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 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.
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.
East Lansing, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.47 minutes getting to work every day.
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.
If knowledge is power, East Lansing is a pretty powerful place. 58.15% 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 $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.