Lansing-East Lansing, MI Metro Area

Moving to Lansing? Let us help you find your best place to live in this metro area. First, some basics: The Lansing metro area comprises 3 counties in Michigan. The largest cities in the Lansing metro area are East Lansing, Waverly and of course, Lansing.

467,122 people live in Lansing within 181,936 households. The population of Lansing is 78% White, 8% Black and 4% Asian. 0% identify as another race or ethnicity, or two or more races. 6% of residents are of Hispanic or Latino origin. 7% of residents are foreign-born. The median age is 34.8, and the largest number of residents falls into the 25 to 34 age range. 22% of residents are under age 18. 13% are over age 65. 49% of Lansing’s residents are male.

Who lives in Lansing? There are 51,056 married couples without children and another 31,296 married couples with kids under the age of 18. There are 3,676 single dads and 12,486 single mothers. 55,424 residents of Lansing live alone.

How affordable is Lansing? The median household income in Lansing is $50,155 compared to $53,482 for the nation as a whole. The per capita income is $26,126 compared to $28,555 for the nation as a whole.

The highest incomes in the Lansing area are found in Wacousta with a median household income of $77,113, followed by DeWitt and Okemos. The lowest incomes are in East Lansing with a median household income of $33,064, followed by Lansing and Vermontville.

The highest home values in the Lansing area are found in Okemos with a median home value of $191,700, followed by Lake Victoria and DeWitt. The lowest home values are in Bellevue with a median home value of $73,600, followed by Vermontville and Ovid.

19% of households earn more than $100,000 annually. Conversely, 35% earn less than $35,000. 7.9% of married families with children live below the poverty line. Overall, 20.3% of Lansing's children live below the poverty line.


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