ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Life and Work in Medford, Oregon

Updated on April 20, 2019
Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Ms. Inglish is a successful employment & training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in gainful employment.

The Rogue River.
The Rogue River. | Source

Great Cities Along Bear Creek/Rogue River

Medford is an anchor city in the Medford-Ashland Metro Area of Southwestern Oregon, supporting over 1,500 small and large businesses. As such, it serves as an economic and medical services hub for both Southern Oregon and Northern California.

This part of the Pacific Northwest features fruit orchards, shopping malls, skateboard parks, fire-spinning events, and indigenous pow wows in addition to good job opportunities. A number of excellent retirement communities are also present.

Bear Creek (Rogue River).
Bear Creek (Rogue River). | Source

This part of the state includes the large Rogue Valley Mall, with a cultural and theater complex in nearby Ashland to the south of Medford.

Several natural attractions enliven the days of people of all ages, including a group of entertaining annual festivals, well maintained historic districts, and popular sports events. In particular, Ashland is the home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

As the Oregon and California Railroad was built out to this area, the town site was chosen by the railroad for a city along Bear Creek in 1884. Thereafter, the city became a hub of commerce and transportation for the timber and agriculture industries. Peaches, pears, and grapes have been a long-term foundation of the fruit trade in this area; joined by timber in the early days and to a lesser extent today.

Crater Lake National Park, northeast of Medford.
Crater Lake National Park, northeast of Medford. | Source

Ashland was named by settlers in honor of the like-named counties in Ohio and Kentucky, where founders of the Oregon city had left family members to travel west.

Upon arrival of the pioneers, agriculture quickly became an economic mainstay, with the orchards bringing international recognition, especially the local pears and the Ashland Peach that garnered honors at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

Agricultural trade depended upon the new railways in the area beginning in 1883 for distribution and both Ashland and Medford benefited from the booming railroad era.

The historic J.C. Penney Building built in 1948 at 102 North Central Avenue. It is an anchor of the Downtown Historic District.
The historic J.C. Penney Building built in 1948 at 102 North Central Avenue. It is an anchor of the Downtown Historic District. | Source
The Commons, Medford OR:
200 N Riverside Ave, Medford, OR 97501, USA

get directions

Historical Society, Old J.C. Penney Building:
102 N Central Ave, Medford, OR 97501, USA

get directions

Medford Furniture & Hardware 29 North Central Avenue, Medford OR:
29 N Central Ave, Medford, OR 97501, USA

get directions

The Commons in Medford

The Commons is an ongoing revitalization project in the downtown urban center of Medford that is increasing the city's economic strength with new businesses and jobs. Public parking and recreation opportunities are also expanding, with overall project plans extending to the year 2017.

In relation to this revitalization, Vogal Plaza has become the center for several events, including the Art in Bloom Festival held near Mother's Day annually. The Pear Blossom Run is held around nearby Alba Park, across from city hall. The Taste of History celebration is held in the Downtown area each June.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Hardware store in a historic Woolworth's five and dime at 29 North Central Avenue.Historic  Shone–Charley House built in 1898 at 305 North Grape Street. Historic Cooley-Neff Warehouse built in 1924 at  340 North Fir Street. It has been transformed into a winery.
Hardware store in a historic Woolworth's five and dime at 29 North Central Avenue.
Hardware store in a historic Woolworth's five and dime at 29 North Central Avenue. | Source
Historic  Shone–Charley House built in 1898 at 305 North Grape Street.
Historic Shone–Charley House built in 1898 at 305 North Grape Street. | Source
Historic Cooley-Neff Warehouse built in 1924 at  340 North Fir Street. It has been transformed into a winery.
Historic Cooley-Neff Warehouse built in 1924 at 340 North Fir Street. It has been transformed into a winery. | Source

Evergreen Mixed Use Project

Green building and construction methods for sustainability have become a part of the Downtown revitalization project. All this includes street and sidewalks, parkways, fencing, new businesses, and re-builds.

Alternative Energy Sources

Greenberry Industrial Mechanical Contractor - Medford projects include structural/mechanical work in industrial constructions such as boiler making, heavy rigging, millwright and equipment setting, pipe fitting, and steel. Partnering with Medford in alternative energy production, this company is supplying the construction management, fabrication, and field services required.

Top 10 Jobs Through AD 2024

  • Teaching and Teachers' Assistant work in mainstream classrooms at nearly all levels of the school system. These positions cover the full gamut od education from K-12 to community college and vocational schools.
  • Healthcare is another local high demand job field, particularly for Registered Nurses (RNs).
  • Tourism is also a healthy part of the local economy, with residents from Northern California, Northern Oregon, Washington, and elsewhere regularly traveling into the area to shop and visit.

High Demand Jobs in the Medford-Ashland Market Area

  1. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  2. Operations Managers and General Managers
  3. Auditing and Bookkeeping Clerks

  4. Mainstream Elementary School Teachers

  5. Mainstream Secondary School Teachers

  6. College-Level and Vocational Teachers and Instructors

  7. Mainstream Middle School Teachers

  8. Retails Sales Persons and Supervisors
  9. Heavy- and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
  10. All Food and Beverage Preparation and Service jobs

Additional high demand jobs include:

  • Teachers' Assistants
  • General Clerks and Attendants
  • Receptionists
  • Licensed Real Estate Agents

Largest Area Employers

  1. Harry and David Operations: Well known fruit and vegetable growers & shippers.
  2. Rogue Valley Medical Center & Asante Health System
  3. Jackson County Government
  4. Medford School District
  5. Boise Cascade Corp. - Paper products and office supplies.
  6. Cascade Wood Products
  7. Providence Medford Medical Center

Diversity Employment Training and Job Placement

  • Living Opportunities: 717 Murphy Road, Medford OR 97504. This company shows the concern of the people of Oregon in the well being and advancement of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Clients can seek job training and support here, as well as use a studio for the arts, music, and performing work and training. An associated organization is Bridging Communities, which has empowered Oregon families to find new, effective ways of managing different aspects of clients on the autism spectrum.

Harry and David Direct Mail Order

It all began with pears and became the largest company in Medford.

Harry and David started with a 240 acre pear orchard at the turn of the 20th century. Company owners began a direct mail order fruit business and followed with high end gift baskets of fruits, jellies, and related items. Their Fruit-of-the-Month-Club offerings are famous throughout the world.

The "H & D Green Promise" is a company project that has eliminated many tons of a paper catalogues via Internet ordering lines. They participated in financing the Jackson County Expo Solar Energy Project and others. Further, they recycle from 50 - 99% of their waste materials, depending upon the type of material. H & D has won awards for is presentations entitled "Sustainability - It's Just Good Business!"

The company regularly employees a staff of 1,700+, but requires around 6,500 seasonal workers every year.

Medford Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber sponsors foreign trips to nations that trade with the city on a continuing basis. These trips include parts of China, Italy, and other locales where Chamber members and expecially young professionals can make business contacts and friendships.

China is Oregon’s number one trade partner and The Chamber has played an active role in the formation of the Southern Oregon China Connection.

— Medford Chamber of Commerce website

Educational Opportunities for Good Careers

  • Abdill Career College: Medical Assistant training and other vocational programs. Location is 843 E Main St #203, Medford OR 97504.
  • Pacific Bible College. 28 S Fir St Suite 212, Medford OR 97501.
  • Rogue Community College
  • Southern Oregon University, located in Ashland
  • Siskiyou Bible College. 2715 Table Rock Rd, Medford OR 97501.

Other Colleges

Vocational Schools

  • Oregon Institute of Aesthetics is located at 2425 Siskiyou Blvd in Ashland, 97520; with sites in Medford and Talent, Oregon. They are recognized by the Oregon Department of Education for part-time study programs that allow students to graduate in five months and meet full requirements for Oregon State Board licensing exams to become an aestheticism. Instruction is in a small clinical setting and covers skin care, skin disorders, glycolic peels, facial massage, spa services, and business practices.

The Springs at Veranda Park Retirement Community in Medford.
The Springs at Veranda Park Retirement Community in Medford. | Source

Retirement Living

Top Seven Retirement Communities, According to YELP in 2019

  1. Prestige Senior Living Arbor Place
  2. Rogue Valley Manor
  3. The Springs at Veranda Park
  4. Weatherly Inn
  5. Fountain Plaza
  6. Bonaventure of Medford
  7. Pioneer Village

Rogue Valley Manor

Interesting Local Activities

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Lithia Park, Ashland.
Lithia Park, Ashland.
Lithia Park, Ashland. | Source

Sports, Recreation and Entertainment

  • Ashland Little League
  • El Chico Fire Spinners
  • Hotrod and Custom Car Show: Each April.
  • Medford Comic-Con: Late April each year.
  • Medford Golf Courses
  • Medford Pear Orchard, 2750 N Foothill RdMedford, Oregon.
  • Medford Skate park
  • Oregon Rodeo & Events Calendars
  • PBA Medford Bowling Open: An annual professional bowling event televised on ESPN.
  • Pow Wows sponsored by various local nations
  • Salmon Fishing on the Rogue River
  • Southern Oregon Artisan Corridor: Farms, creameries, and vineyards near Medford in Central Point.
  • Southern Oregon University: Raiders sports. 1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
    Ashland OR 97520.

El Circo - Firespinning Troupe from Ashland

Medford Skate Park

Southern Oregon University Pow Wow


  • Inglish, P. Autism Spectrum Disorders: Oregon Families Find Solutions.; October 9, 2011.
  • Medford Chamber of Commerce at 101 E 8th St, Medford OR 97501.
  • and job listings throughout 2018 and 2019.
  • Sperling's Best Places" Medford, Oregon.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2008 Patty Inglish MS


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)