I know it's not a base but DH got that location as a recruiter slot - tell me about the area, or different areas to live and why =) Thanks!
I am originally from the Lansing area. I grew up in Delta township
which is a very nice area. I went to Grand Ledge High School and my DH
is from Charlotte just outside of Lansing. The city of Lansing has a city
income tax. Also downtown has many lower income families.
On the outskirts of Lansing many families are more middle and high
income. There are museums downtown that are nice to visit. RE Olds
museum and Impression 5 are both fun. Lansing has a baseball team called
the Lugnuts. Okemos is a nice area to shop. Michigan has a lot of
lakes, sand dunes, and many other great outdoor activities. It has four
seasons which is nice.
As for places to live - the nicer towns are Grand Ledge, Charlotte and Portland (about a half hour drive from Lansing). There are many smaller towns that are nice like Wacousta, Westphalia, Fowler, Eagle, Mulliken, Vermontville, Potterville, etc. Some are a little more of a drive, but nice nonetheless.
When you get to Lansing - for the best Italian food and best pizza - you and your husband should try DeLuca's on Willow St (between Waverly and Logan). It is a wonderful family owned restaurant. It was voted the best pizza in Lansing. Also a small drive from Lansing is the Middleton Diner (in Middleton of course ;) ). They have a good menu to choose from (nothing fancy, just good food).
If there is anything else you would like to know about Lansing or the area, ask away. I still visit there multiple times a year, so keep up on what is happening in the area.