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Overview

Introduction to Medford, Oregon

Medford is situated in the Rogue Valley in the southern portion of Oregon. It's surrounded by mountains and located in Jackson County. The economy is primarily based in healthcare while agriculture and the timber industry are still significant economic factors. Medford is known for its excellent pears. Harry and David Operations Corp. is the biggest direct marketing company regarding fruits and food gift items in the country. Medford and the surrounding region has developed a thriving wine industry.

Outdoor reaction activities are poplar for residents and tourists. The well known Crater Lake, which is the deepest lake in the country is nearby. Due to being positioned between the Siskiyou Mountains and the Cascade Range, the city does not receive the substantial amount of rain which typically falls in the towns in the Pacific Northwest.

History

In 1883 railroad surveyors arrived at Rock Point. One of the surveyors, David Loring who worked for the Oregon and California Railroad named the city in tribute to his home town, Medford Massachusetts. In 1884 the railroad had arrived and soon a thriving town was created. In 1905 Medford was incorporated as a city. During the beginning of the 20th Century a steel bridge was constructed across Bear Creek which made transportation much easier and safer for the citizens.

Attractions

  • Alba Park.
  • The Claire Hanley Arboretum.
  • Medford Carnegie Library.
  • Roxy Ann Peak, a dormant volcano which is approximately 30 million years old.
  • Prescott Park.
  • Vogel Plaza is the location for numerous local events.
  • Medford Railroad Park.
  • Upper and Lower Table Rocks are huge sandstone-basaltic mesas that include lava caps.
  • The huge blackbird statue located in town.
  • Rogue Valley Mall.
  • Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater.
  • Southern Oregon Historical Society.

Activities

In the Medford region there are a vast number of streams and numerous lakes that offer excellent fishing opportunities. Boating and fishing are popular on the Rogue River. There are plenty of places for camping. Trailheads located near Table Rock Road provide hiking opportunities and provide a path to the top of the Lower Table Rock which offers excellent views of the Siskiyou Mountains and the Rogue River. Rafting is available on the Rogue River and the Klamath River. Tourists enjoy the walking tour of the Haunted Brothels and Opium Dens of Medford and the tour of the Harry David facility.

Events

  • Pear Blossom Run, Parade & Street Fair features a race that is one of the prominent athletic events in the Rogue Valley.
  • Britt Festival is a major music and performing arts event for the Northwest.
  • The Rogue Balloon Rally features the wonderful "Night Glo."
  • Medford Jazz Jubilee.
  • Art in Bloom is a major festival.
  • A Taste of History showcases historic locations in the downtown area.

People

Total Population 77,579
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 16.5%
Employed Population 16+ 32,385
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 46.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.7%
Median Earnings25+ $26,935
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,104
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,752

Wealth

Median Family Income $49,686
% Above Poverty Level 77%
% Below Poverty Level 23%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.3%
Median Gross Rent $874
Median House Value $204,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 29.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 11.6%
Irish 12.7%

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

Medford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 221 miles S of Portland, Oregon
County Jackson
Metro Area Medford - Ashland
Standard Zip Codes 97501, 97502, 97503, 97504
Phone Area Codes 541
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.326
Longitude -122.874

Medford 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 MEDFORD EXPERIMENT STN
Distance 1.9 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 ASHLAND
Distance 11.1 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 RUCH
Distance 11.8 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
Eagle Point 8,701 $61,979
Gold Hill 1,194 $45,500
Jacksonville 2,827 $59,700
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/.

Medford Public Libraries

Library
Jackson County Library Services
413 WEST MAIN STREET
Medford, Oregon
(541) 774-8673
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Medford Hospitals

ROGUE VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
2960 DOCTORS PARK DRIVE
(541) 789-5240
Emergency Service: Yes

PROVIDENCE MEDFORD MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1111 CRATER LAKE AVENUE
(541) 732-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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1900 N KEENE WAY DR
541-842-3670
Serves 1,980 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.3

SOUTH MEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL
815 S OAKDALE AVE
541-842-3680
Serves 1,763 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.3

MEDFORD OPPORTUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
500 MONROE ST
541-842-3626
A Non-traditional School
Serves 366 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 104.6

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