Introduction to Grand Island, Nebraska

Grand Island, Nebraska, in Hall county, is 88 miles W of Lincoln, Nebraska and 127 miles W of Omaha, Nebraska.

Grand Island History

Grand Island was known as La Grand Isle by French traders. It is the largest inland island in the world. In 1857, 35 German settlers reached this area. However, the first settlement was destroyed in 1859. The city was then incorporated in 1872. Construction of the Union Pacific Railroad reached Grand Island by 1886. In 1890, sugar beets were introduced in Nebraska as a crop. The sugar beet processing factory in the southwest part of the community was the first such factory in the USA.

Grand Island and nearby Attractions

  • Saint Paul Historical Village
  • Museum of Nebraska Major League Baseball
  • Edgerton Explorit Center
  • Morman Island State Recreation Area
  • Fort Kearny State Historical Park
  • Children’s Museum of Central Nebraska

Things To Do In Grand Island

Grand Island has two lakes, which are L E Ray Lake and Pier Lake. The Calvary Baptist Church, Resurrection Catholic Church, Christian Lutheran Church and the Immanuel Baptist Church are the local churches. One can also visit parks like Abbot Park, Augustine Park, the Grand Island Heritage Zoo and Ashley Park while in Grand Island.

Grand Island Transportation

Flights are available from Kansas City International Airport.

Grand Island Higher Education

Central Community College, Northeast Community College, Southeast Community College and the University of Nebraska at Omaha are the local centers of higher education.


Total Population 50,582
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 13.4%
Employed Population 16+ 25,236
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 50.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.4%
Median Earnings25+ $28,915
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,265
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,865


Median Family Income $53,817
% Above Poverty Level 83%
% Below Poverty Level 17%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 1%


People Living Alone 28.5%
Median Gross Rent $657
Median House Value $117,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.9%
US/American 0%
English 5.9%
Irish 10.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Grand Island Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 88 miles W of Lincoln, Nebraska (center to center)
Nearest Large City 127 miles W of Omaha, Nebraska
County Hall
Standard Zip Codes 68801, 68803
P.O. Box Zip Codes 68802
Phone Area Codes 308
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.925
Longitude -98.341

Grand Island Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 3.2 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 33 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 39 to 65 F
Annual Precip 25.8 inches
Station HASTINGS 4 N
Distance 19.1 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 34 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 88 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 27.9 inches
Station SAINT PAUL 4 N
Distance 24.5 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 34 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 40 to 65 F
Annual Precip 25 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alda 607 $54,375
Cairo 888 $68,523
Chapman 257 $57,813
Doniphan 1,020 $62,222
Giltner 388 $61,071
Phillips 301 $49,375

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Grand Island Public Libraries

Grand Island Public Library
Grand Island, Nebraska
(308) 385-5333
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Grand Island Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(308) 384-4600
Emergency Service: Yes

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Grand Island High Schools

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Serves 1,886 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 657 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

A Special Education School
Serves 194 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 32.3

Serves 16 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

Grand Island Colleges

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