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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population 20,556
Male Share of the Population 44.9%
Female Share of the Population 55.1%
Senior Citizens 20.3%
Employed Population 16+ 9,009
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 39.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 57.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $69,004
% Above Poverty Level 81%
% Below Poverty Level 19%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 14.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 17.3%
% Using Public Transportation 2.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 40.2%
Median Gross Rent $959
Median House Value $340,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22%
US/American 0.2%
English 17.9%
Irish 15.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

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

Station ASHLAND
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
Station MEDFORD EXPERIMENT STN
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 17,604 $54,213
Gold Hill 1,194 $45,500
Jacksonville 2,827 $59,700
Medford 77,579 $49,686
Phoenix 4,500 $47,500
Talent 6,244 $47,121

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ashland Hospitals

ASHLAND COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
(Government - Local)
280 MAPLE STREET
(541) 482-2441
Emergency Service: Yes

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Ashland High Schools

ASHLAND HIGH SCHOOL
201 S MOUNTAIN AVE
541-482-8771
Serves 1,183 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.2

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