Nicknamed L-Town and the Heart of Michigan, Lansing is the state capital for Michigan and is America’s 31st-most highly populated state capital city.
One Lansing-related Guinness World Record results from the fact that Lansing is where the largest ukulele was measured at about 13 feet one inch (3.99 meters). That’s about 7.5 times the size of a standard soprano ukulele! Lansing’s super-sized ukulele was built from the same materials (birch plywood and pine) while the record-setting musical instrument is capable of producing comparable notes as a regular ukulele.
Major companies with their headquarters in Lansing include: Accident Fund Insurance Company of America; telecommunications provider ACD; Biggby Coffee; music retailer Elderly Instruments; and Fraser Trebilcock law practice.
Michigan shipped U$54.713 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Michiganian exports are automobiles, auto parts and accessories, natural gas and civilian aircraft according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Lansing was 3.4% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Lansing, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Brenke Fish Ladderr, Cooley Law School Stadium, R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, Rogers-Carrier House and the Turner-Dodge House & Heritage Center
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Lansing, United States:
- Jordyn Wieber, Olympic gymnastics gold medalist (born Jul. 12, 1995)
- Magic Johnson, NBA basketball all-star (born Aug. 14, 1959)
- Burt Reynolds, actor (born Feb. 11, 1956)
- Steven Seagal, martial artist & actor (born Apr. 10, 1952)
- Brad Jones, professional NFL football linebacker (born Apr. 1, 1986)
- Matthew Lillard, actor (born Jan. 24, 1970)
- Alexa Canady, first African-American neurosurgeon (born Nov. 7, 1950)
- Sydney Johnson, college basketball coach (born Apr. 26, 1974)
- Patricia Polacco, children’s author & illustrator (born Jul. 11, 1944)
- Kevin Miller, Olympic ice hockey player (born Sep. 2, 1965)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Lansing resident: Lansingite
Population: 116,020 (Lansing city limits)
Density: 3,218 people per square mile (1,243 per square kilometer)
Population: 475,099 (Lansing–East Lansing metropolitan area)
Density: 211 people per square mile (81 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$20.866 billion as of March 2015 (Lansing–East Lansing metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $43,919
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Lansing: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on June 16, 2017
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016. Accessed on June 16, 2017
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on June 16, 2017
Guinness World Records, Largest ukulele. Accessed on June 16, 2017
Nations Online, Capital Cities of the USA. Accessed on June 16, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Lansing official website. Accessed on June 16, 2017
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries. Accessed on June 16, 2017
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on June 16, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on June 16, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on June 16, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Lansing city flag. Accessed on June 16, 2017
Wikipedia, Lansing, Michigan. Accessed on June 16, 2017
Wikipedia, Lansing-East Lansing metropolitan area. Accessed on June 16, 2017
Wikipedia, List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Accessed on June 16, 2017
Wikipedia, Michigan. Accessed on June 16, 2017
Within city limits, Lansing occupies 36.05 square miles (93.37 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 116,020 Lansingites in 2016.
The Lansing–East Lansing metropolitan area has a combined land area of 2,255.6 square miles (5,842 square kilometers) with a metropolitan area population of 475,099 inhabitants.
At the city level, Lansing’s population density is 3,218 residents per square mile (1,243 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Lansing metropolitan area with an average 211 inhabitants per square mile (81 per square kilometer).
Lansingites celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.