La Grande is a somewhat small city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 13,173 people and five constituent neighborhoods, La Grande is the 40th largest community in Oregon.
La Grande is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, La Grande is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in La Grande who work in office and administrative support (15.55%), personal care services (9.58%), and sales jobs (8.78%).
In addition, La Grande is a college town. There are a lot of students in La Grande attending college, and as a result La Grande provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
One of the benefits of La Grande is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 13.85 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.
In terms of college education, La Grande is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.71% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in La Grande in 2010 was $26,191, which is upper middle income relative to Oregon, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $104,764 for a family of four. However, La Grande contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
La Grande is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call La Grande home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of La Grande residents report their race to be White, followed by Native Hawaiian. Important ancestries of people in La Grande include German, English, Irish, French, and Norwegian.
The most common language spoken in La Grande is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Pacific Island languages.