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Old 06-03-2019, 11:01 AM
 
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My husband and I are moving to Lansing, Mi this summer. What are the safe areas to live in with kids? Any advice would help.
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Old 06-07-2019, 05:50 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Are you planning to live within the city of Lansing? Or are you open to living in the suburbs? There are a few neighborhoods within the city itself that would work for raising kids safely. The Waverly school district is generally going to be better than Lansing schools. But then basically every suburb and small town nearby are suitable for raising kids. East Lansing, Okemos, Haslett, Williamston, DeWitt, Mason and Grand Ledge are all good areas with short commutes to Lansing.
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Old 06-17-2019, 01:24 PM
 
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Thanks for the info. We are open to the suburbs of Lansing. Just dont want to travel more than 25 mins for work if we dont have to. What town is the Waverly school district in?
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Old 06-18-2019, 01:16 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Thanks for the info. We are open to the suburbs of Lansing. Just dont want to travel more than 25 mins for work if we dont have to. What town is the Waverly school district in?
Waverly schools include the western edge of the city of Lansing and parts of Delta Township.

You can get to most places in the Lansing area within 25 minutes from any of the suburbs. Traffic isn’t much of an issue.
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Old 06-30-2019, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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Default moving to Lansing

We live in a small community north east of Lansing called Laingsburg. We originally moved here as our son received a position at MSU. We have horses, dogs & cats and love seclusion. We found a little piece (15 acres) of paradise between Laingsburg and Lansing, and a 20 minute commute to the city. Our kids lived in Okemos, which is more expensive tax wise altho seemed to be a great place to raise children. Here in "the burg", the community itself is tight knit and the schools seem adequate, heavy into sports of all kinds with a big focus on family. Also, taxes are very low here and with the short commute to "the city" makes it a favorable place for us as far as solitude and space to safely enjoy. Low crime rate and easy access to freeways are all within reasonable distance as well. We are planning a move in the future closer to the west coast, where our son was transferred to. Just too hard being away from family and the winters too cold & icy, spring and fall were too rainy and the summers too hot & muggy for ideal riding conditions for me and the horses!! Good luck with your move to our area!
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Old 06-30-2019, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Midwest transplant
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If school districts are your priority you want to look at areas outside the city itself. Towns within 25 minutes of the city include Grand Ledge, Holt, Okemos, Haslett, Williamston, DeWitt, East Lansing and Mason. The two highly rated school districts are Okemos and Haslett, but there are solid programs in all of the schools.

"Traffic" here occurs rarely~someone might tell you they were stuck in traffic because they had to go the speed limit to get somewhere. The only times we truly have a back-up or slow down are during bad weather (snow/ice), construction, the result of an accident, the exceptionally l-o-n-g trains that travel the area, or on football Saturdays. Even on football Saturdays, the traffic is concentrated around the campus/East Lansing and Okemos back roads. You can still get around using side roads.
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Old 07-22-2019, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Millersville, Md and King George, Va
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Look at Potterville. Nice little town, I grew up there. Go Vikings!
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Old 07-23-2019, 06:44 AM
 
Location: between three Great Lakes.
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Wherever you move, welcome to Michigan!
You'll look back at Florida and wonder, "what were we thinking?"
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Old 10-15-2019, 03:19 PM
 
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Okay so I’ve lived in Lansing all my life. Avoid south lansing at most costs areas between mt hope and miller on MLK, Waverly and cedar. Pennsylvania doesn’t get bad until after Vernon neighborhood. Anywhere off jolly and Holmes avoid. This is the ghetto. Also between elm and baker is a bit rough. Eastern is a ghetto school but good sports, Everett is a little better but lacks educational needs, Sexton was always the most hyped up least ghetto school. However I’ve heard that’s changed. Lansing does school of choice so opt to send to holt or waverly. Better education and cleaner schools. Anywhere off Kalamazoo is patchy but there are nice neighborhoods like by hunter park, frances Park is tight in that neighborhood and it’s gorgeous. Ferris Park is decent. Morris river is probably most upscale along with Sexton neighborhood. Avoid Eaton county which is off Saginaw heading toward grand ledge and waverly rd past old Lansing toward jolly. (Eaton county is a money pit for public service) certainly know that downtown gets plowed first due to schools and most side streets off main roads unless they too are busy get plowed last as well. Try to look for homes towards east side of Lansing (Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, hazel) just off Pennsylvania. Because these areas are growing and they are upgrading them, houses will go up in value, and most of them neighborhoods have alleys. Which means you can street park 24/7. Great feature if you have a large family. Beats a small driveway with limited time parking like downtown. Hope this helps someone. Truly love Lansing but there are daily gun shots seems no matter where you go. But which main city doesn’t have that. from the mittens capital city ❤️
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