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 (15.55%), personal care services (9.58%), and sales jobs (8.78%).
La Grande is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in La Grande enrolled in college, La Grande has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards 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 13.85 minutes getting to work every day.
The percentage of people in La Grande who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.71% of adults in La Grande 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.