Medford is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Oregon. With a population of 81,636 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Medford is the eighth largest community in Oregon.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Medford is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Medford is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Medford who work in office and administrative support (14.25%), sales jobs (11.89%), and food service (8.88%).
One of the benefits of Medford is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.09 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Medford use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Medford‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
The citizens of Medford are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.66% of adults in Medford having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Medford in 2010 was $24,032, which is upper middle income relative to Oregon, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $96,128 for a family of four. However, Medford contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Medford is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Medford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Medford residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Medford also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.64% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Medford include Irish, English, Italian, and French .
The most common language spoken in Medford is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Pacific Island languages.