Being the capital of Michigan, a major portion of the city of Lansing is located in Ingham County, and the rest in Eaton County. Michigan's fifth largest city by population as per the 2010 census, Lansing is known for the Lansing Metropolitan Area.
Also referred to as Mid-Michigan, this metropolitan area is an important destination for all types of events. They range from educational programs to cultural events, and even meetings of government officials. The Lansing Metropolitan Area also has nursing, medical and law schools.
Lansing is not a county seat for Ingham and Eaton Counties. Mason is the city which is the county seat for Ingham County. But Lansing has some major county offices since most of the city is in Ingham County.
The Lansing Metropolitan Area has the highest population density. On the flanks of Lansing, the population is greatly reduced. Comprising of a healthy mix of Whites, African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans, the city also hosts people with different faiths. This is evident from the different celebrations and ethnic festivals that happen in the city all year round. A majority are evangelical Protestants followed by mainline Protestants. The rest are Orthodox, Catholics, and others.
Lansing is a great place to live in. It has something to appeal to everyone's senses. It is also an area of history and culture.
Lansing is located at the center of the state of Michigan, known as Mid-Michigan.
Hugh Howard discovered the city in 1790 while sailing with a canoe. In 1825, more exploration of this place took place. What is a city now was then a thick forest. In 1836, two New Yorkers laid demarcations to Lansing. This demarcation is now known as REO Town.
The two New Yorkers went to Lansing, New York and made sale interests of the plots of land they had demarcated in Lansing, MI. Some 16 people bought the land, without knowing that what was promised never existed in the first place. The New Yorkers had apparently promised them a township with 64 blocks containing a church, school and parks.
Upon reaching the place, the group of 16 people realized they had been tricked, because what they saw was nothing but a vast floodplain. They stayed on rather than going back, and this is how it began. From a group of 16 people, more people started coming in.
Lansing's claim to fame came in 1847. The state of Michigan wanted to relocate the capital of Detroit to another place. Detroit was close to Canada, where at that time British colonists were harbored. The British had captured Detroit in 1812, but America re-took Detroit in 1813.
Out of many cities surveyed to be a potential capital, Lansing won, because of its location in the center of Michigan.
A major part of the city was formerly Lansing Charter Township, which has been done away with and now called only Lansing. There are some land areas that have been attached to the city. These areas are from Eaton County. They are located in two townships - Delta Charter Township and Windsor Township. Both these townships are located in Eaton County, yet they are a part of Lansing.
Lansing City is the home of the Grand River. It flows through the southern part of the city. As much as Grand River, the Red Cedar River is an integral part of Lansing, flowing within Michigan State University. Apart from these two rivers, there are two lakes as well. They are Park Lake and Lake Lansing. Both of these lakes are to the north of the city, with the largest being Lake Lansing.
About Lansing, Michigan
Greater Lansing is the place where a lot of activities happen. A lot of events and activities are lined up here for visitors and locals. At Kalamazoo, the W.J. Beal Botanical Gardens hosts five thousand species of diverse flora. They are organized in a systematic arrangement in the garden making it look even prettier.
Greater Lansing has a lot of active communities and set an example to others of their quality of life. The towns, cities, and the general backdrop of each community area are charming and never cease to amaze.
A prominent community is Charlotte. Situated between Lansing and Jackson, Charlotte is a community of people that value their history as much as they value their present and future. The place is abundant with historical homes, performing arts enclaves, sports facilities, and much more.
Lansing's penchant for being a peaceful city is essayed in totality by DeWitt. Located 7 miles towards the north of Lansing, DeWitt was recognized in 2005 as the best place to live in by a review conducted by CNN.
The people of Lansing do not miss out on opportunities to be outdoors. The people are genuinely sweet and many love a well-known candy shop in Greater Lansing called Fabiano's Candies. This is an old-world style candy shop. A large variety of chocolates are available here and there is sweet candy without any sugar.
For visitors and even for the locals, there are plenty of travel deals. Family packages, romantic couple getaway deals and much more are offered with the numerous travel and tour operators here. Lansing, being a great place to brew romance, helps people get the best of everything such as hot tubs, plush five star hotels, golf courses and romantic retreats.
Lansing is a place for shop-till-you-drop types. It's home to major shopping malls and offers an eclectic mix of affordable boutiques to inexpensive cloth markets.
For art lovers, Lansing's art galleries offer a gateway into the artistic sensibilities of local and international artists. Prominent among them is the Lansing Art Gallery, featuring art displays and competitions. It also retails art gifts and other small treasures. Established as a non-profit entity, this art gallery should not be missed being visited.
About Ingham County, Michigan
A major portion of Lancaster is in Ingham County, and the rest is in Eaton County. The Ingham County has three transportation services. They are namely Amtrak, Capital Area Transportation Authority, and Capital Region International Airport.
There are a lot of places to visit in Ingham County. The Talbert and Leota Abrams Planetarium is one that is a place for astronomical research and sciences. The Department of Physics and Astronomy controls this place. This department is part of Michigan State University.
The best books with a good selection are located at the Capital Area District Library. Apart from regular paper-back books, there is digital content too. A lot of educational and informational events happen here from time to time such as the Great Michigan Read.
During this event, a book is selected and excerpts are read out from the book. Besides book reading sessions, there are musical nights of jazz at this library as well. The library receives acclaimed authors periodically and gives visitors and fans a chance to meet these authors.
When in Ingham, visiting Potter's Park Zoo will be a big hit with the kids. The zoo is home to many wild animals, and birds. Amur Tigers, Rhinos, Bali Minah Birds and other such rarely-seen animals are for display in close range.
Eaton County is the other county that Lansing city is part of. This county is home to three rivers. They are namely Battle Creek River, Grand River, and Thomapple River.
Eaton County is bounded by six counties on all its sides. To the north is Clinton and Ionia Counties. To the south is Jackson and Calhoun Counties. To the west is Barry County, and to the east is Ingham County.
Named after John H. Eaton, who was War Secretary with the Federal Government, Eaton County was formed from an open tract of unused land. Comprising of more than ninety percent White people, Eaton County embraces religious, economical, and cultural pluralism.