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 (14.69%), sales jobs (9.86%), and maintenance occupations (6.97%).

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Gresham is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Gresham area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The percentage of adults in Gresham who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 19.39% of the adults in Gresham have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Gresham in 2010 was $21,946, which is middle income relative to Oregon and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $87,784 for a family of four. However, Gresham contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Gresham is an extremely 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 Black or African-American. Gresham also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 18.89% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Gresham include English, Irish, Norwegian, and Italian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Gresham's cultural character, accounting for 16.83% of the city’s population.

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