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A+ Ashland Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Ashland Cost of Living Cost of living is 12% higher than Oregon
12727% more expensive than the US average
11414% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Ashland cost of living
C Ashland Crime Total crime is 15% higher than Oregon
Total crime
3,76136% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2736% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
16%Year over year crime is up
Ashland crime
D+ Ashland Employment Household income is 11% lower than Oregon
Median household income
$47,31414% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$31,7326% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%8% lower than the US average
Ashland employment
D- Ashland Housing Home value is 47% higher than Oregon
Median home value
$362,50096% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9834% higher than the US average
Home ownership
54%15% lower than the US average
Ashland real estate or Ashland rentals
A+ Ashland Schools HS graduation rate is 10% higher than Oregon
High school grad. rates
94%14% higher than the US average
School test scores
70%42% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
19:118% higher than the US average
Ashland K-12 schools or Ashland colleges

Living in Ashland, OR

Ashland, Oregon is a mid-sized city with a population of 21,002 residents. Ashland has a population density of 3,164 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. At 92%, the majority of the Ashland population is White; this is followed by 2% Black and 2% Asian. Ashland is known to be family friendly as more than 73% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 66% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Ashland, Oregon could be a great experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. The best areas in Ashland and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from crime, cost of living, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Oregon and national averages.

The livability score in Ashland is 72 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 72nd percentile of all cities across America. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Ashland has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+) and education (A+). There are some categories that Ashland ranks poorly for, including: cost of living (F) and housing (D-). It might be worth taking a closer look to determine why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Ashland on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Lithia Park, and Noah's River Adventures.

Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 187 crimes per 100,000 residents, Ashland has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

The average school test scores in Ashland are 70%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

Assuming that Ashland meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Ashland. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Ashland are simply unattainable. The median home price for Ashland homes is $362,500, which is 46.6% higher than the Oregon average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Ashland, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 7.7, which is 67.4% higher than the Oregon average. Real estate appreciation rates in Ashland are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Ashland homes comes in at 5%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 8.1%.

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I lived in Ashland for three years and every day marveled at the incredible beauty. Generously green and lush, this is a highly walkable town with an almost picture perfect community. For it's small population of about 20,000 residents, it offers abundant community events (the place loves its parades), art, restaurants and theater. It is home to the Shakesphere Festival, so popular that it runs about 8 months out of the year and attracts visitors from across the globe. Lithia Park, which extends nearly a mile from the town center, is absolutely magical.

The people consist mainly of retirees, undergraduates and more "healers" than you can shake a rain stick at. Many people from California's Bay Area cashed in and retired to Ashland, driving up housing costs. A 3 bedroom house near downtown now is in the $500K range. Pride of ownership is high and this shows in the beautifully landscaped yards and well kept properties.

This is a highly liberal town and most folks are very environmentally conscientious. There's something incredibly sweet, quirky and lovely about this community.

Sadly, there is a dearth of working professionals in their 30s and 40s. This is not a great place for singles or for jobs. But is a place to make friends and be part of a peaceful and gorgeous community. It is overcast and rains quite a lot from October through April. Snow is minimal. Summers are absolute bliss.
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