A small city in Michigan, East Lansing has a population of slightly less than 48,000. Young adults aged 15-24 will find no shortage of opportunities, as they account for a greater percentage of the population here (64%) than nationally (14%), while young professionals appear in smaller numbers. Overall, the city's population, with an average age of just under 29, skews decidedly younger than most cities in Michigan, ranking as the second-youngest municipality in the state. Only 35% of residents are homeowners in East Lansing, as renting is more common in the city despite an average rent of $1,083/month, significantly higher than the state average of $874.
Many East Lansing residents work in one of two industries: education and entertainment. Combined, these industries account for 26% of the city's workforce. With an average annual income of around $60,000, East Lansing workers take home about the same as the average Michigan resident. However, East Lansing compares less favorably to the national average ($73,345). Compared to the national average (7%), East Lansing has a large percentage of residents older than 25 who have advanced degrees, as 10% have earned a Master's or a Doctorate. Additionally, 9% have a Bachelor's degree.
Averaging about 17 minutes, East Lansing's commute time is shorter than the state average of about 25 minutes. Many residents (25%) drive their car to work, while public transit isn't widely used. Not many workers (8%) commute on foot, though the number is well above the national average.
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