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A+ Lansing Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Lansing Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% lower than Michigan
8416% less expensive than the US average
8812% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Lansing cost of living
F Lansing Crime Total crime is 86% higher than Michigan
Total crime
4,18752% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2452% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
1%Year over year crime is up
Lansing crime
F Lansing Employment Household income is 27% lower than Michigan
Median household income
$36,85133% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$20,31432% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
8%66% higher than the US average
Lansing employment
B- Lansing Housing Home value is 41% lower than Michigan
Median home value
$75,50059% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$76320% lower than the US average
Home ownership
50%21% lower than the US average
Lansing real estate or Lansing rentals
F Lansing Schools HS graduation rate is 3% lower than Michigan
High school grad. rates
83%equal to the US average
School test scores
30%39% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
60:1275% higher than the US average
Lansing K-12 schools or Lansing colleges

Living in Lansing, MI

Lansing, Michigan is a medium-sized city with a population of 114,773 residents. Lansing tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 32 is far below the national average. Not a fan of sitting in traffic? One big advantage of living in Lansing is the reasonable commute times to work. With an average one way commute time of 19 minutes, getting to work is faster than the national average of 26 minutes.

Living in Lansing can be a good experience for anyone moving to the city. Having said that, in the state of Michigan, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! Finding the best places to live in Lansing and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes crime, cost of living, education, employment, housing and other important metrics.

The livability score in Lansing is 63/100 and the city is ranked in the 30th percentile of all cities across America. Based on the rankings for each individual category, Lansing has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+), cost of living (B+) and housing (B-). There are some categories that Lansing does not rank well for, including: crime (F), weather (D-), education (F) and employment (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Lansing has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Potter Park Zoo, Michigan State Capitol, and Old Town.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Lansing. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Lansing are affordable. Median real estate prices in Lansing come in at $75,500, which is 40.9% lower than the Michigan average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Lansing, the home price to income ratio is 2.1, which is 16% lower than the Michigan average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Lansing area were 14.4% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 9.5%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Lansing, the Riverwalk, and the Ledges

I moved to the Lansing, MI area for work about 8 months ago from another part of Michigan. Lansing is a pretty typical Mid-Western town that's seen economic trouble recently. It still has it's share of attractions, though, such as the Lugnuts stadium, the beautiful Riverwalk, and the Oldtown area. Anything that Lansing lacks can be found in the surrounding cities. Drive 10 minutes to the East, and you've got the charming college town of East Lansing, home to Michigan State University! In East Lansing, you'll find many more things to do, from shopping at the little boutiques, to big ten sports. Then 10 minutes to the West is Grand Ledge, famous for being the only area in Michigan with exposed rock cliffs and ledges. It's absolutely beautiful to walk through the ledges park along the river in the summertime.

My most frequented leisure spot in the city of Lansing, though, has to be the aforementioned River Trail. As an avid distance runner, I like to park at Moore's landing and jog about 4 miles into the heart of Lansing on the well maintained trails. The scenery ranges from forest to industrial, and I never seem to see the same thing twice on my runs! Great city overall; my rating would be higher if it weren't so economically depressed.
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Source: The Lansing, MI data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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