Lansing, Michigan

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  • Michigan became a state January 26, 1837, the 26th state admitted to the Union.
  • Lansing became state capital: 1847
  • Established: 1836
  • Name Origin: Named for Lansing, New York, home of early settlers

When Lansing became capital of Michigan in 1847, the “city” had one log house and a sawmill. The capitol, dedicated in 1879, was one of the first to emulate the dome and wings of the US Capitol. Its interior walls reflect the work of many artisans, muralists, and portrait painters.

Ransom Eli Olds, who built and marketed one of America’s earliest automobiles, started the city’s industrial growth. In the Transportation Museum, see Oldsmobile, REO, Star and Durant autos, and a display of Olds’ Victorian home.

Michigan State University, the country’s first agricultural college, is located here on a 5,300-acre campus that has 7,800 different species and varieties of trees and shrubs. See the Horticultural and Botanical Gardens; catch the Milking of Cows at the Dairy Barn.

Edging the Grand River, 10 miles out of town, are The Ledges. The 300-million-year-old quartz sandstone formations offer good rock climbing for the experienced.

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Things To Love About Lansing

The old catalpa tree on the capitol grounds and the inspirational capitol building that pulled off beauty without overspending; the traditional Michigan State Campus and the diagonally striking Broad Art Museum; the legacy of RE Olds and all those cars.

Blogs To Read About Lansing

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Capital City Basics

  • Population: 114,297, 31st largest in population of the 50 capital cities
  • Population density: 3,171 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 36.05 square miles
  • Elevation: 880 feet, 17th highest in elevation of the 50 capital cities
  • Normal high/low temps: January 32/19, July 83/64. Annual rainfall: 33 inches
  • Time Zone: Eastern
  • Water near: Grand River, Red Cedar River
  • Mountains near: Huron Mountains. Mount Arvon, in the northwest part of the state on the peninsula, is the highest point in Michigan at 1,979 feet.
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals: Indianapolis, IN 252; Columbus, OH 256; Madison, WI 368
  • Miles to National Capitol in Washington, DC: 588

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 114,297            Population
  • 24.2%              Under 18
  • 9.7%                 Over 65
  • 3.7%                 Asian
  • 23.7%               Black
  • 12.5%               Hispanic/Latino
  • 0.8%                Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 0.0%                Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 55.5%              White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 13.0%              English Not Spoken at Home
  • 86.6%             High School Graduate
  • 24.5%             Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 25.2%               Below Poverty Level
  • $19,766           Per Capita Income
  • $37,528           Median Household Income
  • $97,400          Median Value of Home
  • 55.3%              Home Ownership