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Are There Really 50 Medfords in the US?

Updated on October 24, 2012

Heard in the teacher's room at Medford High:

"Did you know that there is a Medford in every state in the Union?" At the time, I just took this statement at face value. But, recently, I was thinking that I've only ever heard of two Medfords: one in Massachusetts and the other in Oregon.

So, as my very first Hub ever, I decided to do a quick Google search to see if there really are 50 Medfords in our United States!

List of Medfords and Their States

So, in my preliminary Google search, I only found a total of 16 "Medfords" out of 50 states.

1. Medford, AL

2. Medford, CT

3. Medford, IN

4. Medford, KS

5. Medford, MA

6. Medford, MD

7. Medford, ME

8. Medford, MN

9. Medford, MO

10. Medford, ND

11. Medford, NJ

12. Medford, NY

13. Medford, OK

14. Medford, OR

15. Medford, TN

16. Medford, WI

Other Findings

There is a Medford Farms in New Hampshire, but that seems to be a section of Goffstown, rather than an independent municipality. There was a rather uninformative entry on Medford (historical) in Arkansas; does this mean there was once a town or city named Medford that was, perhaps, razed to make way for an overpass or dam or some other public project?

Add Your Information To This List!

Now I invite you, dear Reader(s), to add to this list! Do you know of any present or historical Medford in your state (or nearby)? Please, educate us about our own backyard!

Best,

Everymom

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    Anahi Pari-di-Monriva 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    I spent Thanksgiving in Medford, MA this year; a friend of mine just told me she spent Thanksgiving in Medford, too - New Jersey!

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    Laurel 4 years ago

    I live in medford oregon, itd great..

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    Anahi Pari-di-Monriva 5 years ago from Massachusetts

    @Stace Kasse, why has Medford, NJ been in the news so much this year? (Yes, I do feel as though I've been living under a rock! Please forgive me!) I think this would be a fantastic project for students! What grade do you teach?

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    Anahi Pari-di-Monriva 5 years ago from Massachusetts

    @MedfordHouse, first, excuse me for this late response; I've been on hiatus from writing (as I've been teaching and translating instead) and, so, from HubPages. But I'm back! I echo your sentiment about winning the lottery and driving around the country! I'd do the old Route 66, visit all the Medfords, and generally just drive around, hopefully eating at great diners along the way (and, I'm sure, meeting great people!). :-)

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    Stacy Kasse 5 years ago

    I actually teach in Medford, NJ. Very nice town...in the news quite a bit this year, but it is still a great place. I think I might have my students research the other Medfords this year. A fun project.

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    MedfordHouse 5 years ago from Medford, Massachusetts

    Great job finding all these Medford's. If I won the lottery I'd love to drive around the country and visit them all.

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    Tony Lawrence 5 years ago from SE MA

    Remember that when we drop our R's in Boston, they roll South. A few get picked up in Rhode Island, but most of them keep going - some even get to Texas :)

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    Anahi Pari-di-Monriva 5 years ago from Massachusetts

    @Pcunix: how dumb am I? You just handed me a great Hub to write and some linguistic research combined with a travel opportunity and I totally MISSED IT! But, I thank you, as I think I could go for a road trip with my daughter this summer and brush up my phonetic alphabet transcription skills, and probably eat some fantastic local fare! All my life loves and a Hub to write, in one fell swoop!

    Thank you! :-)

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    Anahi Pari-di-Monriva 5 years ago from Massachusetts

    @PCunix, I actually live next door to Medford, MA and taught at the high school there! The pronunciation is sometimes skewed to "Meffa" as well as "Mefford." But I think that is fodder for a linguistically-oriented Hub - but probably one that I will not write as the famed "dropped 'r'" of the Boston area has been quite thoroughly researched at this point.

    Interesting thing, though, is how that dropped 'r' affects beginner level learners' writing in Spanish: whenever they hear an "ah" sound at the end of a word (quite frequent in Spanish!), beginner level students who have been raised in the Boston area of MA _always_ add a written 'r'! It puzzled me at first, but, as a linguist by grad degree and avocation, my brain worried it until the epiphany!

    Thanks for taking the time to read my first hub and, especially, for commenting, Pcunix! :-)

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    Tony Lawrence 5 years ago from SE MA

    If you actually talked to people in an around Medford MA, you'd know that it is pronounced "Mefford" by a good many.. I wonder if that is true in other Medfords?

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    Anahi Pari-di-Monriva 5 years ago from Massachusetts

    Thanks for your comment! I've also been to Medford, Mass. but it was interesting to see how many web pages there are for Medford, Oregon!

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    Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    I've been to Medford, Mass. but that's the only one I know. Interesting.