Grand Island, NE Profile: Facts & Data


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Grand Island, Nebraska - Basic Facts

The City of Grand Island is the 4th largest city in Nebraska with a population of 52,375 as of July 1, 2018. 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 40.925 and longitude -98.342 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.

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Grand Island, NE Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 52,375
Population in Households 51,350
Population in Familes 41,079
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,025
Population Density2 1,765
Diversity Index3 68


Median Household Income $47,966
Average Household Income $64,247
Per Capita Income $24,510


Total Housing Units 20,898 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,860 (52.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 8,828 (42.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,209 ( 5.8%)
Median Home Value $132,800
Average Home Value $155,558


Total Households 19,689
Average Household Size 2.61
Family Households 12,641
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.9% 0.74%
Households 0.84% 0.72%
Families 0.75% 0.63%
Median Household Income   2.1%
Per Capita Income   2.59%

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, 2018 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 Density # 62 89th
Diversity Index # 12 98th
Median Household Income # 366 37th
Per Capita Income # 490 16th

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