The seventh-largest community in Oregon, Medford sits 28 miles north of the California border. Medford was established on the remains of an ancient volcanic-flow area. Area visitors can see evidence of this in the lava formations that are found within the city's limits.
Medford is a haven for outdoor activities, among the most popular being floating the Rogue River, bird and wildlife watching, caving, fishing, hiking, hunting and sightseeing. A popular tourist destination, Medford is home to the Upper and Lower Table Rocks, which are visited by more then 10,000 people annually. Spring offers the best time for viewing the many different wild flowers and birds.
Medford is surrounded by pear-growing country, and Harry & David, a pioneer in mail-order fruit shipping, is based near the town.
More than 21 percent of Medford residents have attained a bachelor's degree or a higher level of education. This number exceeds the national average of 14 percent.
The Medford Public School District educates more than 11,000 students, and private schools educate close to 2,000 students. More than 500 teachers are employed in public schools, and 127 teachers are employed in private schools.
Public schools in the city include Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, Griffin Creek Elementary School, Hoover Elementary School, Howard Elementary School, Jackson Elementary School, Hedrick Junior High School, McLoughlin Junior High School, Medford Opportunity High School, North Medford High School, and South Medford High School.
Institutes of higher learning include Abdill Career College, Pacific Bible College, Phagans Medford Beauty School, and Real Estate and Insurance Schools of Oregon.
Medford is a popular shopping area for many people who reside in the southern Oregon and northern California region. In addition to its retail stores, Medford's industries include health care, agriculture, timber, natural resources and mining, construction, manufacturing, information services, finances, education, and government. A number of top employers in the city contribute to Medford's economy:
Medford offers unique area attractions:
Medford is home to the Mail Tribune. This newspaper has served the area faithfully for more than a century.
The city also has a number of television and radio stations: