Lansing, Michigan Population 2020

118,427

Lansing is a city located in the state of Michigan. It is located primarily in Ingham County, but some areas are located in Clinton County and Eaton County. Lansing is also Michigan’s state capital, and it is the fifth largest city in the state by population. It is the only state capital that is not a county seat. According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, Lansing’s population is 118,427.

Lansing History

Europeans first explored the area that is now Lansing back in 1790. However, it was not surveyed until 1827 and was not put for sale until 1830. Five years later, two brothers came from New York to plot the area near what is today downtown Lansing. This came to be known as Biddle City. The area at the time was mostly underwater and was not developed. However, the two returned to New York to sell plots of land, telling others that the city had 65 blocks, a public square, and a church. This was untrue. Sixteen men purchased plots and traveled to the area only to find that they had been deceived. Some people left to settle in what is now Lansing’s metro area. Others remained and called the region “Lansing Township.”

Less than 20 settlers were living in Lansing, but in 1847, the capital city was going to be moved from Detroit to a more interior location. Many cities fought to become the new capital, but the Michigan House of Representatives chose the Township of Lansing. Two months later, legislation was signed making this a reality. The settlement’s name was temporarily changed to “Town of Michigan” before being named Lansing in 1848. It was just a few months after the legislature was signed that the city became the capital and began to grow.

By the end of the 1850s, the city’s population had grown to almost 3,000. This trend only continued with the construction of railroads, the capitol building, and a plank road. Toward the end of the 19th century, the city was also establishing itself as an industrial center. The Olds Motor Vehicle Company was established in 1897, followed by the establishment of the REO Motor Car Company. In the 20th century, Lansing was a center for auto and auto part manufacturing. The city also grew to 15 square miles in the mid-1950s and then doubled in size during the next decade.

Today, the city continues to grow. It is primarily the site of many state government buildings, but the city has also added retail stores, residential buildings, restaurants, and other businesses throughout the city. Lansing also has many historical sites, including the city market that is one of the oldest farmers’ market in the country. Today, the city has an economy centered on government, healthcare, manufacturing, banking, and insurance.

City Size and Population Density

The city of Lansing has an estimated population of over 116,000 people. The city’s total area is over 36 square miles, and it has a population density of 3,100 people per square mile.

Lansing Population and Economy Statistics

Over 8% of the population was born in a foreign country. The largest age group residing in Lansing is 25 to 44, making up over 30% of the population. Nearly one-quarter of residents are under age 17, while 9.7% are at least 65 years old. There are more female residents than males, making up 51.6% of the total population. Nearly 17% of Lansing’s residents live below the federal poverty line.

The State of Michigan is Lansing’s top employer, providing jobs to over 14,000 people. Michigan State University and Sparrow Health System also each employ over 10,000 people. Other top employers in Lansing include General Motors, Liberty National Life and Auto-Owners Insurance.

Lansing Population Growth

The city of Lansing in its early history saw significant growth, primarily because it was designated as the capital city. By the 20th century, Lansing had over 15,000 residents. This number continued to climb through the early 20th century, exceeding 100,000 by the time of the 1960 census. In 1970, the population peaked at 131,403 before going into decline at each 10-year count following. The last official census showed a population of 114,297. However, recent estimates show that the population has risen by 1.5% since that time, indicating that efforts to revitalize and grow the city may be successful.

Lansing Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Lansing was:

  • White: 61.38%
  • Black or African American: 22.35%
  • Two or more races: 9.03%
  • Asian: 3.55%
  • Other race: 3.06%
  • Native American: 0.60%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%

How Many People Live in Lansing, Michigan?

118,427
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018118,4275450.46%
2017117,8821,2471.07%
2016116,6351,2771.11%
2015115,3582560.22%
2014115,1023660.32%
2013114,736830.07%
2012114,6531200.10%
2011114,5332240.20%
2010114,309-4,819-0.41%
2000119,128-8,193-0.66%
1990127,321-3,093-0.24%
1980130,414-989-0.08%
1970131,40323,5962.00%
1960107,80715,6781.58%
195092,12913,3761.58%
194078,7533560.05%
193078,39721,0703.18%
192057,32726,0986.26%
191031,22914,7446.60%
190016,4853,3832.32%
189013,1024,7834.65%
18808,3193,0784.73%
18705,2412,1675.48%
18603,0740.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018481,8931,5400.32%
2017480,3533,6320.76%
2016476,7213,8820.81%
2015472,8391,5700.33%
2014471,2692,0600.44%
2013469,2091,5320.33%
2012467,6771,1110.24%
2011466,5662,2940.49%
2010464,2720.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White71,62861.38%
Black or African American26,07722.35%
Two or More Races10,5339.03%
Asian4,1463.55%
Some Other Race3,5743.06%
American Indian and Alaska Native7000.60%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander410.04%

Lansing Population Pyramid 2020

Lansing Median Age

32.4


Total

31.3


Male

33.6


Female

Lansing Adults

There are 89,518 adults, (13,574 of whom are seniors) in Lansing.

Lansing Age Dependency

53.7

Age Dependency Ratio

17.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

35.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Lansing Sex Ratio

Female

60,708

52.02%

Male

55,991

47.98%

Lansing Households and Families

Lansing Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Lansing Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married71.2%28.8%
All50.6%49.4%
Male46.8%53.2%
Non Family44.6%55.4%
Female32.9%67.1%

50.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All48,9262.3650.6
Non Family24,6321.3744.6
Married14,2993.3271.2
Female7,7673.4232.9
Male2,2283.6546.8

3.23

Average Family Size

2.36

Average Household Size

9.5%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Lansing Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,0524.07%
9th to 12th Grade5,0276.71%
High School Graduate19,57626.12%
Some College20,71527.64%
Associates Degree6,6968.93%
Bachelors Degree12,61316.83%
Graduate Degree7,2739.70%

Lansing Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White46,75443,53613,894
Black14,89413,0903,095
Hispanic8,0186,0941,177
Multiple Races3,2112,735735
Asian2,6271,853994
Other Race2,5401,690373
Native American62450499
Islander4141

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 37.84%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,515$32,153$27,522
Less Than High School$17,798$23,825$14,089
High School Grad$24,543$27,265$20,700
Some College$28,921$30,836$26,437
Bachelors Degree$41,310$42,211$40,383
Graduate Degree$49,653$53,505$47,352

$30,515

Average Earnings

$32,153

Average Male

$27,522

Average Female

Lansing Language

Lansing Language by Age

Lansing Language

87.87% of Lansing residents speak only English, while 12.13% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.63% of the population.

Lansing Poverty

Lansing Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White63,64112,90120.27%
Black25,8368,74333.84%
Multiple10,4694,49342.92%
Hispanic14,5313,50624.13%
Asian4,1421,44234.81%
Other3,53646913.26%
Native69624034.48%

26.10%

Overall Poverty Rate

24.37%

Male Poverty Rate

27.69%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lansing

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lansing is Multiple, with 42.92% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lansing is Other, with 13.26% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.21%. Among those working part-time, it was 31.77%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 33.95%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School38.07%
High School24.34%
Some College17.80%
Bachelors or Greater7.61%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed50.51%
Female Unemployed49.34%
Female Employed16.35%
Male Employed10.98%

Lansing Income

Lansing Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$40,325$50,942
Families$47,786$58,753
Married Families$64,648-
Non Families$33,006$41,179

Lansing Marital Status

Lansing Marital Status

Marriage Rates

33.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

34.8%

Male Marriage Rate

32.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Lansing Married by Age and Sex

Lansing Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Lansing Marital Status by Race

Lansing Veterans

5,725

Number of Veterans

5,223

Male Veterans

502

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,161
Second Gulf War1,202
First Gulf War1,106
Korea339
World War II227

Lansing Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White4,2847.23%
Black1,0245.52%
Hispanic3984.00%
2 or More2625.54%
Other903.00%
Asian501.52%
Indian152.40%

Lansing Veterans by Education

10.14%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.91%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lansing Employment Status

66.6%

Labor Force Participation

60.5%

Employment Rate

9%

Unemployment Rate

Lansing Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

72.41%

Born in Michigan

91.81%

Native Born

8.19%

Foreign Born

5.04%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

91.81% of Lansing residents were born in the United States, with 72.41% having been born in Michigan. 5.04% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.