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.
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 sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in La Grande who work in office and administrative support (15.48%), sales jobs (10.31%), and personal care services (6.60%).
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.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 13.24 minutes getting to work every day.
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: 25.35% 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 $23,428, 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 $93,712 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, French , and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in La Grande is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Pacific Island languages.