Lansing, MI
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Lansing is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 116,986 people and 51 constituent neighborhoods, Lansing is the fifth largest community in Michigan.

Unlike some cities, Lansing isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Lansing are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Lansing is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Lansing who work in office and administrative support (13.89%), sales jobs (9.50%), and food service (8.13%).

Also of interest is that Lansing has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One thing noticeable about Lansing, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Lansing is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Lansing a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

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

In terms of college education, Lansing is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.79% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Lansing in 2010 was $21,355, which is lower middle income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $85,420 for a family of four. However, Lansing contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Lansing is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Lansing home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lansing residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Lansing also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.16% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lansing include German, Irish, English, Polish, and French.

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