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Lansing, Illinois
Village
Village of Lansing, Illinois
Ridge Road in downtown Lansing
Ridge Road in downtown Lansing
Flag of Lansing, Illinois
Flag
Motto(s): 
"A community of pride, progress, and possibilities"
Location of Lansing in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Lansing in Cook County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Country  United States
State Illinois
County Cook
Townships Thornton, Bloom
Incorporated 1893
Government
 • Type Mayor-Trustee
Area
 • Total 7.52 sq mi (19.48 km2)
 • Land 7.46 sq mi (19.33 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.15 km2)  0.88%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 29,076
 • Density 3,896.54/sq mi (1,504.42/km2)
Standard of living (2009-11)
 • Per capita income $24,329
 • Median home value $148,500
ZIP code(s)
60438
Area code(s) 708
Geocode 42028
FIPS code 17-42028

Lansing is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Lansing is a south suburb of Chicago. The population was 29,076 at the 2020 census.

Geography

Lansing is located at 41°33′57″N 87°32′45″W / 41.56583°N 87.54583°W / 41.56583; -87.54583 (41.565785, -87.545791). It is 6.9 miles (11.1 km) south of the Chicago city limits at 138th Street, and 25.6 miles (41.2 km) from the Chicago Loop. Lansing is bordered by Glenwood and Thornton to the west, Calumet City and South Holland to the north, Lynwood to the south, and by Munster and Hammond in Indiana to the east.

According to the 2010 census, Lansing has a total area of 6.848 square miles (17.74 km2), of which 6.79 square miles (17.59 km2) (or 99.15%) is land and 0.058 square miles (0.15 km2) (or 0.85%) is water. Lansing sits on the Calumet Shoreline, an ancient shoreline of Lake Michigan. This shoreline runs along Ridge Road.

History

The first family to settle in Lansing was that of August Hildebrandt in 1843. Henry, George, and John Lansing settled the area in 1846, which was incorporated in 1893. Early settlement in the village was primarily by Dutch and German immigrants. Industrial development of the surrounding Calumet region attracted immigrants from Ireland and Eastern Europe to the village in the 20th century. These settlement patterns are reflected in Lansing's current demographics; according to the census of 2000, the top five non African-American ancestries in Lansing were German (17%), Polish (13%), Irish (13%), Dutch (11%), and Italian (7%).

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 830
1910 1,060 27.7%
1920 1,409 32.9%
1930 3,378 139.7%
1940 4,462 32.1%
1950 8,682 94.6%
1960 17,475 101.3%
1970 22,916 31.1%
1980 28,958 26.4%
1990 28,131 −2.9%
2000 28,332 0.7%
2010 28,331 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
2010 2020

2020 census

Lansing, Illinois - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 14,681 8,462 51.82% 29.10%
Black or African American alone (NH) 8,847 13,421 31.23% 46.16%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 38 26 0.13% 0.09%
Asian alone (NH) 255 264 0.90% 0.91%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 5 3 0.02% 0.01%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 39 172 0.14% 0.59%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 363 734 1.28% 2.52%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 4,103 5,993 14.48% 20.61%
Total 28,331 29,076 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 28,331 people, 11,416 households, and 7,774 families residing in the village. The population density was 4,188.7 people per square mile (1,618.2/km2). There were 11,748 housing units at an average density of 1,736.9 per square mile (671.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 58.93% White, 31.59% African American, 0.02% Native American, 0.94% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 6.11% from other races, and 2.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.48% of the population.

There were 11,416 households, out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 24.3% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $47,554, and the median income for a family was $56,901. Males had a median income of $45,186 versus $29,152 for females. The per capita income for the village was $22,547. About 3.5% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

Education

  • College
    • Visible Music College Chicago Branch
  • Public high schools
    • Thornton Fractional South
  • Private high schools
    • American School of Correspondence
  • Public primary and middle schools
    • Memorial Junior High School
    • Nathan Hale Elementary School
    • Heritage Middle School
    • Oak Glen Elementary School
    • Reavis Elementary School
    • Coolidge Elementary School
  • Private primary and middle schools
        • Saint John Lutheran School

Notable people

  • Bill W. Balthis (1936–2016), Illinois state representative, mayor of Lansing, and businessman
  • Tom Gorzelanny, pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, spent part of his childhood in Lansing
  • Curtis Granderson, outfielder for the New York Mets, graduated from Thornton Fractional South High School
  • Harry Smith, former co-anchor for CBS' The Early Show and the host of A&E's Biography series
  • Pierre Thomas, running back for the New Orleans Saints, graduated from Thornton Fractional South High School
  • Jack E. Walker, Illinois politician, practiced law in Lansing. Walker was convicted of bribery in federal court involving a bill involving the ready-mix concrete business. He went to prison but was paroled because of his health. Walker died at St. Margaret's Hospital in Hammond, Indiana
  • Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, Musician
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