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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

Demographics

People

Total Population78,856
Male Share of the Population49.3%
Female Share of the Population50.7%
Senior Citizens16.9%
Employed Population 16+34,254
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married46.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher24.7%
Median Earnings25+$27,913
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,472
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,085

Wealth

Median Family Income$52,555
% Above Poverty Level78.6%
% Below Poverty Level21.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.2%
% Using Public Transportation1%

Housing

People Living Alone28.2%
Median Gross Rent$881
Median House Value$213,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)29.2%
Irish12.1%
English11.5%
Italian4.5%
French Except Basque4.2%
Scottish3.4%
Swedish3.2%
Norwegian2.6%
Dutch2.3%
Polish1.6%
Portuguese0.9%
Welsh0.8%
Swiss0.8%
Danishn0.7%
Canadian0.7%
Russian0.7%
Czech0.6%
Greek0.4%
Romanian0.3%
African0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Arab0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
German0.1%
Belgian0.1%
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Medford Almanac

CategoryValue
County Jackson County
Standard Zip Codes97501, 97504, 97502, 97503
Phone Area Codes541
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude42.28
Approximate Longitude-122.9

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)

StationMEDFORD EXPERIMENT STN
Distance1.9 miles
Jan Temp31 to 47 F
Apr Temp38 to 64 F
Jul Temp51 to 88 F
Oct Temp37 to 67 F
Annual Precip21.1 inches
StationASHLAND
Distance11.1 miles
Jan Temp29 to 48 F
Apr Temp35 to 63 F
Jul Temp50 to 87 F
Oct Temp36 to 68 F
Annual Precip19.7 inches
StationRUCH
Distance11.8 miles
Jan Temp30 to 49 F
Apr Temp36 to 66 F
Jul Temp49 to 90 F
Oct Temp38 to 72 F
Annual Precip25.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Central Point17,793$55,936
Eagle Point8,790$65,657
Gold Hill1,302$47,500
Jacksonville2,845$72,035
Phoenix4,528$51,193
Talent6,323$50,599

Medford Public Libraries

Jackson County Library Services
205 S CENTRAL AVE
Medford, Oregon
(541) 774-8673

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Medford Hospitals

Saint Alphonsus Medical Center
(Non-profit)
1050 Sw 3rd Ave
(541) 881-7370
Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center
2825 E Barnett Road
Providence Medford Medical Center
(Non-profit)
1111 Crater Lake Avenue

Medford Public Schools

Central Medford High School
815 S Oakdale Ave
ZIP: 97501
(541) 842-3669
High
Total Enrollment 262
Griffin Creek Elementary School
2430 Griffin Creek Rd
ZIP: 97501
(541) 842-3740
Primary
Total Enrollment 609
Howard Elementary School
286 Mace Rd
ZIP: 97501
(541) 842-3760
Primary
Total Enrollment 464
Jefferson Elementary School
333 Holmes Ave
ZIP: 97501
(541) 842-3800
Primary
Total Enrollment 463
Kids Unlimited Academy
821 N Riverside Ave
ZIP: 97501
(541) 774-3900
Primary
Total Enrollment 248
Logos Public Charter School
400 Earhart
ZIP: 97501
(541) 842-3658
Other
Total Enrollment 938
Mcloughlin Middle School
320 W Second St
ZIP: 97501
(541) 842-3720
Middle
Total Enrollment 801
North Medford High School
1900 N Keene Way Dr
ZIP: 97501
(541) 842-3670
High
Total Enrollment 1712
Oak Grove Elementary School
2838 W Main St
ZIP: 97501
(541) 842-3830
Primary
Total Enrollment 462
South Medford High School
1551 Cunningham Ave
ZIP: 97501
(541) 842-3680
High
Total Enrollment 1795
Washington Elementary School
610 S Peach St
ZIP: 97501
(541) 842-3860
Primary
Total Enrollment 421
Abraham Lincoln Elementary
3101 Mcloughlin Dr
ZIP: 97504
(541) 842-3730
Primary
Total Enrollment 496
Hedrick Middle School
1501 E Jackson St
ZIP: 97504
(541) 842-3700
Middle
Total Enrollment 903
Hoover Elementary School
2323 Siskiyou Blvd
ZIP: 97504
(541) 842-3750
Primary
Total Enrollment 676
Jackson Elementary School
713 Summit Ave
ZIP: 97504
(541) 842-3770
Primary
Total Enrollment 430
Kennedy Elementary School
2860 N Keene Way Dr
ZIP: 97504
(541) 842-3810
Primary
Total Enrollment 575
Lone Pine Elementary School
3158 Lone Pine Rd
ZIP: 97504
(541) 842-3820
Primary
Total Enrollment 591
Orchard Hill Elementary School
1011 Laloma Dr
ZIP: 97504
(541) 779-1766
Primary
Total Enrollment 412
Roosevelt Elementary School
1212 Queen Anne Ave
ZIP: 97504
(541) 842-3840
Primary
Total Enrollment 390
Wilson Elementary School
1400 Johnson St
ZIP: 97504
(541) 842-3870
Primary
Total Enrollment 501

Medford Private Schools

Harvest Baptist Christian School
2001 S Columbus Ave
ZIP: 97501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 78
New Dimension Christian School
129 N Oakdale Ave
ZIP: 97501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 30
Sacred Heart Catholic School
431 S Ivy St
ZIP: 97501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 217
Medford Montessori School
1398 Poplar Dr
ZIP: 97504
Elementary
Total Enrollment 68
St Mary's Of Medford
816 Black Oak Dr
ZIP: 97504
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 433
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