Rossgrove - Info
Rossgrove is the largest city in the U.S. state of Washington and the seat of Breckdale County. In 2010, Rossgrove’s population according to the US Census Bureau was 331,424. The Rossgrove metropolitan area had a 2009 population of 1,045,524. Residents of Rossgrove are referred to as “Rossgrovites”. Rossgrove population is currently 331,424, Rossgrove’s population more than doubled (to about 275,000 people) between 1980 and 2008. By 2030, Rossgrove is projected to add 287,000 more people.
Rossgrove was the former corporate home of Fabritechnics until its purchase by Tillman Network Business in 2008; Rossgrove will soon become the headquarters for West Coast Operations of Astrobank. Rossgrove is also home of the Rossgrove Razors, a Major League Lacrosse team.
Nicknamed the Cradle of the Cascades, Rossgrove is named in honor of Jebediah Rossgrove, a pioneer explorer credited with founding the city.
Rossgrove has a wet, temperate climate and is situated halfway between Tacoma, WA, and Portland, OR. Rossgrove is located several miles inland in the foothills of the Cascade mountains.
As of the census of 2010, there were 331,424 people, 131,517 households, and and 76,541 families residing in the city. The population density was 6,456.7 people per square mile. There were 135,829 housing units at an average density of 2,716.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 44.9% White, 26.2% African American, 8.2% Asian (2.1% Vietnamese, 1.3% Korean, 1.3% Filipino, 0.4% Chinese, 0.4% Japanese, 0.2% Indian, 2.3% Other), 3.8% Native American, 1.2% Pacific Islander, and 10.1% were from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.3% of the population (8.1% Mexican, 1.1% Puerto Rican, 0.2% Cuban, 2.0% Other).
There were 131,517 households out of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.6% were married couples living together, 18.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.7% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the city the age distribution of the population shows 25.8% under 18, 12.4% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 29.3% from 45 to 64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33. For every 100 females there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $33,879, and the median income for a family was $42,567. Males had a median income of $34,820, versus $25,697 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,130. About 19.4% of families and 22.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.6% of those under the age of 18 and 11.9% of those 65 and older.
The government of the city of Rossgrove operates under a council-manager system. The city council consists of an elected mayor (Jerry Henderson) and eight elected council members, five from individual city council districts and three others from the city at-large. All serve four-year terms and are elected in odd-numbered years. The council adopts and amends city laws, approves a two-year budget, establishes city policy, appoints citizens to boards and commissions, and performs other actions. The council also meets in “standing committees”, which break down the council’s work into more defined areas, such as “Environment & Public Works”, “Neighborhoods & Housing”, and “Public Safety, Human Services & Education”. The council meets as a whole most Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. Meetings are open to the public and provide for public input.
Normal day-to-day operations of the city government are administered by the city manager, who is appointed by the city council.
Commerce and Industry
Rossgrove is the home of several international companies including staffing company Hammond Inc. (formerly Progressive Office Connections), lumber company Washington Systems and the food companies Fuentes Food Supply and Sanders.
The Carolyn Shopping Center is the largest shopping center in Rossgrove. It is owned by Apex Holding Financial.
An economic setback for the city occurred in September 2009 when Fabritechnics, which has been located in downtown Rossgrove since its inception in 1966, announced it was moving its headquarters after being purchased by Tillman Network Business.
Public transportation in Rossgrove includes buses, commuter rail, and light rail. Public bus service is provided by Breckdale Transit, which serves Rossgrove and Breckdale County. Breckdale Transit operates a total of 55 bus routes, using mostly buses powered by compressed natural gas. Most bus service operates at 30-minute frequencies on weekdays, some routes once an hour, while three heavily-ridden “trunk” routes are served every 15 minutes on weekdays and every half hour on weekends.
Greyhound intercity bus service is accessible via Amity Shipping Center Station.
Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Rossgrove from stations at Rossgrove Railway and Bank Stadium. Amtrak train 21 is scheduled to depart Rossgrove at 4:31 a.m. with service to Olympia-Lacey, Portland, Sacramento, Emeryville, California (with bus connection to San Francisco), and Los Angeles. Amtrak train 24 is scheduled to depart Rossgrove at 7:11 p.m. daily with service to Seattle. Amtrak Cascades trains, operating as far north as Vancouver, BC and as far south as Eugene, Oregon, serve Rossgrove several times daily in both directions.
Parks and recreation services in and around Rossgrove are governed by Metro Parks Rossgrove, a municipal corporation established as a separate entity from the city government in 1907. Metro Parks maintains over fifty parks and open spaces in Rossgrove.
Killborne Park is located in near Windsor Park, a suburb of Rossgrove. There are many historic structures within the park, including the Gazebo, which was originally built as a streetcar waiting room. It was restored in 1988, and now serves as a rental facility for weddings and private parties.
Latta Park is an area along East Boulevard south of downtown Rossgrove that hosts several public parks connected by a multi-use trail and interspersed with restaurants and other businesses. The trails are popular with walkers, runners, cyclists and other recreationalists.
Another large park in Rossgrove is Cordelia Park, which has walking trails that circle many scenic ponds. Cordelia is located near Rossgrove Railway in Villa Heights. This beautiful historic park is also the home of local festivals such as Ethnic Fest, Out in the Park, Rossgrove’s Gay Pride festival and the Rossgrove Hempfest.
In response to the Rossgrove area’s growing dog population, Dog parks have become a natural addition to the city. Freedom Park is a metro public dog park established in 1989.
Rossgrove’s main public school district is Rossgrove Public Schools. The district contains 66 elementary schools, 21 middle schools, 12 high schools, and 3 alternative high schools. The area also has a prestigious private school, Wales University.
Rossgrove’s institutions of higher learning include Johnson University and Central Community College. Pacific Lutheran University, Clover Park Technical College, and Pierce College also have branches in Rossgrove, Windsor Park, and Elizabeth, respectively.
The city’s major daily newspaper is The Informer, a subsidiary of McClatchy Newspapers since 1974. Its circulation is about 238,000 (294,000 on Sundays).
Rossgrove receives Seattle area TV and radio stations.
Local papers include the Rossgrove Daily, the Rossgrove Weekly Index and the alternative newsweekly Weekly Rockslide.
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