Locke, MI


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Locke, MI

About Locke, MI

Living in Locke, MI is a great experience. The town is small and peaceful, yet has plenty of activities to keep everyone occupied. People here are friendly and welcoming, creating an atmosphere of community and camaraderie that can't be found anywhere else. There are plenty of opportunities to explore the beautiful outdoors, including hiking trails, fishing spots, and parks where residents can gather for picnics or just to relax. Shopping is also available in Locke with several boutiques and specialty stores located throughout the downtown area. Residents here take pride in their community and are proud to call it home. Capital city/College town - Central Michigan along I-96 halfway between Detroit and Grand Rapids.

State: Michigan
County: Ingham County
Metro Area: Lansing-East Lansing Metro Area
City: Locke
Zip Codes: No Zip Codes Here.
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Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 841 ft above sea level

Lansing is the state capital, and East Lansing is home to Michigan State University. Together the two places form the second most-populated area in Michigan, but individually, they are quite different. Downtown Lansing is plain and generally uninteresting; mainly anchored by the state government. A large GM assembly plant just west of town was recently replaced by a more modern plant farther out.

Area employment has three distinct bases: government, the university, and GM. While government and the university create a stabilizing influence, GM the rest of the industrial mix and economy have been anything but. The effects of GM’s downsizing and recent buyout programs on the area economy and demographics are still unfolding, but recent unemployment is high and home sales are very slow.

There are some interesting museums and other facilities typical of a capital city. Entertainment is provided by the popular and aptly named Lansing Lugnuts, and for most other entertainment activities, residents look east. East Lansing, the more attractive of the two cities, contains the usual college-town amenities, restaurants, and nightlife, and has a stronger employment base.

Areas west along a major strip are generally unattractive, while pleasant suburbs and small suburban towns surround the area north, east and south; Okemos east of East Lansing is one of the largest and more upscale examples and has a small base of high tech employment. Small towns like Williamston southeast and Owosso northeast offer an attractive small town lifestyle with access to city employment. The cost of living is very attractive for a capital city and college town, but the economy and the dreary central Michigan climate are issues to contend with.

Terrain is generally a mix of farmland and deciduous forest. The climate alternates between continental and semi-marine, based on the force and direction of the wind and storms. When there is little wind, the weather becomes continental with pronounced fluctuations in temperature. A strong lake wind may temper winter cold and summer heat, albeit with heightened wind chill factors in winter. Precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year. Snowfall is moderate. There are twice as many cloudy days as clear ones year-round. First freeze is end of September, last is mid-May.

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Locke Cost of Living
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College town atmosphere, capital city amenities, and stable employers make Locke a great place to live.

$257,300
-31.4% lower than avg
$109,500
+37.0% higher than avg
$932 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-23.2% lower than avg
Locke Crime
20.3 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
Minimum annual income
To live comfortably in Locke, Michigan
$49,320
for a family
$33,200
for a single person
Pros & Cons of Locke
   College town atmosphere
Economic cycles
   Capital city amenities
Winter climate
   Stable employers
Cloudy skies
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