East Lansing has residents that live in apartment complexes which could see issues in coming years with rent control and foreclosures because of the amount of other apartment complexes that are opening up. East Lansing has an estimated total population of 48,365 as of the Census estimations of 2016. The United States Census estimations has the population from 15 to 24 years being 64.1 percent of the cities population. East Lansing is a college town and in college towns you tend to see a lot of certain types of businesses fast food places tanning salons and apartment complexes are among these, said Charles Ballard, a professor of economics at Michigan State University. East Lansing is an example of a student driven economy where businesses appear to cater to the needs of the students as well as the residents of the city.