Gresham Oregon | Multnomah County | Greater Portland Metro Area

Historic downtown Gresham, OregonGresham is located in Multnomah County, in Oregon, east of Portland, named after General Walter Quinton Gresham. The community of Gresham, Oregon was established in the mid 1800’s when Powell Valley was named after three pioneer settlers: James and Jackson Powell, who moved to Oregon in 1852, a year before Dr. John Parker Powell. They all lived in the shadow of Mt. Hood, just a few miles from Sandy, today referred as the downtown of Gresham. They had all gone through rough trips on wagon trains as they searched for new opportunities in the new city. Before 1884, Gresham was named Powell Valley. Many early pioneer family names are now street and road names.In 1884 business owner Benjamin Rollins petitioned Postmaster General Walter Q. Gresham for a post office, who in turn suggested to name the community in honor of him. The residents could not establish the city until they had a post office and a postal code. So in 1884, in order to help the community, one of the local store owners allowed his store to serve as the post office. Gresham was then incorporated in 1905. The municipality was named in tribute to Postmaster General Walter Quinton Gresham and had the first mayor and city council elected in 1904. The city of Gresham was granted the permission to be incorporated by the State of Oregon on Feb. 11, 1905.

City Attractions

The city and its surroundings offer excellent hiking trails and biking opportunities. Several downhill and cross-country skiing runs and snowmobiling activities are located near and on Mount Hood. The Nadaka Loop Trail extends across a portion of the city and the nearby Columbia River Gorge is well known for wind surfers. The Springwater Trail is popular among its residents and visitors. There are also high quality golf courses including a championship course offering scenic views of Mt. Hood. Other activities include fishing, boating, white water rafting and water skiing in the local rivers. The Pacific Ocean is approximately 2 hours away, (if the traffic around downtown Portland is moving along) and Oxbow Park is the well known destination for family picnics.

Economy and Demographics

The unemployment rate in Gresham, Oregon, is 6.30%, and the job growth is1.58%. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 36.90%. The sales tax rate is 0.00% and income tax is 9.00%. As for the income per capita, it averages $21,611, including all adults and children. The median household income is $47,577, with males at $37,701 versus $27,744 for female. The per capita income for the city was $19,588. About 8.4% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.2% of those under the age of 18 and 6.7% of those 65 and older.