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A+ Medford Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D- Medford Cost of Living Cost of living is 4% lower than Oregon
Medford
1099% more expensive than the US average
Oregon
11414% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Medford cost of living
F Medford Crime Total crime is 96% higher than Oregon
Total crime
6,416133% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 16133% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-3%Year over year crime is down
Medford crime
D Medford Employment Household income is 17% lower than Oregon
Median household income
$44,13020% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$24,03219% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%1% lower than the US average
Medford employment
D+ Medford Housing Home value is 14% lower than Oregon
Median home value
$213,30015% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$8817% lower than the US average
Home ownership
52%19% lower than the US average
Medford real estate or Medford rentals
D- Medford Schools HS graduation rate is 4% lower than Oregon
High school grad. rates
82%1% lower than the US average
School test scores
43%13% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
27:169% higher than the US average
Medford K-12 schools or Medford colleges

Living in Medford, OR

Medford is a mid-sized city located in the state of Oregon. The city has a population of 78,856 residents. Medford has a population density of 3,061 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. If we look at the most recent Census, Medford is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. Medford has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 71% of the population is classified as married and 61% have kids.

Without the right tools, moving to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Medford, Oregon could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. To help you find the best places to live in and around Medford, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, cost of living, weather, employment, housing and more.

The livability score in Medford is 64 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 37th percentile of all cities across America. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Medford has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Medford. The following was graded with a less than perfect score: crime (F), cost of living (D-), education (D-) and employment (D).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Medford 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: Upper and Lower Table Rock, Rogue River, and Harry & David's Tour.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Medford is actually affordable. The median home price for Medford homes is $213,300, which is 13.7% lower than the Oregon average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Medford, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.8, which is 4.3% higher than the Oregon average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Medford were 7.8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 10.1%.

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Compare Medford, OR Livability To Other Cities

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Some call it Methford, some call it Dreadford Boregon.

Attractions3/10
Community6/10
Nightlife3/10
Dining1/10
Shopping3/10
I lived and worked in Medford for 4 years, 2015-2018. It has its good points and bad points. There is a bad meth epidemic and a lot of heroin junkies also. The people are generally friendly. The hospital facilities are very good. There is a strong Christian community there, enough so that several times people would approach me on the streets or in stores, asking me "What church to you go to?". There is almost no ethnic diversity. As for the local "cuisine", the best Chinese food available (unless you make it yourself) is at Panda Express. There are fires in surrounding areas every summer, which combined with temperatures near or over 100 can be very unpleasant. Winters aren't too bad, some snow and ice but tolerable. One huge advantage is that there are almost no traffic problems.

Overall, I'm not sorry to not live there now. There were a couple of sandwich shops that are very good (R & D and Luigi's) but generally if you want very good food, you have to make it. Many people who live there and in Jackson County's other towns like it very much. It just didn't interest me enough to want to continue living there.
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The real truth about Medford OR

Attractions10/10
Community10/10
Nightlife10/10
Dining10/10
Shopping10/10
As it seems to me that just about everything important (and also boring) that can be said about Medford OR has already been stated, I will add my two cents worth for what I feel is important, and not what has been stated about the place already.

I have lived in Medford (aka The Crabs City) for over 8 years and it has some very good things going for it.

It is VERY easy to go out and get drunk here, and used pants are really cheep at the VAC and Goodwill (I go though a lot of them as you might guess) and if you mind your own business -don't rob or have sex with someone just because they're laying round passed out drunk or dead) you'll get along with people just fine here.

The cops here have a very matter of fact -and safe- way of dealing with the others, (what we and the cops call suburbanites who relocate here but refuse to drink with us, have sex with us or mow they're own damn lawns!)

The cops -understandably- go out of their way to avoid those people- or doing ANYTHING for the others at any time! But with the locals, some of which have been drinking with them most of their lives, all I can say is that the locals think Medford cops are tops, and as for me, they have NEVER, not ONCE, bothered me for public intoxication or public pissing, which I think is a really wonderful thing, much better then the cops in Reno NV, because you do not have to have sex with the Medford cops just to be left alone!

Medford does have one small downside, Medford is called "The Crabs City" for a reason, I (though no fault of my own) have had them 15 times (and scabies 6 times) so you need to be really careful who your talking-or drinking with- in a public place, because they (the crabs or scabies) jump on you! And even after a bath and going to church (I was not even drinking at the time) I STILL got them (the crabs) as did half the congregation, and they where REALLY mad at me for a time, but they also knew I was a man of God (and that I ALWAYS shared my drink with ANYONE) so I guess they forgave me, they just asked me to stay away for a while.

Well, I hope this helps someone who is thinking of moving here, best damn drinking town in the USA!
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Great Taste - Medford, Oregon

Attractions9/10
Community9/10
Nightlife3/10
Dining3/10
Shopping9/10
I am an avid fan of farmer's markets; fresh fruits and vegetables. I decided to travel to Medford, Oregon, which is known for it's pears. I went to Harry and David's for a factory tour and free taste tests of their fruits. They are one of the biggest manufacturers of fruit gifts. I got some amazing gifts for my family and for myself. I also went on a tour of a winery in Medford and enjoyed a wine and cheese tasting.

I have always been a fan of the outdoors and in Medford I found many ways to enjoy nature. I went hiking, biking and rafting. I also went to the Medford train park which was a free way to kill time and enjoy all that Medford had to offer.

I had the chance to do a lot of sight seeing and bird watching while enjoying my fresh fruit.

I ate a few mom and pop restraunts throughout my tour of Medford and enjoyed every bit of food they had to offer as well as their well prepared fresh fruits and vegetables. I stayed at a bed and breakfast on the edge of town that offered an at home feel.
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