Introduction to Ashland, Oregon

Ashland, Oregon, in Jackson county, is 12 miles SE of Medford, Oregon and 230 miles S of Portland, Oregon. The city is conveniently located inside the Medford-Ashland metropolitan area. There are an estimated 19,522 people in Ashland.

Ashland History

The original settlers of Ashland were the Shasta Indians. Hunters and trappers from the Hudson Bay Company passed through the area in the 1820s. In 1855, it was named Ashland Mills after Ashland County, Ohio. The Ashland Academy, which is now known as Southern Oregon University, was established in the city on November 4, 1872. The first railroad entered Ashland in December 1887.

Ashland and nearby Attractions

  • Crater Lake National Park
  • Pacific Northwest Museum of Natural History
  • Schneider Museum of Art
  • Mount Ashland
  • Science Works Hands on Museum
  • TouVelle State Recreation Site

Things To Do In Ashland

Ashland offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. The Schneider Museum of Art, the Science Works Hands-on Museum, the Pacific Northwest Museum of Natural History and the Jacksonville Museum of Southern Oregon History may prove interesting to those hoping to learn more about the area's history. One can plan a day trip to the Agate Reservoir County Park or the TouVelle State Recreation Site from Ashland as well. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Bear Creek Golf Course, the Oak Knoll Golf Course and the Quail Point Golf Course. In addition, Ashland hosts the Oregon Shakespeare Festival every year.

Ashland Transportation

Rogue Valley International is the nearest major airport.

Ashland Higher Education

Southern Oregon University is the local institution of higher education. Rogue Community College, Shasta College and the Oregon Institute of Technology also provide higher education in the area.


Total Population 20,412
Male Share of the Population 44.6%
Female Share of the Population 55.4%
Senior Citizens 19.1%
Employed Population 16+ 9,252
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 39.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 57.8%
Median Earnings25+ $26,729
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,891
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,794


Median Family Income $64,423
% Above Poverty Level 81.3%
% Below Poverty Level 18.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 15.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 18.6%
% Using Public Transportation 2.3%


People Living Alone 40.6%
Median Gross Rent $926
Median House Value $343,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.9%
US/American 0%
English 17.7%
Irish 15.2%

Ashland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles SE of Medford, Oregon (center to center)
Nearest Large City 230 miles S of Portland, Oregon
County Jackson
Metro Area Medford - Ashland
Standard Zip Codes 97520
Phone Area Codes 541
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.194
Longitude -122.708

Ashland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 48 F
Apr Temp 35 to 63 F
Jul Temp 50 to 87 F
Oct Temp 36 to 68 F
Annual Precip 19.7 inches
Distance 10.9 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 47 F
Apr Temp 38 to 64 F
Jul Temp 51 to 88 F
Oct Temp 37 to 67 F
Annual Precip 21.1 inches
Station RUCH
Distance 17.6 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 49 F
Apr Temp 36 to 66 F
Jul Temp 49 to 90 F
Oct Temp 38 to 72 F
Annual Precip 25.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Central Point 17,443 $51,130
Gold Hill 1,054 $38,068
Jacksonville 2,816 $55,944
Medford 76,648 $49,296
Phoenix 4,465 $45,224
Talent 6,164 $46,425

Ashland Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(541) 482-2441
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 1,183 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.2

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