Medford, OR

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Population

212,070

0.547% growth

Median Age

43


Median Household Income

$48,688

5.06% growth

Poverty Rate

16.7%


Number of Employees

92,422

2.48% growth

Median Property Value

$240,900

7.31% growth

About

In 2017, Medford, OR had a population of 212k people with a median age of 43 and a median household income of $48,688. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Medford, OR grew from 210,916 to 212,070, a 0.547% increase and its median household income grew from $46,343 to $48,688, a 5.06% increase.

The population of Medford, OR is 81.7% White Alone, 12.2% Hispanic or Latino, and 3.26% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Medford, OR speak a non-English language, and 96.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Medford, OR are Southern Oregon University (1,397 degrees awarded in 2016), Northwest College-Medford (59 degrees), and Abdill Career College Inc (53 degrees).

The median property value in Medford, OR is $240,900, and the homeownership rate is 62.9%. Most people in Medford, OR commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 17.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Medford, OR is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Medford, OR employs 92.4k people. The largest industries in Medford, OR are Health Care & Social Assistance (16,156 people), Retail Trade (12,741 people), and Manufacturing (8,703 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($62,202), Public Administration ($49,637), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($47,868).

Median household income in Medford, OR is $48,688. Males in Medford, OR have an average income that is 1.29 times higher than the average income of females, which is $48,053. The income inequality in Medford, OR (measured using the Gini index) is 0.469, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$48,688

2017 value

± $1,163

5.06%

1 Year Growth

± 3.39%

Households in Medford, OR have a median annual income of $48,688, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $46,343 in 2016, which represents a 5.06% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$61,970

Average Male Salary

± $1,681

$48,053

Average Female Salary

± $1,355

In 2017, full-time male employees in Oregon made 1.29 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $56,926 ± $5,268

  2. White

    $47,707 ± $1,033

  3. Alaska Native

    $40,267 ± $28,756

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Oregon workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Medford, OR is from Oregon.

0.469

2017 Wage GINI

0.471

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Oregon was 0.469 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.411% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Oregon was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Oregon in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Oregon across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Medford, OR was Washington County, OR with a value of $80,946, followed by Clackamas County, OR and Deschutes County, OR, with respective values of $79,878 and $66,273.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Medford, OR (35.1k out of 210k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 55 - 64.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    31,330 ± 1,341

  2. Hispanic

    7,087 ± 638

  3. Two Or More

    1,747 ± 306

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Medford, OR is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

92.4k

2017 Value

± 2,317

2.48%

1 Year growth

± 3.54%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Medford, OR grew at a rate of 2.48%, from 90.2k employees to 92.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Medford, OR, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,460 people), Sales & Related Occupations (10,319 people), and Management Occupations (8,374 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Medford, OR.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Medford, OR, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (12,460 people), Sales & Related Occupations (10,319 people), and Management Occupations (8,374 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Medford, OR has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.98 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (1.5 times), and Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.34 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Medford, OR, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($74,684), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($69,004), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($61,206).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

92.4k

2017 Value

± 2,317

2.48%

1 Year growth

± 3.54%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Medford, OR grew at a rate of 2.48%, from 90.2k employees to 92.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Medford, OR, are Health Care & Social Assistance (16,156 people), Retail Trade (12,741 people), and Manufacturing (8,703 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Medford, OR, though some of these residents may live in Medford, OR and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Medford, OR, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (16,156 people), Retail Trade (12,741 people), and Manufacturing (8,703 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Medford, OR has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.12 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.26 times), and Retail Trade (1.21 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Medford, OR, by median earnings, are Utilities ($62,202), Public Administration ($49,637), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($47,868).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Oregon to other states, or from other states to Oregon.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $18.5B

  2. $13.1B

  3. $12.8B

In 2015, the top outbound Oregon product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $18.5B, followed by Electronics ($13.1B) and Motorized vehicles ($12.8B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Oregon products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$134B

2015 Value

$201B

Projected 2045 Value

49.9% growth

In 2015, total outbound Oregon trade was $134B. This is expected to increase 49.9% to $201B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Oregon trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Oregon to other states, or from other states to Oregon.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $26.5B

  2. $17.6B

  3. $2.94B

In 2015, the top outbound Oregon domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Washington with $26.5B, followed by California with $17.6B and Minnesota and $2.94B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Oregon shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

90.3% of the population of Medford, OR has health coverage, with 36.4% on employee plans, 21.7% on Medicaid, 14.8% on Medicare, 14.9% on non-group plans, and 2.44% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Medford, OR was $8,044 in 2014. This is a 7.73% increase from the previous year ($7,467).

Primary care physicians in Medford, OR see 1070 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.187% increase from the previous year (1068 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1272 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 226 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Crook County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.2%). Additionally, Linn County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (35.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,070 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Oregon see an average of 1,070 patients per year. This represents a 0.187% increase from the previous year (1,068 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,044

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,232

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,185

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,942

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Oregon (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 7.73%, from $7,467 to $8,044.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

9.66%

Uninsured

36.4%

Employer Coverage

21.7%

Medicaid

14.8%

Medicare

14.9%

Non-Group

2.44%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Medford, OR declined by 16.2% from 11.5% to 9.66%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Medford, OR changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14.2% prevalence

  2. 13.3% prevalence

  3. 13.3% prevalence

Crook County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Oregon, at 14.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Oregon by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Medford, OR is home to a population of 212k people, from which 96.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.96% of Medford, OR residents were born outside of the country (12.6k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Medford, OR is composed of 173k White Alone residents (81.7%), 25.9k Hispanic or Latino residents (12.2%), 6.91k Two or More Races residents (3.26%), 2.47k Asian Alone residents (1.16%), 1.33k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.628%), 1.23k Black or African American Alone residents (0.581%), 579 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.273%), and 389 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.183%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Medford, OR are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

43

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

45

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Medford, OR was 43. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Medford, OR are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Medford, OR residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.96%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

12.6k people

5.92%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

12.5k people

As of 2017, 5.96% of Medford, OR residents (12.6k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Medford, OR was 5.92%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    146,430 ± 9,222 people

  2. Vietnam

    21,288 ± 3,573 people

  3. China

    20,489 ± 3,505 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Oregon was Mexico, the natal country of 146,430 Oregon residents, followed by Vietnam with 21,288 and China with 20,489.

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Citizenship

96.5%

2017 Citizenship

96.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.5% of Medford, OR residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Medford, OR was 96.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    173k ± 276

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    25.9k ± 1.28k

  3. Two or More Races

    6.91k ± 547

In 2017, there were 6.68 times more White Alone residents (173k people) in Medford, OR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 25.9k Hispanic or Latino and 6.91k Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Medford, OR as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Medford, OR citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Medford, OR was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Medford, OR are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    7,009 ± 530

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,255 ± 413

  3. Korea

    2,184 ± 277

Medford, OR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.11 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Medford, OR awarded 1,543 degrees. The student population of Medford, OR is skewed towards women, with 2,447 male students and 4,034 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Medford, OR are White (1,058 and 70.5%), followed by Unknown (154 and 10.3%), Hispanic or Latino (125 and 8.33%), and Two or More Races (91 and 6.07%).

The largest universities in Medford, OR by number of degrees awarded are Southern Oregon University (1,397 and 90.5%), Northwest College-Medford (59 and 3.82%), and Abdill Career College Inc (53 and 3.43%).

The most popular majors in Medford, OR are Teacher Education (200 and 13%), General Business Administration & Management (196 and 12.7%), and Teacher Education & Professional Development (75 and 4.86%).

The median tuition costs in Medford, OR are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $6,813 and $21,460 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 145 degrees awarded

  2. 69 degrees awarded

  3. 64 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Medford, OR was General Business Administration & Management with 145 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Medford, OR according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,397 degrees awarded

  2. 59 degrees awarded

  3. 53 degrees awarded

$6,813

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Medford, OR institution with the largest number of graduating students was Southern Oregon University with 1,397 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

551

Degrees Awarded to Men

992

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 551 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Medford, OR, which is 0.555 times less than the 992 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,058 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    154 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    125 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Medford, OR were to White students. These 1,058 degrees mean that there were 6.87 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 154 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Medford, OR was $240,900 in 2017, which is 1.11 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $224,500 to $240,900, a 7.31% increase. The homeownership rate in Medford, OR is 62.9%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Medford, OR have an average commute time of 17.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Medford, OR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$48,688

Median Household Income

± $1,163

86.2k

Number of Households

± 2,080

In 2017, the median household income of the 86.2k households in Medford, OR grew to $48,688 from the previous year's value of $46,343.

The following chart displays the households in Medford, OR distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$240,900

2017 Median

± $4,641

$224,500

2016 Median

± $4,431

In 2017, the median property value in Medford, OR grew to to $240,900 from the previous year's value of $224,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Medford, OR compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Medford, OR the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Medford, OR distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Medford, OR the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

62.9%

2017 Homeownership

62.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 62.9% of the housing units in Medford, OR were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 62.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Medford, OR compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Medford, OR distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Medford, OR have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

17.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Medford, OR have a shorter commute time (17.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.24% of the workforce in Medford, OR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    75.5%

  2. Carpooled

    10%

  3. Worked At Home

    7.87%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Medford, OR was Drove Alone (75.5%), followed by those who Carpooled (10%) and those who Worked At Home (7.87%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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