24 Facts About Lansing


Lansing metropolitan area, colloquially referred to as "Mid-Michigan", is an important center for educational, cultural, governmental, commercial, and industrial functions.

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Lansing is the only U S state capital that is not a county seat.

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The land that was to become Lansing was surveyed as "Township 4 North Range 2 West" in February 1827 in what was then dense forest.

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Lansing began to grow steadily over the next two decades with the completion of the railroads through the city, a plank road, and the completion of the current capitol building in 1878.

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Lansing went through many changes, including a buyout, between its founding to 1905 when founder Ransom E Olds started his new REO Motor Car Company, which would last in Lansing for another 70 years.

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Lansing is the centerpiece of a region of Michigan known as Mid-Michigan.

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Lansing is located in the south-central part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, where the Grand River meets the Red Cedar River.

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Michigan State University Sailing Club and the Lansing Sailing Club are located on Lake Lansing, where sailing regattas are hosted throughout the summer.

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Lansing has a Midwestern humid continental climate that is influenced by the Great Lakes, and is part of USDA Hardiness zone 5b.

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Downtown Lansing had a historic city market that was one of the oldest continuously operating farmers' markets in the United States, until it closed in 2019.

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Lansing is generally divided into four sections: the Eastside, Westside, Northwestside, and Southside.

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The Eastside, located east of the Grand River and north of the Red Cedar River, is the most ethnically diverse side of Lansing, with foreign-born citizens making up more of its population than any other side in the city.

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Unincorporated areas adjacent to Lansing include parts of Lansing Charter Township, such as the unincorporated community of Edgemont Park, as well as parts of Delta Charter Township, such as the unincorporated community of Waverly.

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At the state level, most of Lansing is located in the 23rd district of the Michigan Senate, which has been represented by Democratic state senator Curtis Hertel Jr.

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The Lansing area is headquarters to four major national insurance companies: Auto-Owners Insurance Company, Jackson National Life, the Accident Fund, and Michigan Millers Insurance Company.

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Lansing has a number of technology companies in the fields of information technology and biotechnology.

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Lansing has several farmers' markets throughout the city in the summer months.

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Lansing'storic Potter Park Zoo, located along the Red Cedar River in Lansing, is a 102-acre park that has more than 160 species of animals.

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Lansing Lugnuts are a High-A Central league, Minor League Baseball team, currently affiliated with the Oakland A's.

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Michigan State University, located in East Lansing, is the largest university in the State of Michigan.

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Lansing area is known for its many golf courses, with two courses owned by Michigan State University, four municipal courses, and many additional public and private courses in the area.

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The former Walnut Hills Country Club in nearby East Lansing formerly hosted the LPGA's Oldsmobile Classic from 1992 to 2000.

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In 2008 the Lansing BWL constructed Michigan's largest solar array towards the goal of increasing renewable energy in the energy grid.

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Lansing was a sister city of Kubyashi District in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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