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Old 03-31-2007, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
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My soon-to-be-wife and I are looking to move to the Pacific NW, since she has been there often and loves it. We both love nature, the outdoors, peaceful and healthy living, and a slower pace of life. I have a Master's degree in business and she will soon finish a professional degree in dietetics. We keep looking at Medford/Ashland. We have a friend in Grants Pass that has been very encouraging about Medford, but I have to look at it practically.... My biggest concern is the economy. Although I intend to do plenty of work long-distance via the Internet and phone, I hope to have some opportunities to work in the community to develop small businesses. My fiance' will be in a very similar boat, but her focus is nutrition and weight-loss consulting.

Any feelings about Medford as a place to live, and how it is doing economically?
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Old 04-01-2007, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Socialist Republik of Amerika
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THere is a fair amount of weight that needs addressing in Oregon. So for your wife there is a customer base. For you if you are self employed and motivated you should do well.

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Old 04-01-2007, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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There's quite a few people moving into Oregon including southern Oregon. The economy is not bad but sometimes finding a job that pays well can be a problem.
There are usually service jobs a person could do to start. Having your own business might be the best way to go. That's if it is a business that would be in demand.
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Old 04-02-2007, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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The wages are lower than other big cities in the state for many positions, and the housing is as high for cost or higher.

If you do work over the internet, its fine here. I visited a few companies than do most of their business that way.

Economically - I've heard people like my insurance agent and realtors, say that they can't put their finger on what keeps Medford running financially.

Harry and David's is big, but not enough on its own.

The people are friendly in general, maybe more so that in the Portland area.

I'd pick Grants Pass over Medford, if that makes a difference to you. Visit the two areas and compare. You should notice that one is nicer than the other.
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Old 04-03-2007, 05:41 PM
 
Location: SLC Utah USA
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What is the weather like in the Medford area? How cold does it get in the winter?
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Old 04-03-2007, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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What is the weather like in the Medford area? How cold does it get in the winter?
Summer is warmer than Portland by about 6 degrees average in summer. Not too hot though. Occassional 100s, but not too often.

19 inches of rain per year.

Winter is not very cold for being at near 1500 elevation. This was one of the coldest winters, at near 10 degrees. Last winter, maybe saw 18 to 22 degrees on a couple of occassions. But most winter days are around freezing, with a few days up near the 60s.

Its warmer in Medford than Bend, Oregon.

If 19 inches of rain is too dry, there is 27 to 31 inches of rain in communities within 35 minutes or Medford downtown.
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Old 04-23-2007, 01:45 PM
 
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Medford seems to still be thriving/growing economically. The housing is expensive, but there is $ to be made if you know how. We are surrounded by a lot of smaller towns which makes for a nice variety of communites and people. Grants Pass is a pretty area, it has a lot more retirees so seems to be more of an older community and the job market has been really really slow there. A lot of people I know commute to Medford, but the housing market is a tad more affordable.
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