Grand Island, NE Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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The City of Grand Island is the 4th largest city in Nebraska with a population of 51,533 as of July 1, 2016. Grand Island ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Nebraska. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Grand Island is located at latitude 40.9214 and longitude -98.3586 in Hall County. The formal boundaries for the City of Grand Island (see map below) encompass a land area of 29.68 sq. miles and a water area of 0.19 sq. miles. Hall County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,860 feet.

The City of Grand Island (GNIS ID: 838031) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Grand Island population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Grand Island, NE Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 51,533
Population in Households 50,497
Population in Familes 40,241
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,036
Population Density1 1,736
Diversity Index2 66


Total Households 19,215
Average Household Size 2.63
Family Households 12,404
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 20,484 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 11,274 (55.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,940 (38.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,269 ( 6.2%)
Median Home Value $118,254
Average Home Value $144,204


Median Household Income $44,990
Average Household Income $58,853
Per Capita Income $22,303
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.93% 1.02%
Households 0.72% 0.9%
Families 0.68% 0.84%
Median Household Income   2.33%
Per Capita Income   1.75%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Grand Island, NE - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Grand Island to the other 580 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Nebraska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 4 99th
Population Density1 # 64 89th
Diversity Index2 # 12 98th
Median Household Income # 373 36th
Per Capita Income # 529 9th

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