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When announced, many present openly laughed that such an insignificant settlement was now Michigan's capital. Greenly signed into law the act of the legislature making Lansing Township the state capital.With the announcement that Lansing Township had been made the capital, the small village quickly transformed into the seat of state government.
Not counting the temporary 425 Agreements, Lansing administers 34.1 square miles (88 km) total.
The population of its Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) was 464,036, while the even larger Combined Statistical Area (CSA) population, which includes Shiawassee County, was 534,684.
The 2010 Census placed the city's population at 114,297, making it the fifth largest city in Michigan.
It was the last of the county's townships to be surveyed, and the land was not offered for sale until October 1830.
In the winter of 1835 and early 1836, two brothers from New York plotted the area now known as REO Town just south of downtown Lansing and named it "Biddle City".