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%).
In addition, Hastings is a college town. There are a lot of students in Hastings attending college, and as a result Hastings provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
One of the benefits of Hastings is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 14.90 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 citizens of Hastings are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.87% of adults in Hastings having a bachelor's degree or advanced 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.