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Lansing, Kansas
Lansing High School band marching in the 2015 Veterans Day Parade
Lansing High School band marching in the 2015 Veterans Day Parade
Official seal of Lansing, Kansas
Location within Leavenworth County and Kansas
Location within Leavenworth County and Kansas
KDOT map of Leavenworth County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Leavenworth
Platted 1878
Incorporated 1959
Named for James Lansing
 • Total 12.41 sq mi (32.14 km2)
 • Land 12.31 sq mi (31.88 km2)
 • Water 0.10 sq mi (0.27 km2)  0.88%
846 ft (258 m)
 • Total 11,239
 • Density 905.6/sq mi (349.69/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 913
FIPS code 20-38650
GNIS ID 478431

Lansing is a city in Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States. It is situated along the west side of the Missouri River and Kansas-Missouri state border. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 11,239. It is the second most populous city of Leavenworth County and is a part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. The Lansing Correctional Facility (formerly the Kansas State Penitentiary), which includes the state's main maximum-security prison, is located in Lansing.


Lansing is named for James Lansing, a pioneer settler. Formerly William Lansing Taylor, James changed his name upon his enlistment in 1862 as a hospital steward in the 7th Kansas Cavalry. Following the Civil War, he earned a position at the new state penitentiary in Kansas as a hospital steward. He later resigned and opened a general mercantile store, which held the post office and an apothecary business, in the area called “Town of Progress”. “Doc Lansing”, as he became known, and his friend John C. Schmidt became co-owners of 90 acres (360,000 m2) of land that was platted into town lots in 1878; they named the area “Town of Lansing”. Lansing did not become an incorporated city until 1959.

The Kansas State Penitentiary, later renamed the Lansing Correctional Facility in 1990, was authorized by the Kansas Constitution in 1859; it is the state's largest and oldest facility for detention and rehabilitation of male adult felons. With the opening of the coal mine at the prison the town became an important shipping point for this product.

Lansing was ranked 88 in the top 100 of Money Magazine's 2007 list of best places to live.


Lansing is located at 39°14′55″N 94°53′31″W / 39.24861°N 94.89194°W / 39.24861; -94.89194 (39.248689, -94.891880). The city is situated along the western bank of the Missouri River which also marks the Kansas-Missouri state border. It is bordered by the city of Leavenworth to the north; Kansas City is less than a half-hour to the southeast. U.S. Route 73 passes through the city.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.50 square miles (32.37 km2), of which, 12.39 square miles (32.09 km2) is land and 0.11 square miles (0.28 km2) is water.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Lansing has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 933
1890 1,468 57.3%
1960 1,264
1970 3,797 200.4%
1980 5,307 39.8%
1990 7,120 34.2%
2000 9,199 29.2%
2010 11,265 22.5%
2020 11,239 −0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
Lansing Correctional Facility is a Kansas State prison in Lansing

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 11,265 people, 3,180 households, and 2,496 families living in the city. The population density was 909.2 inhabitants per square mile (351.0/km2). There were 3,371 housing units at an average density of 272.1 per square mile (105.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 80.2% White, 13.2% African American, 0.8% Native American, 2.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.8% from other races, and 2.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.1% of the population.

There were 3,180 households, of which 41.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.4% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 21.5% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.15.

The median age in the city was 37.6 years. 22.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 31.2% were from 25 to 44; 29.3% were from 45 to 64; and 8.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 59.4% male and 40.6% female.


The community is served by Lansing USD 469 public school district, and operates four schools with more than 2,000 students.

  • Lansing Elementary School, grades K–3
  • Lansing Intermediate School, grades 4–5
  • Lansing Middle School, grades 6–8
  • Lansing High School, grades 9–12

Notable people

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