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.

When you are in Grand Island, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 35.12% of Grand Island’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. 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%).

One of the benefits of Grand Island is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.81 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

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.

Grand Island also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 16.44%.

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