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Living in Medford

Medford Oregon

Medford is historically an agricultural and timber processing center known for fruit growing (particularly its pears). More recently it has evolved as a cultural and residential crossroads between California and the Pacific Northwest. The city has a full complement of shopping and retail establishments popular with locals.


The climate is moderate with marked seasonal characteristics. Most of the year is sunny, warm, and dry. Summer high temperatures are around 90 degrees with low humidity and nights cooled by mountain air. There are occasional hot spells with dry heat in the 100s. The Siskiyou and Coast Range rain shadows result in relatively light annual and mostly winter rainfall. Heavy winter snowfall in the surrounding mountains provides excellent skiing, but there is little snowfall in the valley.


Skiing, water-sports, mountain biking, rafting, and hiking opportunities are abundant in the nearby mountains and Rogue River Valley. Ashland, 10 miles south, is a cute college town and arts community anchored by Southern Oregon State University and a renowned annual Shakespeare festival.

Food & Drink

Known for its delectable pears, the city tempts travelers with this mouth-watering treat. Visit Harry and David's for a factory tour, and maybe a free sample, of one of the country's biggest suppliers of fruit gifts. Or make your way through orchards, creameries and vineyards on a tasty wine and cheese tour.


Medford is Southern Oregon’s largest, most diverse city, where you can experience fine wine and gourmet food, and art around every corner. In the Rogue Valley, a cast of small towns with distinct character come together to put on great performances daily: whether you’re taking in an artistic performance, exploring an outdoor market, golfing, fishing or rafting the Rogue River, hiking the Table Rocks, or exploring the Oregon Caves and Crater Lake.