Gresham, OR


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Gresham is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 110,553 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, Gresham is the fourth largest community in Oregon.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Gresham is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Gresham is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Gresham who work in office and administrative support (14.83%), sales jobs (10.12%), and maintenance occupations (6.93%).

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Gresham use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Gresham‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The education level of Gresham citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 18.57% of adults 25 and older in Gresham have a college degree.

The per capita income in Gresham in 2010 was $21,634, which is middle income relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $86,536 for a family of four. However, Gresham contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Gresham is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Gresham home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Gresham residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Gresham also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 19.02% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Gresham include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.

In addition, Gresham has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (17.59%).

The most common language spoken in Gresham is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Russian.