Grand Island, NE
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Grand Island is a medium-sized city located in the state of Nebraska. With a population of 51,440 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Grand Island is the fourth largest community in Nebraska.

Grand Island is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 office and administrative support (11.92%), sales jobs (10.90%), and food service (7.69%).

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 15.47 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. 17.16% of adults 25 and older in Grand Island have a college degree.

The per capita income in Grand Island in 2010 was $23,221, which is middle income relative to Nebraska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $92,884 for a family of four. However, Grand Island contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 27.99% 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 15.85% 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.