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Old 12-19-2008, 05:25 PM
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Hi, everyone! I have a question for all of you. My husband has a potential job offer in Medford - it is potentially a good career move, about 10-15% more in salary, and he would like to explore the option. My entire family is here in the Austin/San Antonio area, so I'm the hold-out! I have been to Portland and Seattle many times, having family there, but never to Medford. Can anyone answer some questions:

What is the town like? Can you compare it to Portland at all? Is it blue collar? Is it family friendly? How are the schools? Churches? Is it isolated? How's the weather? Is it outdoor oriented? Not just to the mountains, but is it pedestrian friendly, bike friendly? Is it pretty there, in the town? What are the drawbacks? Is the economy having an effect on the atmosphere there? His job offer is in the public sector, so it's a bit more immune to downsizing and layoffs.

Thanks, y'all !!
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Old 12-20-2008, 11:37 AM
Location: Southern Oregon
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To take your questions one at a time:
What the town like---Medford is the largest town center in Southern Oregon, you'll find opinions about Medford as diverse as those that live or have lived here, it all depends on their experiences. I like Medford, it's has everything I need.
Can you compare it with Portland- No, Medford is about 70,000 people, Portland metro area is in the neighborhood of 1,000,000 people.
Is it blue collar---mostly yes.
Is it family friendly---I would say as friendly as any other town, you make it as friendly as you choose to be.
How are the schools--I don't really know, my children graduated many years ago.
Churches----yes, and plenty of them.
Is it isolated, not really, it sets on the I-5 corridor, your about 4 hour drive to Portland and about 5 hour drive to San Franciso.
The Weather--Hot in the summer and cool in the winter, with about 35 inches of rain per year.
Outdoor oriented- There are allot of things to do here, plenty of lakes, rivers and mountains.
Pedestrian friendly, yes
Bike friendy, yes, Medford has the Bear Creek Greenbelt which is a bike path from Ashland to Medford.
Is it pretty here, I would say yes, very green, lots of trees, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
What are the drawbacks, for me, Traffic I have seen this town grow form about 35,000 to 70,000 and the road infrastructure hasn't kept up. There are areas of town that do have drug problems, but doesn't most towns.
The ecomony here is depressed, it always has been, Southern Oregon has the worse ecomony, for it size, anywhere in Oregon, but people do make a living here. There is a large transient group here, for Medford is the first large town coming north out of California and the last town heading south out of Oregon.

All in all, it's an ok town to live in, I enjoy it.
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Old 12-21-2008, 09:46 PM
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I wouldn't say any public-sector jobs in Southern Oregon are immune to layoff at all. The area has very low taxes, due to an influx of Federal make-up money to make up for the forests being Federal land. Government in Southern Oregon almost went under - literally - until Federal money arrived. Folks could just pay the same taxes as most of the rest of the state... but good luck with that.
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Old 12-26-2008, 12:41 PM
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Caution... the 10 to 15 percent salary increase may be easily eaten away by the higher cost of living in Oregon. Do the math before you relocate.
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