Incorporated in 1865, La Grande is now the regional hub of commerce and education. With a population of about 13,000, La Grande is the Union County seat and home to Eastern Oregon University. Those who have relocated to Union County find appreciate the laid-back feel with short commutes and “big city” offerings of fine and performing arts, sports, and nightlife. La Grande is also the “jump-off” point for historic Joseph, popular Wallowa Lake and the breathtaking Eagle Cap Wilderness area.