Medford : Oregon


What It Is Like to Retire in Medford

Medford is the regional center in south central Oregon. It sits in the Rogue Valley, which tends to be drier and hotter than other regions of Oregon.  Nearby are other towns that also attract active adults in retirement, such as Klamath Falls and Grants Pass. The city has had an excellent development plan to attract new residents. Downtown Medford is a vital place and features a restored Ginger Rogers Craterian Theatre, many restored buildings, an urban plaza, and an active library.  More urban renewal projects are underway. 

The economy is quite vital with several large companies. Harry and David, the famous fruit direct marketers, are based in Medford. The area is a vital agricultural region for fruit and wine.  Recreational opportunities are outstanding. The town seems well run and the tax structure is friendly. Photo of Welcome sign near the north end of Medford courtesy of Wikipedia and ZabMilenko (public domain); photo of the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater from Vogel Plaza in Medford, courtesy of Wikipedia and Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives (public domain).

Where to Retire in Medford and Home Prices

The median home value in late 2021 was $386,030, according to There are several active adult communities in the area (see link at left).  There are also many home options to choose from in and around town - from town homes to small farms with orchards.


What Is Special about Medford

Strong local economy and a busy, vital downtown. There are many great places for active adults to live. Attractions include Alba Park, the Commons (urban renewal project), and Vogel Square - host to festivals like Art in Bloom. There are 3 wonderful golf courses close by: Eagle Point, Stone Ridge, and Centennial Bluffs (which is within the city limits). Medical care in Medford is first rate.

What Is Not Special about Medford

It is at least 200 miles to the nearest good-sized city. Unemployment is high and the city's trend has not been positive.

Who Will Like Retirement in Medford

People who move to Medford tend to be outdoors people or who like living in a laidback but busy town.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Health care, Construction, wine, fruit


Climate and Physical Environment

Medford is in the Rogue Valley which sits between the Cascade and the Siskiyou Mountains. This produces a weather shadow which means Medford is drier and hotter than much of the rest of Oregon.  Rainfall between June and Sept. is less than 1" per month. Medford experience frequent temperature inversions in winter which can produce a cold fog in the valley.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Ginger Rogers Craterian Theatre is the hub of local culture, along with an arboretum, and a Carnegie Library.  The Rogue Community College has an extensive downtown campus


The crime rate is just slightly above the national average.

Medical Facilities

Rogue Valley and Providence Medford are the two local medical centers


Rogue Valley International is 3 miles away

Valuable Links

Medford, OR

Medford Wikipedia entry

Oregon retirement guide


What people are saying about Medford

Southern Oregon
Southern Oregon is Oregon’s best kept secret!I live in Grants Pass which is 30 miles just north of Medford. The weather is fantastic—warm dry summers that cool off in the evening, great for sitting out on the deck and sipping the local wine, whose industry has exploded in the last few years. Winters are wet but only 1/3 of the rainfall that northern parts of the state get. We have a banner in downtown Grants Pass that says “Its the Climate”. We are surrounded by 2 mountain ranges, and the pacific coast is a 90 minute drive. There are 3 rivers here great for rafting, fishing and boating. Marijuana is legal here, and the climate does provide perfect conditions for growing so you will see these “grows” or “farms” here as Oregon continues to develop regulations for this new industry. In my opinion the positives outweigh the negatives by far!
Posted by Cyber1thomas on April 05, 2018
Medford local economy
After reading this article, I looked it up in Wikipedia and was surprised to learn: Medford\'s economy is driven primarily by the health care industry.[79] The two major medical centers in the city, Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center[80] and Providence Medford Medical Center, employ over 2,000 people. As Medford is also a retirement destination, assisted living and senior services have become an important part of the economy. This makes Medford a much more appealing retirement town. I plan to make a visit next year.
Posted by clarence on August 29, 2014

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