WELCOME TO MEDFORD
Medford is one of the most beautiful and livable areas in the Pacific Northwest. Located in Southern Oregon, Medford is surrounded by the majestic Cascade and Siskiyou Mountains, and is midway between San Francisco and Seattle, with daily direct flights serving those cities as well as Portland, Denver, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Phoenix. Medford offers breathtaking scenery in every direction, a growing economic base, a moderate climate, and an excellent quality of life. An amendment to the city's Urban Growth Boundary was recently approved and has added 1,658 acres for future residential and employment development.
OUR CITYIncorporated in 1885, the City of Medford utilizes the Mayor/Council form of government. Medford is divided into four wards, with two Council members per ward. The Mayor is elected at large by the community for a four-year term. Council members also serve four-year terms, with one Council position in each ward being up for election every two years.
Medford is a full-service city with 11 operating departments including City Manager/Mayor and Council, Medford Urban Renewal Agency, Finance, City Attorney, Human Resources/Risk Management, Police, Fire, Parks, Recreation and Facilities, Public Works, Planning, and Building Safety. A Water Commission, while separate from the City, purchases, and coordinates various services with Medford.
THE COMMUNITYLocated in Jackson County, Oregon, the City of Medford has a population of 79,590 and serves as the County seat. Medford is the demographic and economic hub of the Southern Oregon region. With the continued growth in healthcare, retail, and manufacturing along with retirees discovering this great region, the City anticipates a continued growth rate of 1.8% per year.
Medford is currently the 4th largest metro area in Oregon and is known throughout the country and the world for its pear orchards and vineyards, and is home to Harry & David, one of the world's largest shippers of fruit and food gifts.
The region offers endless outdoor recreation opportunities including beautiful city, state and county parks, championship golf courses, hiking, cycling, fishing, birdwatching, skiing, and other snow sports, and whitewater rafting and other activities on the world famous Rogue River located only minutes away.
Crater Lake, known as the deepest lake in North America, is just an hour and a half drive from Medford. Medford is also conveniently located just two hours from the Oregon Coast, and 30 minutes from the Mt. Ashland Ski area.
Medford's economy is driven primarily by the healthcare industry. The area boasts several major and community medical centers and physician groups, with the Asante Health System and Providence Medford Medical Center being the largest healthcare employers, employing over 2,000 people.
EDUCATIONThe Medford School District is a premier district that encompasses 361 square miles in the heart of Southern Oregon's beautiful Rogue Valley. The district serves 14,000 students in 14 elementary schools, two middle schools, three high schools and four charter schools. Thanks, in part, to a $189 million investment by the community, the educational facilities are unequaled in the region. The district employs highly-qualified innovative educators who are dedicated to changing the world one student at a time. Medford School District students are outperforming state averages on statewide assessments and the district's graduation is steadily rising.
In addition to the Medford School District, the community also offers pre-school and K-12 private schools. Higher education opportunities include Southern Oregon University (6,200 students) with campuses in Ashland and Medford, and Rogue Community College (16,000 students) with facilities in Medford and White City.