Hastings is a medium-sized city located in the state of Nebraska. With a population of 24,924 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Hastings is the seventh largest community in Nebraska.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Hastings is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Hastings is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hastings who work in management occupations (10.08%), office and administrative support (10.00%), and sales jobs (9.79%).
Hastings is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Hastings enrolled in college, Hastings has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Hastings spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.90 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The population of Hastings overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Hastings, 22.87% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Hastings in 2010 was $27,003, which is upper middle income relative to Nebraska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $108,012 for a family of four. However, Hastings contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Hastings is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Hastings home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hastings residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Hastings also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.54% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Hastings include Irish, English, Swedish, and Czech.
The most common language spoken in Hastings is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.