Introduction to Grants Pass, Oregon

Grants Pass, Oregon, in Josephine county, is 24 miles W of Medford, Oregon and 215 miles S of Portland, Oregon. About 23,003 people live in Grants Pass.

Grants Pass History

Grants Pass was first settled in the late 1840s. Hunters and trappers from the Hudson Bay Company passed through the city in the 1820s. It was named in honor of General Ulysses S. Grant after his capture of Vicksburg. The first post office of this area was established on March 22, 1865. It became the county seat of Josephine County in 1886 and was incorporated in 1887.

Grants Pass and nearby Attractions

  • Grants Pass Museum of Art
  • Illinois River Forks State Park
  • Oregon Caves
  • Siskiyou National Forest
  • Josephine County Historical Society Museum
  • Rogue River

Things To Do In Grants Pass

Grants Pass is home to many parks and open spaces. Some of these include the Westholm Park, Lawnridge Park, Tussing Park, George H Eckstein Park and Riverside Park. The Grants Pass Museum of Art and the Josephine County Historical Society Museum provide insight into the history of this area. The Illinois River Forks State Park, Oregon Caves and Siskiyou National Forest are also worth visiting. Local celebrations include the Asian Cultural Festival, Wild Rogue Balloon Festival and the Josephine County Fair.

Grants Pass Transportation

Rogue Valley International is the nearest major airport.

Grants Pass Higher Education

Rogue Community College and McCain Institute are the local institutions of higher education. Southern Oregon University and Oregon Institute of Technology also offer courses for higher studies.


Total Population 36,378
Male Share of the Population 46.8%
Female Share of the Population 53.2%
Senior Citizens 20.5%
Employed Population 16+ 12,919
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 45.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.7%
Median Earnings25+ $24,858
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,583
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,445


Median Family Income $42,229
% Above Poverty Level 78.8%
% Below Poverty Level 21.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 34.7%
Median Gross Rent $846
Median House Value $178,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28.1%
US/American 0%
English 12.3%
Irish 15.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Grants Pass Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 24 miles W of Medford, Oregon (center to center)
Nearest Large City 215 miles S of Portland, Oregon
County Josephine
Standard Zip Codes 97526, 97527
P.O. Box Zip Codes 97528, 97543
Phone Area Codes 541
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.439
Longitude -123.327

Grants Pass Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 47 F
Apr Temp 36 to 66 F
Jul Temp 50 to 89 F
Oct Temp 37 to 70 F
Annual Precip 31 inches
Station RUCH
Distance 20.9 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 49 F
Apr Temp 36 to 66 F
Jul Temp 49 to 90 F
Oct Temp 38 to 72 F
Annual Precip 25.7 inches
Distance 25.4 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 47 F
Apr Temp 38 to 64 F
Jul Temp 51 to 88 F
Oct Temp 37 to 67 F
Annual Precip 21.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Grants Pass, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Hugo (97526)

Wilderville (97543)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Central Point 17,604 $54,213
Glendale 801 $35,000
Gold Hill 1,194 $45,500
Jacksonville 2,827 $59,700
Rogue River 2,442 $42,321

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Grants Pass Public Libraries

Josephine County Library System
Grants Pass, Oregon
(541) 474-5482
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Grants Pass Hospitals

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(541) 472-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 1,810 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22

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Student/teacher ratio: 24.2

Serves 766 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.9

A Non-traditional School
Serves 106 students.

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