Lansing, Michigan Population 2021

118,768
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Lansing is a city located in Eaton County and Ingham County Michigan. With a 2020 population of 118,768, it is the 5th largest city in Michigan (after Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren, and Sterling Heights) and the 245th largest city in the United States . Lansing is currently growing at a rate of 0.24% annually and its population has increased by 3.91% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 114,297 in 2010. Lansing reached it's highest population of 131,403 in 1970. Spanning over 40 miles, Lansing has a population density of 3,031 people per square mile.

The average household income in Lansing is $52,976 with a poverty rate of 24.63%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $819 per month, and the median house value is $83,500. The median age in Lansing is 32.6 years, 31.2 years for males, and 34.1 years for females.

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.

Lansing Population and Economy Statistics

Over 8% of the population was born in a foreign country. 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.

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.

Lansing Demographics

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

  • White: 61.05%
  • Black or African American: 23.28%
  • Two or more races: 8.08%
  • Asian: 4.43%
  • Other race: 2.47%
  • Native American: 0.65%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.03%
The current population of Lansing, Michigan is 118,768 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 117,931.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 114,297.

Lansing, Michigan Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021553,8251,7170.31%
2020552,1081,7170.31%
2019550,3911,7170.31%
2018548,6742940.05%
2017548,3803,2340.59%
2016545,1463,8750.71%
2015541,2711,2430.23%
2014540,0281,9390.36%
2013538,0891,0840.20%
2012537,0054000.07%
2011536,6051,7060.32%
2010534,8990.00%

Lansing Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White71,52261.05%
Black or African American27,28023.28%
Two or More Races9,4728.08%
Asian5,1874.43%
Some Other Race2,8932.47%
American Indian and Alaska Native7650.65%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander400.03%
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Lansing Population by Race

Lansing Population Pyramid $2021

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Lansing Median Age

32.6


Total

31.2


Male

34.1


Female

Lansing Adults

There are 90,683 adults, (13,975 of whom are seniors) in Lansing.

Lansing Age Dependency

52.7

Age Dependency Ratio

18.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

34.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Lansing Sex Ratio

Female

60,756

51.86%

Male

56,403

48.14%

Lansing Population by Age

Lansing Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Lansing Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married70.6%29.4%
Male50.7%49.3%
All50.6%49.4%
Non Family44.5%55.5%
Female33.4%66.6%

50.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Lansing Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All49,0342.3750.6
Non Family24,8121.3744.5
Married14,2603.3470.6
Female7,6423.4333.4
Male2,3203.5350.7

3.23

Average Family Size

2.37

Average Household Size

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Lansing Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,2194.24%
9th to 12th Grade4,8016.32%
High School Graduate20,24926.65%
Some College21,25027.97%
Associates Degree6,5818.66%
Bachelors Degree12,64516.64%
Graduate Degree7,2259.51%
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Lansing Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Lansing Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White46,96543,86813,737
Black15,40213,4343,186
Hispanic8,1856,4031,265
2+ Races3,0822,662620
Asian3,0422,1971,166
Other Race2,0271,364294
Native American63451166
Islander4040

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 38.33%.

Lansing Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,091$32,399$29,725
Less Than 9th Grade$19,529$25,021$16,448
High School Graduate$25,618$27,618$22,869
Some College$30,291$31,271$28,471
Bachelors Degree$43,531$45,000$42,002
Graduate Degree$49,340$55,136$45,182

$31,091

Average Earnings

$32,399

Average Male

$29,725

Average Female

Lansing Earnings by Educational Attainment

Lansing Language by Age

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Lansing Language

86.36% of Lansing residents speak only English, while 13.64% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.40% of the population.

Lansing Language

Lansing Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White62,89612,09419.23%
Black26,8908,75132.54%
Multiple9,3833,99142.53%
Hispanic14,4993,27722.60%
Asian5,1831,35726.18%
Other2,87029710.35%
Native76225733.73%

24.63%

Overall Poverty Rate

22.88%

Male Poverty Rate

26.26%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Lansing

The race most likely to be in poverty in Lansing is Multiple, with 42.53% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Lansing is Other, with 10.35% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.13%. Among those working part-time, it was 31.10%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 32.14%.

Lansing Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade34.77%
High School23.18%
Some College16.96%
Bachelors or Greater7.57%

Lansing Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed55.93%
Male Unemployed50.85%
Female Employed16.08%
Male Employed10.40%

Lansing Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Lansing Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$41,674$52,976
Families$50,004$61,216
Married Families$67,407$77,160
Non Families$34,683$42,817
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Income by Household Type

Lansing Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

33.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

34.3%

Male Marriage Rate

32.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Lansing Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Lansing Marital Status

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5,412

Number of Veterans

4,939

Male Veterans

473

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,975
Second Gulf War1,121
First Gulf War932
Korea297
World War II214

Lansing Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,581
35 to 541,297
55 to 641,074
75+852
18 to 34608

Lansing Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White4,0696.80%
Black1,0145.25%
Hispanic3433.36%
2+ Races1924.26%
Asian792.02%
Other Race461.94%
Native American121.86%

Lansing Veterans by Race

Lansing Veterans by Education

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9.77%

Veteran Poverty Rate

36.34%

Veteran Disability Rate

Lansing Veterans by Education

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67%

Labor Force Participation

61.3%

Employment Rate

8.4%

Unemployment Rate

Lansing Employment by Age

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Lansing Employment by Race

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Lansing Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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70.98%

Born in Lansing

89.97%

Native Born

10.03%

Foreign Born

6.06%

Non Citizen

3.97%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

89.97% of Lansing residents were born in the United States, with 70.98% having been born in Michigan. 6.06% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Lansing Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021118,7682790.24%
2020118,4892790.24%
2019118,2102790.24%
2018117,9312010.17%
2017117,7301,1611.00%
2016116,5691,2451.08%
2015115,3242310.20%
2014115,0933590.31%
2013114,734730.06%
2012114,6611020.09%
2011114,5592380.21%
2010114,321-4,807-0.41%
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%

Lansing Population by Year