About Grand Island

Welcome to Grand Island, Central Nebraska’s Platte River Oasis, offering tourist attractions, an active trade center, employment opportunities, and human service programs to the agriculturally based area population.

Located in the center of the State, Grand Island is accessible to traffic from Interstate-80, U.S. Highways 281, 30, and 34, and Nebraska Highway 2, as well as the Central Nebraska Regional Airport. It is known as the retail hub of central Nebraska, offering lodging, dining, shopping, entertainment, service programs, and information to the 30-plus rural communities in a 90-mile surrounding area.

Grand Island is the fourth largest city in Nebraska, with an estimated population of 44,000. The community also serves residents in much of rural Nebraska including an area of over 20,000 square miles with an estimated population of over 200,000. Incorporated in 1872, Grand Island has a rich history reflected today in the stability of the community and the outstanding quality of life for its residents.

More than 90 manufacturing plants provide jobs for over 7,000 people, drawing from a rural population base of talented and diverse workers.