City Facts


  • Counties: Ingham, Clinton
  • Incorporation: 1907
  • Government Type: Council-Manager
  • Mayor: Mark S. Meadows
  • City Manager: George Lahanas
  • Population (based on the 2010 Census): 48,579
  • Total Area: 13.49 square miles
  • Elevation: 856 feet
  • Time Zone: EST
  • Zip Code: 48823-48826
  • Area Code: 517
  • School District: East Lansing Public Schools
  • Regional Higher Education: Michigan State University, Lansing Community College, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Davenport University, Great Lakes Christian College
  • Satellite Campuses: Central Michigan University, Detroit College of Law at Michigan State, Western Michigan University Lansing Campus
  • Public Bus Transit: Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA)
  • Cost of Living: 1.4% lower than the U.S. average
  • Racial makeup (based on the 2010 Census):
    • 78.4 percent Caucasian
    • 6.8 percent Black or African American
    • .3 percent American Indian & Alaskan Native
    • 10.6 percent Asian
    • 1 percent other races
    • 2.9 percent from two or more races
    • 3.4 percent Hispanic or Latino of any race