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Overview

Introduction to Gresham, Oregon

Gresham is situated at the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge in Multnomah County. The city of Portland is nearby. The scenic Cascade Mountains can be seen from Gresham. It's surrounded by beautiful rivers and well known Mt. Hood is close by.

History

The area was recognized as a campground due to pioneers spending the night there before they reached Portland. The residents could not establish the city until they had a post office and a postal code. To help his community, one of the local store owners allowed his store to serve as the post office in 1884. Gresham was incorporated in 1905. The municipality was named in tribute to Postmaster General Walter Quinton Gresham.

Attractions

  • Mount Hood Jazz Festival
  • Highland Pub & Brewery
  • Farmers's Market
  • Gresham Pioneer Museum
  • Mt. Hood Repertory Theatre
  • Art Walk
  • Rockin Around the Block Car Show

Activities and Entertainment

The region features excellent hiking trails and biking opportunities. Several ski resorts are only an hour away. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling opportunities are located near Mount Hood. The popular Nadaka Loop Trail traverses through a portion of the city. The nearby Columbia River Gorge is a well known location for wind surfers. The Springwater Trail is enjoyed by residents and visitors.

The region features quality golf courses including a championship course which offers scenic views of Mt. Hood. Residents and visitors participate in activities such as fishing, boating, white water rafting and water skiing in the numerous local rivers. The Pacific Ocean is approximately an hour away. Oxbow Park is a well known destination for family picnics and having access to a popular local river. Camping is also available in the park.

The historic downtown area includes attractive tree lined streets, numerous restaurants and shops. Gresham Station Shopping Center is a popular destination. Gresham features a variety of music festivals. Residents and visitors enjoy ballet, opera, theatrical performances and the symphony at nearby Portland.

Transportation

The Tri Met's bus system as well as the MAX Light Rail serve the city. Portland International Airport provides air flights.

People

Total Population 109,308
Male Share of the Population 49.8%
Female Share of the Population 50.2%
Senior Citizens 12%
Employed Population 16+ 47,894
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 45.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.4%
Median Earnings25+ $30,093
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,719
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,875

Wealth

Median Family Income $53,693
% Above Poverty Level 78.7%
% Below Poverty Level 21.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.4%
% Using Public Transportation 8.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 25.5%
Median Gross Rent $911
Median House Value $210,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.4%
US/American 0%
English 9.4%
Irish 9.3%

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

Gresham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 12 miles E of Portland, Oregon
County Multnomah
Standard Zip Codes 97030, 97080
Phone Area Codes 503
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.498
Longitude -122.43

Gresham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station TROUTDALE
Distance 4.2 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 62 F
Jul Temp 55 to 82 F
Oct Temp 44 to 65 F
Annual Precip 44.8 inches
Station PORTLAND INTL AP
Distance 10.1 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 61 F
Jul Temp 57 to 79 F
Oct Temp 45 to 63 F
Annual Precip 37 inches
Station VANCOUVER 4 NNE
Distance 16.6 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 46 F
Apr Temp 40 to 60 F
Jul Temp 54 to 77 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 41.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Boring (97089)

Damascus (97030, 97080, 97089)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fairview 9,181 $58,565
Happy Valley 16,462 $110,484
Maywood Park 872 $88,229
Sandy 10,134 $67,560
Troutdale 16,479 $70,691
Wood Village 3,971 $37,471

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

Gresham Hospitals

LEGACY MT HOOD MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
24800 SE STARK STREET
(503) 674-1122
Emergency Service: Yes

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Gresham High Schools

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GRESHAM HIGH SCHOOL
1200 N MAIN AVE
503-674-5500
Serves 1,868 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.2

CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL
3505 SE 182ND AVE
503-661-7612
Serves 1,842 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.3

SAM BARLOW HIGH SCHOOL
5105 SE 302ND AVE
503-674-5600
Serves 1,808 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21

SPRINGWATER TRAIL HIGH SCHOOL
1440 SE FLEMING AVE
503-667-4669
Serves 143 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

ALPHA HIGH SCHOOL
876 NE 8TH ST
503-262-4050
A Non-traditional School
Serves 49 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.8

CENTER FOR ADVANCED LEARNING
1484 NW CIVIC DR
503-618-2447

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