Being a vibrant community means steady population growth, lots of choices for shopping and dining, and excellent schools and health care. Neighborhoods are warm and welcoming, and the lifestyle offers plenty of opportunities to make friends and enjoy leisure time.
Come visit Grand island for yourself, and experience the progressive and friendly nature of our community. Whether you are a first-time visitor or have lived here all your life, you’re likely to agree that when it comes to finding what you want, it’s all right here.
A 29 square mile city that serves as the county seat of Hall County, Grand Island is one of a handful of Nebraska communities that has enjoyed population growth over the last decade. The 2010 U.S. Census showed Grand Island with a population of 48,520, an increase of 13% since 2000. The 2015 Census population estimate for Grand Island is 51,440. Applying growth rates from recent decades, Grand Island’s population is expected to increase to more than 55,000 by the year 2020. Grand Island has a diverse population: 68.6% Caucasian; 26.7% Hispanic; 1.8% Black and 1% Asian.
History of Grand Island
In 1857, thirty-seven men and women left Davenport, Iowa to create a new city in central Nebraska along the Platte River at a place the French fur trapper called le Grand Ile. It was believed that a major railroad would be built through the Platte River Valley and the railroad, transporting goods and people, would bring prosperity. The settlers were right. Grand Island got not just one, but three rail lines, making it “the hub of the wheel.” The Union Pacific Railroad arrived in 1866 with the St. Joseph and Western rails reaching Grand Island in 1879, and the Burlington line in 1884.
Thriving cities require thriving businesses, and the Chamber takes a proactive approach to designing programs that work – from business advocacy, to workforce development, to relationship building. Our members are the pulse of this community, so our professional staff and volunteer board of directors take members’ needs and suggestions seriously. Contact the Chamber to learn more about what makes this community tick. Stop by for a visit and chat with the businessmen and businesswomen in Grand Island.