Grand Island, NE

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Living in Grand Island

Grand Island is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Nebraska. With a population of 53,131 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. 37.33% 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, professionals, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Grand Island who work in office and administrative support (10.06%), sales jobs (8.97%), and management occupations (6.27%).

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 17.22 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Grand Island citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.33% of adults 25 and older in Grand Island have a college degree.

The per capita income in Grand Island in 2018 was $28,517, which is middle income relative to Nebraska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $114,068 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 32.36% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Grand Island include German, Irish, English, Polish, and Swedish.

In addition, Grand Island has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (16.76%).

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