The county seat of Josephine County, the city of Grants Pass lies in the Rogue Valley of southwestern Oregon. The climate here is different from the rest of western Oregon. Grants Pass enjoys short, hot summers that are offset by pronounced, yet mild, winters. The city's motto is "It's the Climate!" The population of Grants Pass is estimated at about 24,600.
Historic Downtown Grants Pass has undergone a major, multimillion-dollar renovation. It has received new streets and sidewalks and city plans included the implementation of many other amenities designed to make the area more efficient and convenient for pedestrians, while at the same time creating an economically vibrant ambiance.
Grants Pass contains 10 primary neighborhoods, including:
The economy of Grants Pass used to hinge primarily on timber. In recent years, the importance of timber has been surpassed by tourism. In addition, the city is attempting to diversify.
Grants Pass has been described as an ideal location for many businesses because of its easy access to many markets, such as the West Coast, the Far East and Asia. Today, a number of secondary industries exist in Grants Pass, including health care, retail, manufacturing, tourism, and construction.
The city's largest employers include MasterBrand Cabinets and Three Rivers Community Hospital.
Fourteen percent of the citizens of Grants Pass who are 25 and older have a bachelor's or an advanced college degree. High school graduates make up almost 82 percent of the population, and an estimated 3.9 percent of the population is presently pursuing a college degree.
Children in Grants Pass enjoy small classrooms: Classroom sizes average out to about 11 children to a classroom, compared with the state average of 19 children per classroom. There are more than 10 elementary, middle and high schools in the district.
Grants Pass is also home to Rogue Community College's Redwood Campus, which offers lower division transfer, job training, and developmental studies programs.
Because tourism is so important to Grants Pass, the city places a great emphasis on its area recreational activities. Visitors can enjoy a variety of seasonal indoor and outdoor recreational activities, including:
Visitors and residents can always find something to do in Grants Pass. Events and activities include:
Grants Pass is home to a number of local media sources:
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