Grants Pass, Oregon
*Statistics, *Climate Zone (for planting/gardening), *Geography, *Police/Fire/Sheriff, *Events (Boatnik), *Camping, *Pictures and other information
Sky over Grants Pass (please click to enlarge and view)
Grants Pass Statistics :
From the census of 2000, there are 23,003 people, 9,376 households, and 5,925 families residing in the city. Grants Pass population density is 1,171.7/km˛ (3,032.8/mi˛). There are 9,885 housing units at an average density of 503.5/km˛ (1,303.3/mi˛). The racial makeup of the city is 92.97% White, 0.33% African American, 1.09% Native American, 0.98% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 1.63% from other races, and 2.88% from two or more races. 5.37% of the population is Hispanic or Latino of any race.
The City of Grants Pass has 9,376 households out of which 31.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.5% are married couples living together, 14.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 36.8% are non-families. 31.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 16.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.36 (US average is 2.59) and the average family size is 2.94 (US average is 3.14).
Within the city the population is spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 19.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 86.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 80.7 males.
The number of persons that are High School graduates or higher; 12, 428 (81.9%). The number of persons that hold a Bachelor’s Degree or higher; 2,125 (14%).
The median income for a the median income for a family is $36,284. Males have a median income of $31,128 versus $23,579 for females. The per capita income for the city is $16,234. 14.9% of the population and 12.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 20.8% of those under the age of 18 and 7.3% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
The number of persons in the labor force (population 16 and over); 9,760 (55.3%).
The mean travel time to work (population 16 and over); 15.0 minutes (as compared to the US National average of 25.5).
Grants Pass enjoys a Zone 7 climate with hot, short summers and mild but pronounced winters with sharply defined seasons without the severe winter cold or enervating humidity. This is similar to climate zones at higher elevations (3,000 feet) in the California foothills west the Sierra Nevada Mountains with limited ocean influence, but not devoid of any like regions east of the Sierra/Cascades ranges.
This climate zone differs from the rest of Western Oregon (Willamette Valley/Umpqua Valley/Portland) in that there is less ocean influence, cooler winters, and warmer drier summers.
This is an excellent climate for plants that require a marked seasonal pattern such as Peony, Iris, Lilac, flowering Cherry.
Deciduous fruit that also require a marked seasonal pattern also do well; such as Pears, Apples, Cherries, and Peaches.
Partial Reference: Sunset New Western Garden Book
Grants Pass Geography :
The elevation of Grants Pass, Oregon, is 960 feet.
Nearby mountains include: *Bald Mountain at 2,684 feet (818.08 meters); (which is also home to radio and TV towers)
• Length from headwaters near Crater Lake to the Pacific Ocean (Gold Beach): 215 miles (346 K).
• 84 miles is Congressionally designated as "National Wild and Scenic". This portion of the Rogue begins 7 miles west of Grants Pass and ends 11 miles east of Gold Beach.
• The annual mean flow of the Rouge River is 3,372 ft3/s, with a total drainage area of 2,459 mi2, the mean annual runoff is 19 inches.
Grants Pass Fire and Police (& Sheriff):
*Fire: Fire protection in the City of Grants Pass is under the umbrella of the City Public Safety Department, while in the outlying Josephine County areas fire protection is provided by contract with homeowners with a few different private fire agencies; the largest and most professional (in my opinion) is Rural Metro
*Police/Sheriff: Police protection is under the same City of Grants Pass Public Safety umbrella as the City fire Department is.
The other area of Josephine County is served by the Josephine County Sheriff Department, which under excellent leadership of current Sheriff Gil Gilbertson has vastly improved. The Sheriff department has also brought in new equipment for search & rescue to hopefully avert another loss as in what happened to the Kim family (in December 2006).
The only dark spot is a police department that in my and many others view is lacking any compassion (especially in regards to the issues/threats that are affecting my family). I will admit that where as the desk sergeants were less than what I would ask in a public servant the deputy chief was more amiable, but still continued with statements that were more based on protecting the status quo rather than trying to correct problems.
I still differ as this departments handing of issues (including simple issues such as traffic citations which the GPPD way of handling these is stereotypical of small towns, to which Farmers Insurance has stated that his and other’s in the departments comments are totally false).
Grants Pass has much to attract visitors, from simply being a friendly community with family values that makes this a nice place to live (our Church, Bethany Presbyterian is awesome), to the many events or natural attractions (such as rafting on the Rogue River).
BOATNIK (Memorial Day Weekend):
The Grants Pass Active Club holds Boatnik every Memorial Day weekend in Grants Pass. This event has been held since 1959.
The activities start Thursday evening in Riverside Park with the Davis Shows Carnival.
Friday includes the Boat Show on the River - 8:00pm to 9:00pm Sprints, Drags, and Hydros.
Followed by the Marathon Jet Boat Exhibition Run - Riverside Park 7:30pm.
Saturday morning is the well-known Boatnik parade. After the parade makes its way through Grants Pass, the focus then becomes Riverside Park where there is a whirlwind of activities to include: arts and crafts, food venders, pizza eating contest, children’s ID booth, boat racing and various other activities. Sunday includes the Fireworks Display at Dusk at Riverside Park.
Monday is the highlight of Boatnik featuring the Oregon Air Guard F15 Flyover (my personal favorite) and the WORLD FAMOUS WHITE WATER HYDROPLANE RACE.
PICTURES; Grants Pass Oregon Boatnik (Click to enlarge):
Here is a video with selected clips from Boatnik 2009
Here is a video with selected clips from Boatnik 2008:
BALLOON FESTIVAL (First Weekend of June)
This is launched from Parkside Elementary School, generally starting at 6:30 am on Friday. The main events start Saturday morning with another 6:00 am Balloon launch. In the evening there is a Kite Making & Demonstration as well as music followed by a 9:30 pm “Night Glow” Balloon Launch. Sunday morning includes one more Balloon launch at 6:30 am.
Most Pictures click to enlarge
Camping is probably my favorite pastime and it is relatively inexpensive and family friendly. Here in the Greater Grants Pass area there are many camping opportunities.
I will add to this section over time, so please check back as I had more here.
699 Jumpoff Joe Creek Rd.
Grants Pass, OR 97526
Indian Mary Park is my favorite Josephine County Park located on the Rogue River along a scenic stretch of the road that connects the little towns of Merlin and Galice. There are 91 campsites, 44 with full hookups, 12 with electric & water only, and 35 for tents only. Fishing, whitewater rafting and amazing sightseeing jaunts are all available within a very short distance of the park. The drive to the park is also very scenic
Indian Mary can be reached from the I-5 exit 61 (Merlin-Galice road). It's about 10 miles from the exit to the entrance of the park.
The parks phone number is 541-474-5285.
Restaurants: Si Casa Floras
This is a favorite Mexican Restaurant of my immediate and extended family. Please click on the picture for a better/larger view of the fountain taken during a cold wave, December 2009
202 Beacon Dr. (near Fred Meyer)
Speedy Pack & Ship
Serving Grants Pass since 2004--providing a full menu of products and services for almost everything related to packing, shipping, mailing and business services.