La Grande is a somewhat small city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 13,074 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 (14.75%), sales jobs (9.36%), and teaching (8.55%).
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.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of La Grande spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 12.67 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The citizens of La Grande are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.75% of adults in La Grande having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in La Grande in 2010 was $21,967, which is middle income relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $87,868 for a family of four. However, La Grande contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
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 English, Irish, Scottish, and French .
The most common language spoken in La Grande is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Pacific Island languages.