Grand Island, NE
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Grand Island is a medium-sized city located in the state of Nebraska. With a population of 51,390 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Grand Island is the fourth largest community in Nebraska.

Grand Island is a blue-collar town, with 35.37% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Grand Island is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Grand Island who work in sales jobs (11.49%), office and administrative support (11.36%), and food service (6.20%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Grand Island spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.97 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

In terms of college education, Grand Island is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 18.84% of adults 25 and older in Grand Island have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Grand Island in 2010 was $25,411, which is middle income relative to Nebraska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $101,644 for a family of four. However, Grand Island contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Grand Island is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Grand Island home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Grand Island residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Grand Island also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 30.16% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Grand Island include German, Irish, English, Polish, and Swedish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Grand Island's cultural character, accounting for 15.52% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Grand Island is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.