East Lansing, Michigan Population 2020

48,144

East Lansing is a city located in Michigan. With a 2020 population of 48,144, it is the 26th largest city in Michigan and the 821st largest city in the United States. East Lansing is currently growing at a rate of 0.16% annually but its population has decreased by -0.90% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 48,579 in 2010. East Lansing reached it's highest population of 51,392 in 1980. Spanning over 14 miles, East Lansing has a population density of 3,585 people per square mile.

The average household income in East Lansing is $67,450 with a poverty rate of 41.26%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $944 per month, and the median house value is $186,700. The median age in East Lansing is 21.3 years, 21.3 years for males, and 21.3 years for females. For every 100 females there are 98.2 males.

East Lansing Demographics

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

  • White: 74.93%
  • Asian: 12.78%
  • Black or African American: 7.82%
  • Two or more races: 3.39%
  • Other race: 0.76%
  • Native American: 0.28%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%
The current population of East Lansing, Michigan is 48,144, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 47,988.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 48,579.

East Lansing, Michigan Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020484,9731,5400.32%
2019483,4331,5400.32%
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
White36,24974.93%
Asian6,18112.78%
Black or African American3,7837.82%
Two or More Races1,6423.39%
Some Other Race3660.76%
American Indian and Alaska Native1340.28%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander190.04%

East Lansing Population Pyramid 2020

East Lansing Median Age

21.3


Total

21.3


Male

21.3


Female

East Lansing Adults

There are 44,802 adults, (3,610 of whom are seniors) in East Lansing.

East Lansing Age Dependency

17.4

Age Dependency Ratio

8.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

8.7

Child Dependency Ratio

East Lansing Sex Ratio

Female

24,412

50.47%

Male

23,962

49.53%

East Lansing Households and Families

East Lansing Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

East Lansing Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married75%25%
Female41.8%58.2%
All35.1%64.9%
Male33.8%66.2%
Non Family18.1%81.9%

35.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All13,4612.3835.1
Non Family8,7322.0518.1
Married3,6322.9475
Female6382.8841.8
Male4593.7433.8

2.88

Average Family Size

2.38

Average Household Size

5.3%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.7%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

East Lansing Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3072.09%
9th to 12th Grade3122.12%
High School Graduate1,1627.91%
Some College1,78712.16%
Associates Degree6854.66%
Bachelors Degree4,47530.46%
Graduate Degree5,96440.59%

East Lansing Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White10,59110,2637,545
Asian1,9851,8631,673
Black989866483
Hispanic722714488
Multiple Races401373264
Other Race14714773
Native American625212
Islander333

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 islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$40,099$42,652$37,526
Less Than High School$27,738$28,155$
High School Grad$30,013$30,410$29,152
Some College$26,655$30,216$24,613
Bachelors Degree$40,210$50,039$30,202
Graduate Degree$54,284$54,599$53,950

$40,099

Average Earnings

$42,652

Average Male

$37,526

Average Female

East Lansing Language

East Lansing Language by Age

East Lansing Language

80.70% of East Lansing residents speak only English, while 19.30% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 8.53% of the population.

East Lansing Poverty

East Lansing Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White23,4249,24839.48%
Asian4,0452,10051.92%
Black2,3631,07545.49%
Hispanic1,62261738.04%
Multiple88128332.12%
Other2738832.23%
Native823036.59%
Islander99100.00%

41.26%

Overall Poverty Rate

41.23%

Male Poverty Rate

41.28%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in East Lansing

The race most likely to be in poverty in East Lansing is Islander, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in East Lansing is Multiple, with 32.12% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.45%. Among those working part-time, it was 64.10%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 39.92%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School18.68%
High School13.94%
Some College13.81%
Bachelors or Greater11.29%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed72.33%
Male Unemployed66.44%
Female Employed41.67%
Male Employed32.02%

East Lansing Income

East Lansing Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$38,502$67,450
Families$97,227$115,152
Married Families$111,007-
Non Families$25,130$40,579

East Lansing Marital Status

East Lansing Marital Status

Marriage Rates

17.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

17.5%

Male Marriage Rate

17.7%

Female Marriage Rate

East Lansing Married by Age and Sex

East 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 45-54.

East Lansing Marital Status by Race

East Lansing Veterans

925

Number of Veterans

865

Male Veterans

60

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam238
World War II140
First Gulf War125
Second Gulf War106
Korea100
Age Group Veterans
75+389
65 to 74175
55 to 64152
35 to 54120
18 to 3489
Name Veterans % of Total
White8102.41%
Black672.01%
Asian280.47%
2 or More120.87%
Indian87.55%
Hispanic20.10%

$East Lansing Veterans by Education

6.86%

Veteran Poverty Rate

39.03%

Veteran Disability Rate

East Lansing Employment Status

54.6%

Labor Force Participation

49.5%

Employment Rate

9.1%

Unemployment Rate

East 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

61.67%

Born in Michigan

84.51%

Native Born

15.49%

Foreign Born

11.79%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

84.51% of East Lansing residents were born in the United States, with 61.67% having been born in Michigan. 11.79% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202048,144780.16%
201948,066780.16%
201847,988-1,108-2.26%
201749,096780.16%
201649,0184820.99%
201548,5361570.32%
201448,379-143-0.29%
201348,522-253-0.52%
201248,775740.15%
201148,701950.20%
201048,6062,0810.44%
200046,525-4,152-0.85%
199050,677-715-0.14%
198051,3923,8520.78%
197047,54017,3424.64%
196030,1989,8734.04%
195020,32514,48613.28%
19405,8391,4502.90%
19304,3890.00%