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.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Grand Island is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. 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 (11.39%), office and administrative support (11.11%), and food service (7.71%).

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 16.01 minutes getting to work every day.

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. 17.36% of adults 25 and older in Grand Island have a college degree.

The per capita income in Grand Island in 2010 was $23,144, 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 $92,576 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 29.00% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Grand Island include Irish, English, Polish, and Swedish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Grand Island's cultural character, accounting for 15.86% of the city’s population.

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