Grand Island, NE
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Grand Island is a medium-sized city located in the state of Nebraska. With a population of 51,517 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Grand Island is the fourth largest community in Nebraska.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Grand Island is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 35.12% of the Grand Island workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 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 office and administrative support (11.34%), sales jobs (11.16%), and food service (7.00%).

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.81 minutes getting to work every day.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Grand Island is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Grand Island area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The percentage of adults in Grand Island who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 17.98% of the adults in Grand Island have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Grand Island in 2010 was $23,544, which is lower middle income relative to Nebraska, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $94,176 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 29.62% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Grand Island include Irish, English, Polish, and Swedish.

In addition, Grand Island has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (16.44%).

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