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Grand Island, Nebraska

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Welcome to Grand Island ...

The city of Grand Island is located in Hall County and is the County Seat for Hall County.

When the people of Grand Island refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Grand Islander<1>

A typical abbreviation for Grand Island: Grand Is. (in Canada, 'Isld.' is the more common abbreviation.)

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Grand Island has a population of 51,478 people<2> (see below for details).

Grand Island is 1,870 feet [570 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Grand Island lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Grand Island is located in the (308) area code.

The ZIP codes for Grand Island: 68801-68803<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Grand Island had a population of 48,520 people (or 82.79% of the total population of Hall County). This makes Grand Island the county's most populous community.

The population of Grand Island represents 2.66% of the total population of Nebraska (which has 1,826,341 people), making it the state's 4th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 48,520 people, the population of Grand Island increased 12.99% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 42,940 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Grand Island had an population of 51,478 people. This is an increase of 6.1% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 19.88% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Grand Island.

Communities near Grand Island ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Aurora   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the East (E) of Grand Island

Located in Hamilton County

Wood River   [Map]

Lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Grand Island

Doniphan   [Map]

Lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) of Grand Island

Cairo   [Map]

Lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the West (W) of Grand Island

Alda   [Map]

Lies 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Grand Island

Giltner   [Map]

Lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Grand Island

Located in Hamilton County

Dannebrog   [Map]

Lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Grand Island

Located in Howard County

Phillips   [Map]

Lies 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) of Grand Island

Located in Hamilton County

Chapman   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Grand Island

Located in Merrick County

Marquette   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km] to the East (E) of Grand Island

Located in Hamilton County

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Grand Island.

Communities Also Named Grand Island ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 4 communities that are also named Grand Island - they are located in California, Colorado, Florida and New York.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Grand Island.

Websites for Grand Island ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Grand Island. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Grand Island. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Grand Island. Our list includes 48 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Grand Island:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Grand Island ...

Looking for more information about Grand Island? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Grand Island, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Grand Island.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Hall County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Grand Island:

The official website for Hall County:

The official website for State of Nebraska:

Footnotes ...

<1>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Grand Island refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Grand Island may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Grand Island.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Grand Island - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Grand Island). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Grand Island or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Grand Island includes: 68801, 68802 & 68803.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Grand Island) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Grand Island. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Grand Island

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Grand Island. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.9239, Longitude: -98.3483     [Map].

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