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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population50,895
Male Share of the Population49.9%
Female Share of the Population50.1%
Senior Citizens13.6%
Employed Population 16+25,657
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married49.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18%
Median Earnings25+$30,346
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$24,060
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,435

Wealth

Median Family Income$55,091
% Above Poverty Level83.6%
% Below Poverty Level16.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone27.9%
Median Gross Rent$695
Median House Value$121,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)35%
Irish11%
English6.2%
Polish4.6%
Swedish3.8%
Czech2.3%
Danishn2.1%
French Except Basque1.9%
African1.6%
Norwegian1.1%
Italian1%
Dutch1%
Somali0.8%
Sudanese0.7%
Scottish0.6%
Welsh0.6%
Russian0.4%
Finnish0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Turkish0.1%
German0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
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Grand Island Almanac

CategoryValue
County Hall County
Standard Zip Codes68801, 68803
P.O. Box Zip Codes68802
Phone Area Codes308
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude40.95
Approximate Longitude-98.29

Grand Island Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationGRAND ISLAND CTR NE AP
Distance3.2 miles
Jan Temp12 to 33 F
Apr Temp38 to 62 F
Jul Temp64 to 87 F
Oct Temp39 to 65 F
Annual Precip25.8 inches
StationHASTINGS 4 N
Distance19.1 miles
Jan Temp14 to 34 F
Apr Temp39 to 63 F
Jul Temp64 to 88 F
Oct Temp41 to 65 F
Annual Precip27.9 inches
StationSAINT PAUL 4 N
Distance24.5 miles
Jan Temp13 to 34 F
Apr Temp38 to 63 F
Jul Temp64 to 87 F
Oct Temp40 to 65 F
Annual Precip25 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Alda581$54,444
Cairo894$70,000
Chapman244$51,932
Doniphan1,010$68,958
Giltner372$60,833
Phillips338$52,500

Grand Island Public Libraries

Grand Island Public Library
211 NORTH WASHINGTON STREET
Grand Island, Nebraska
(308) 385-5333

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Grand Island Hospitals

Chi Health St. Francis
2620 West Faidley Ave
(308) 384-4600

Grand Island Public Schools

Barr Middle School
602 W Stolley Park Rd
ZIP: 68801
(308) 385-5875
Middle
Total Enrollment 769
Seedling Mile Elem School
3208 E Seeding Mile Rd
ZIP: 68801
(308) 385-5910
Primary
Total Enrollment 107
Stolley Park Elem School
1700 W Stolley Park Rd
ZIP: 68801
(308) 385-5913
Primary
Total Enrollment 249
Knickrehm Elementary School
2013 N Oak St
ZIP: 68801
(308) 385-5927
Primary
Total Enrollment 265
Lincoln Elementary School
805 Beal St
ZIP: 68801
(308) 385-5924
Primary
Total Enrollment 311
Starr Elementary School
315 Wyandotte St
ZIP: 68801
(308) 385-5882
Primary
Total Enrollment 249
Jefferson Elementary School
1314 W 7th St
ZIP: 68801
(308) 385-5922
Primary
Total Enrollment 289
Wasmer Elementary School
318 S Clark St
ZIP: 68801
(308) 385-5920
Primary
Total Enrollment 396
Grand Island Intervention And Assessment
3230 Wildwood Dr
ZIP: 68801
(402) 498-1898
Lockwood Preschool
750 Lockwood Rd
ZIP: 68801
(308) 384-2042
Primary
Total Enrollment 40
Dodge Elementary School
641 S Oak St
ZIP: 68801
(308) 385-5889
Primary
Total Enrollment 502
Howard Elementary School
502 W 9th St
ZIP: 68801
(308) 385-5916
Primary
Total Enrollment 411
Central Ne Support Service Program
123 S Webb Rd, Po Box 4904
ZIP: 68803
(308) 385-5900
Other
Grand Island Senior High School
2124 N Lafayette Ave
ZIP: 68803
(308) 385-5950
High
Total Enrollment 2365
Northwest High School
2710 N North Rd
ZIP: 68803
(308) 385-6394
High
Total Enrollment 713
Success Academy
1912 N Lafayette Ave
ZIP: 68803
(308) 385-5885
Engleman Elementary School
1812 Mansfield Rd
ZIP: 68803
(308) 385-5902
Primary
Total Enrollment 488
Newell Elementary School
2700 W 13th St
ZIP: 68803
(308) 385-5905
Primary
Total Enrollment 474
Shoemaker Elementary School
4160 W Old Potash Hwy
ZIP: 68803
(308) 385-5936
Primary
Total Enrollment 358
Walnut Middle School
1600 N Custer Ave
ZIP: 68803
(308) 385-5990
Middle
Total Enrollment 871
Early Learning Center
4360 W Capital Ave
ZIP: 68803
(308) 385-5655
Primary
Total Enrollment 353
Gates Elementary School
2700 W Louise St
ZIP: 68803
(308) 385-5892
Primary
Total Enrollment 350
Westridge Middle School
4111 W 13th St
ZIP: 68803
(308) 385-5886
Middle
Total Enrollment 495
West Lawn Elementary School
3022 College St
ZIP: 68803
(308) 385-5930
Primary
Total Enrollment 251
Cedar Hollow School
4900 S Engleman Rd
ZIP: 68803
(308) 385-6306
Primary
Total Enrollment 346
1r Elementary
3301 W One-r Road
ZIP: 68803
(308) 385-6352
Primary
Total Enrollment 166

Grand Island Private Schools

Trinity Lutheran School
208 W 13th St
ZIP: 68801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 140
Platte Valley Elementary School
636 S Shady Bend Rd
ZIP: 68801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Grand Island Christian School
1804 State St
ZIP: 68803
Elementary
Total Enrollment 28
Heartland Lutheran High School
3900 W Husker Hwy
ZIP: 68803
Secondary
Total Enrollment 70
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