La Grande is a somewhat small city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 13,229 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 (14.37%), sales jobs (10.40%), and personal care services (8.18%).
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 13.17 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.
La Grande, even though it is a small city, has many people who use public transportation every day to get to and from work. This is a great benefit for people in the, city who have a need for low-cost transportation.
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: 26.16% 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 $25,146, 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 $100,584 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 Irish, English, French , and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in La Grande is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Pacific Island languages.