La Grande is a somewhat small city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 13,271 people and five constituent neighborhoods, La Grande is the 40th largest community in Oregon.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, La Grande is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (12.73%), sales jobs (8.93%), and healthcare suport services (7.92%).
Because there are quite a few people attending college in La Grande, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, La Grande provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.
One of the benefits of La Grande is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 13.56 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 percentage of people in La Grande who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.41% of adults in La Grande have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in La Grande in 2018 was $25,635, which is middle income relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $102,540 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, Norwegian, and French.
The most common language spoken in La Grande is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Pacific Island languages.