigan.

East Lansing real estate is some of the most expensive in Michigan, although East Lansing house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

East Lansing is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 93.78% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, East Lansing is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in East Lansing who work in food service (16.33%), teaching (15.43%), and office and administrative support (12.22%).

Of important note, East Lansing is also a city of artists. East Lansing has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape East Lansing’s character.

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.

In addition, East Lansing is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local East Lansing culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. East Lansing really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In East Lansing every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and East Lansing. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. East Lansing benefits directly from this.

One of the benefits of East Lansing is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.17 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.

East Lansing has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, East Lansing has quite a high level of public transit users. East Lansing’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

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 69.83% 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 2010 was $19,256, which is lower middle income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $77,024 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 42.92% 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 Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.

In addition, East Lansing has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (15.17%).

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