East Lansing, MI

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Population

48,281

0.236% decline

Median Age

21.3


Median Household Income

$37,433

9.6% growth

Poverty Rate

42.5%


Number of Employees

22,042

1.19% growth

Median Property Value

$181,100

2.61% growth

About

In 2017, East Lansing, MI had a population of 48.3k people with a median age of 21.3 and a median household income of $37,433. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of East Lansing, MI declined from 48,395 to 48,281, a -0.236% decrease and its median household income grew from $34,153 to $37,433, a 9.6% increase.

The population of East Lansing, MI is 72% White Alone, 12% Asian Alone, and 7.56% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in East Lansing, MI speak a non-English language, and 88.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in East Lansing, MI are Michigan State University (13,044 degrees awarded in 2017), Douglas J Aveda Institute (613 degrees), and Michigan State University-College of Law (281 degrees).

The median property value in East Lansing, MI is $181,100, and the homeownership rate is 33.8%. Most people in East Lansing, MI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 14.8 minutes. The average car ownership in East Lansing, MI is 2 cars per household.

About the photo: Michigan State Capitol Rotunda, Lansing, MI

Economy

The economy of East Lansing, MI employs 22k people. The largest industries in East Lansing, MI are Educational Services (8,252 people), Accommodation & Food Services (3,389 people), and Retail Trade (1,889 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($56,375), Finance & Insurance ($41,034), and Health Care & Social Assistance ($31,705).

Median household income in East Lansing, MI is $37,433. Males in East Lansing, MI have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,762. The income inequality in East Lansing, MI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.476, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$37,433

2017 value

± $3,846

9.6%

1 Year Growth

± 12.2%

Households in East Lansing, MI have a median annual income of $37,433, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $34,153 in 2016, which represents a 9.6% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$63,869

Average Male Salary

± $1,109

$46,762

Average Female Salary

± $850

In 2017, full-time male employees in Michigan made 1.37 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $62,263 ± $4,415

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $48,644 ± $58,127

  3. White

    $48,289 ± $702

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Michigan workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.28 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for East Lansing, MI is from Michigan.

0.476

2017 Wage GINI

0.477

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Michigan was 0.476 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.107% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Michigan was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Michigan in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Michigan across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 111.04

  2. Census Tract 101.04

  3. Census Tract 38.01

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in East Lansing, MI was Census Tract 111.04 with a value of $64,406, followed by Census Tract 101.04 and Census Tract 38.01, with respective values of $63,281 and $54,011.

The following map shows all of the places in East Lansing, MI colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

42.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in East Lansing, MI (13.7k out of 32.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    10,266 ± 729

  2. Asian

    1,966 ± 305

  3. Black

    1,005 ± 331

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in East Lansing, MI is White, followed by Asian and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

22k

2017 Value

± 975

1.19%

1 Year growth

± 6.12%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in East Lansing, MI grew at a rate of 1.19%, from 21.8k employees to 22k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in East Lansing, MI, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (3,722 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,980 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,738 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of East Lansing, MI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of East Lansing, MI, by number of employees, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (3,722 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2,980 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,738 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, East Lansing, MI has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (3.99 times higher than expected), Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (2.79 times), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (2.31 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of East Lansing, MI, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($54,783), Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($49,500), and Legal Occupations ($46,250).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

22k

2017 Value

± 975

1.19%

1 Year growth

± 6.12%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in East Lansing, MI grew at a rate of 1.19%, from 21.8k employees to 22k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in East Lansing, MI, are Educational Services (8,252 people), Accommodation & Food Services (3,389 people), and Retail Trade (1,889 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of East Lansing, MI, though some of these residents may live in East Lansing, MI and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in East Lansing, MI, by number of employees, are Educational Services (8,252 people), Accommodation & Food Services (3,389 people), and Retail Trade (1,889 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, East Lansing, MI has an unusually high number of Educational Services (4.04 times higher than expected), Accommodation & Food Services (2.02 times), and Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.88 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in East Lansing, MI, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($56,375), Finance & Insurance ($41,034), and Health Care & Social Assistance ($31,705).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Michigan to other states, or from other states to Michigan.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $138B

  2. $38.2B

  3. $36.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Michigan product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $138B, followed by Mixed freight ($38.2B) and Machinery ($36.1B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Michigan products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$480B

2020 Value

$623B

Projected 2045 Value

29.8% growth

In 2020, total outbound Michigan trade was $480B. This is expected to increase 29.8% to $623B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Michigan trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Michigan to other states, or from other states to Michigan.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $37.4B

  2. $27.2B

  3. $21.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Michigan domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Ohio with $37.4B, followed by Indiana with $27.2B and Illinois and $21.6B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Michigan shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

94.9% of the population of East Lansing, MI has health coverage, with 65.9% on employee plans, 5% on Medicaid, 5.13% on Medicare, 18.4% on non-group plans, and 0.429% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of East Lansing, MI was $8,055 in 2014. This is a 4% increase from the previous year ($7,745).

Primary care physicians in East Lansing, MI see 944 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.212% increase from the previous year (942 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1372 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 292 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Gladwin County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.5%). Additionally, Saginaw County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.8%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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944 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Ingham County, MI see an average of 944 patients per year. This represents a 0.212% increase from the previous year (942 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Ingham County, MI in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,055

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,950

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,915

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,318

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Michigan (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4%, from $7,745 to $8,055.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.09%

Uninsured

65.9%

Employer Coverage

5%

Medicaid

5.13%

Medicare

18.4%

Non-Group

0.429%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in East Lansing, MI declined by 11.8% from 5.77% to 5.09%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in East Lansing, MI changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14.5% prevalence

  2. 14.1% prevalence

  3. 14.1% prevalence

Gladwin County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Michigan, at 14.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Michigan by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

East Lansing, MI is home to a population of 48.3k people, from which 88.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 15.5% of East Lansing, MI residents were born outside of the country (7.49k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of East Lansing, MI is composed of 34.8k White Alone residents (72%), 5.81k Asian Alone residents (12%), 3.65k Black or African American Alone residents (7.56%), 2.24k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.65%), 1.57k Two or More Races residents (3.26%), 135 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.28%), 102 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.211%), and 3 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.00621%).

Age

Age by Nativity

21

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

23

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in East Lansing, MI was 21.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 21, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 23. But people in East Lansing, MI are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all East Lansing, MI residents was 21.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

15.5%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

7.49k people

16.1%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

7.78k people

As of 2017, 15.5% of East Lansing, MI residents (7.49k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in East Lansing, MI was 16.1%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    76,763 ± 6,776 people

  2. India

    66,881 ± 6,328 people

  3. Iraq

    54,355 ± 5,708 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Michigan was Mexico, the natal country of 76,763 Michigan residents, followed by India with 66,881 and Iraq with 54,355.

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Citizenship

88.1%

2017 Citizenship

87.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 88.1% of East Lansing, MI residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in East Lansing, MI was 87.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    34.8k ± 754

  2. Asian Alone

    5.81k ± 448

  3. Black or African American Alone

    3.65k ± 420

In 2017, there were 5.98 times more White Alone residents (34.8k people) in East Lansing, MI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.81k Asian Alone and 3.65k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in East Lansing, MI as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    228 ± 76

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    172 ± 142

  3. World War II

    156 ± 66

East Lansing, MI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.33 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in East Lansing, MI awarded 13,938 degrees. The student population of East Lansing, MI is skewed towards women, with 24,617 male students and 27,027 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in East Lansing, MI are White (9,581 and 79.8%), followed by Black or African American (798 and 6.64%), Asian (582 and 4.85%), and Hispanic or Latino (478 and 3.98%).

The largest universities in East Lansing, MI by number of degrees awarded are Michigan State University (13,044 and 93.6%), Douglas J Aveda Institute (613 and 4.4%), and Michigan State University-College of Law (281 and 2.02%).

The most popular majors in East Lansing, MI are Advertising (506 and 3.63%), General Economics (493 and 3.54%), and Logistics, Materials, & Supply Chain Management (425 and 3.05%).

The median tuition costs in East Lansing, MI are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $15,375 and $40,024 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 460 degrees awarded

  2. 401 degrees awarded

  3. 495 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in East Lansing, MI was General Economics with 460 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in East Lansing, MI according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 13,044 degrees awarded

  2. 613 degrees awarded

  3. 281 degrees awarded

$15,375

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the East Lansing, MI institution with the largest number of graduating students was Michigan State University with 13,044 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

6,201

Degrees Awarded to Men

7,737

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 6,201 men were awarded degrees from institutions in East Lansing, MI, which is 0.801 times less than the 7,737 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in East Lansing, MI by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    9,581 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    798 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    582 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in East Lansing, MI were to White students. These 9,581 degrees mean that there were 12 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 798 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in East Lansing, MI was $181,100 in 2017, which is 0.788 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $176,500 to $181,100, a 2.61% increase. The homeownership rate in East Lansing, MI is 33.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in East Lansing, MI have an average commute time of 14.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in East Lansing, MI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$181,100

2017 Median

± $4,872

$176,500

2016 Median

± $6,875

In 2017, the median property value in East Lansing, MI grew to to $181,100 from the previous year's value of $176,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in East Lansing, MI compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In East Lansing, MI the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$37,433

Median Household Income

± $3,846

13.6k

Number of Households

± 692

In 2017, the median household income of the 13.6k households in East Lansing, MI grew to $37,433 from the previous year's value of $34,153.

The following chart displays the households in East Lansing, MI distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in East Lansing, MI distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In East Lansing, MI the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

33.8%

2017 Homeownership

33.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 33.8% of the housing units in East Lansing, MI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 33.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in East Lansing, MI compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

14.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in East Lansing, MI have a shorter commute time (14.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.892% of the workforce in East Lansing, MI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    53.2%

  2. Walked

    19.6%

  3. Bicycle

    8.42%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in East Lansing, MI was Drove Alone (53.2%), followed by those who Walked (19.6%) and those who Bicycle (8.42%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in East Lansing, MI distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in East Lansing, MI have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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