The mid-size city of Lansing, Michigan is home to approximately 116,000 people. It's a great place to set out on your own, as young professionals account for a higher percentage of the population here (18%) than nationally (15%), while retirees are less well-represented. Overall, the city's population, with an average age of just over 35, is decidedly younger than most cities in Michigan. In terms of housing, residents are evenly split between owning (50%) and renting (50%) their home. The average rent of $816 a month is just below the state average.
There are plenty of industries from which to choose in Lansing. The five most common are retail, healthcare, manufacturing, entertainment, and education. Combined, these industries account for 29% of the labor force in the city. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, 7% of residents work in sales, which ranks as the top career path in the city. With an average annual income of around $48,000, Lansing workers bring in less than their peers elsewhere in Michigan. The city's average income also falls below the national average ($73,345). Among Lansing residents older than 25, 10% have a Bachelor's degree and 5% have earned a Master's or Doctoral degree.
Averaging about 21 minutes, the commute time for Lansing residents is shorter than the state average of about 25 minutes. Driving is the most common means of commuting to work, opted for by 41% of residents, while public transportation isn't extensively used. Walking isn't a common way to get to work.
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