Hastings has the 3023rd largest population in the United States. The population shrank by 0.9% from 2010 to 2015, which was slower than the national average. Hastings is part of the Grand Rapids metro area. Unemployment in the Grand Rapids area is 3%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. Grand Rapids has the 56th largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Hastings is below average at $42,950, and the median cost of a home in Hastings is $95,100, which is below the national average. 14% of workers in Hastings hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 89% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Hastings. 82% of Hastings workers drive to work alone, 0% take public transit, 8% carpool, and 8% walk. People in Hastings spend an average of 18 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.